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Pat Tillman, Revisited
You all may remember the Pat Tillman story, as told by the Bush administration. Tillman, we were told, left his lucrative career as an All-Pro NFL player to enlist right after 9/11. After he was killed in Afghanistan, Bush extolled him as a perfect embodiment of right thinking Americans. Ann Coulter called him "an American original--virtuous, pure and masculine like only an American male can be."
Then we found out that he was actually killed from friendly fire, though it took the Pentagon 5 weeks to give his parents this news.
Now, in a September 25 story in the S.F. Chronicle, we learn that Tillman was a much more complex man than we had been led to believe. Turns out he read voraciously, and, while he believed in the fight against Al Quaeda, he was dead set against the Iraq war, which he said was "f**cking illegal." He was also no fat of George W. Bush, preferring the likes of Noam Chomsky.
The Bush administration had no problem in portraying him as a great embodiment of everything they were doing in Iraq, just as they shamelessly used footage from 9/11 in the 2004 campaign.
All this was confirmed, by the way, by Tillman's mother and best friend in the army.