Unforgettable Pat Tillman

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    "Pat Tillman's family says 'fuck' a lot. And who can blame them? Pat's youngest brother, at the memorial service for the fallen NFL-star-turned-soldier, follows Maria Shriver's 'Pat is with God now' rhetoric with, 'Pat would want me to say this: He's not with God, he's fucking dead.'

    "A year later, Pat Tillman Sr. writes a blistering letter to the military brass who continued to stonewall the investigation into his son's death signed, 'Fuck you…and yours.'"

    After the attacks of 9/11/2001 Pat turned his back on a $3.6 million NFL contract and enlisted in the army along with his brother, Kevin. At the time Pat refused all interview requests, preferring to serve his country to more time in the spotlight.

    How did the army repay Pat's selflessness?

    A week after Pat's death Lt. General John Abizaid, head of US Central Command, "told the press that a day earlier he had discussed 'that firefight where Pat Tillman lost his life' with Tillman's platoon leader."

    "On April 30, the Army posthumously awarded Tillman the Silver Star for bravery, stating that Tillman died in a heroic charge up an enemy-held hill.

    'Corporal Tillman put himself in the line of devastating enemy fire. ... While mortally wounded, his audacious leadership and courageous example under fire inspired his men to fight with great risk to their own personal safety, resulting in the enemy's withdrawal and his platoon's safe passage from the ambush kill zone.'

    "The truth, though, was that Tillman had been killed by three bullets to the forehead fired by American soldiers in a friendly fire accident, and Army officials knew it immediately.

    "Officers on the scene knew it, which may be why they ordered that Tillman's body armor and uniform be burned."

    "Abizaid knew it when he made those comments to the press a week after Tillman's death. The officers who drafted the false Silver Star citation knew it, too."

    Tillman Death

    What the war whores didn't know was that Pat came from a family that wouldn't back down.

    "As his brother put it the military picked the wrong family to mess with."

    Pat Tillman's War
     
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    The military didn't pick a family to mess with. The military is and always has been dysfunctional.

    that said, poor Pat, he trusted patriotism had honor. It often doesn't.
     
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    What Pat didn't trust was fame.

    At least according to Stan Goff, former Army combat vet and author of Full-Spectrum Disorder

    "He (Pat) joined the Army because he didn't trust fame. He was afraid it might keep him from growing up and being honest and responsible...and (he) had this idea that having a physical gift shouldn't be some kind of exemption...

    "But it is something essential about Pat Tillman that needs to be out there...that sense of ethics that will not substitute words for deeds.

    "And he hated idealizations.

    "He was 26 when he fell. Pretty thoughtful for 26, in this culture especially."

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