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AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY...
on 23 August 2010
The author weaves a well-written, gripping narrative of two worlds colliding, that of NFL football player turned Army Ranger, Pat Tillman, and that of the US government and its war against Al-Qaeda. It is a uniquely American story straight out of the heartland.
Based upon Pat Tillman's journals and letters, as well as interviews with his wife, family, and friends, the book reveals that Pat Tillman was an interesting, introspective, and complex man, an alpha male with an inquiring mind and a good heart. He embodied the best of the American man, while at the same time was somewhat of an enigma and an intriguing juxtaposition of contrasts, admirable yet flawed.
When he decided to turn down a lucrative multi-million dollar NFL contract and do his bit for his country, he most certainly considered the possibility of dying in combat when he was sent to the war zone. What I doubt he envisioned was the possibility at dying as a result of "friendly fire", though this is often a reality of war. Nor did he envision the perfidy of his government in the event that this did happen.
Pat Tillman was a good soldier who had his doubts about the war but remained committed to keeping his word and serving his country, despite being presented with the opportunity to get out of the Army, while the going was good. It was an opportunity that he declined, as he chose, instead, to be true to his word. The government, on the other hand, went to tremendous lengths to fuel pro war propaganda in order to bamboozle the American public into thinking that one and one equaled three.
Unfortunately, Army, as well as Bush administration officials, chose to act without honor when it came to Pat Tillman, using him as propaganda against his wishes and lying to his family and to the American public about the circumstances surrounding his death. Their perfidy is a clear contrast to the values cherished by Pat Tillman. The actions of the Army and Bush Administration officials are a stain upon the honor of this country. They should be ashamed, but I somehow doubt that they are. Pat Tillman stands in marked contrast to these officials, as he was everything that they are not.