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Old 10-24-2006, 12:37 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Pat Tillman's brother on serving in the U.S. military

Posted on Oct 19, 2006

By Kevin Tillman

Editor's note: Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pat was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. Kevin, who was discharged in 2005, has written a powerful, must-read document.


It is Pat's birthday on November 6, and elections are the day after. It gets me thinking about a conversation I had with Pat before we joined the military. He spoke about the risks with signing the papers. How once we committed, we were at the mercy of the American leadership and the American people. How we could be thrown in a direction not of our volition. How fighting as a soldier would leave us without a voice… until we got out.

Much has happened since we handed over our voice:

Somehow we were sent to invade a nation because it was a direct threat to the American people, or to the world, or harbored terrorists, or was involved in the September 11 attacks, or received weapons-grade uranium from Niger, or had mobile weapons labs, or WMD, or had a need to be liberated, or we needed to establish a democracy, or stop an insurgency, or stop a civil war we created that can't be called a civil war even though it is. Something like that.

Somehow America has become a country that projects everything that it is not and condemns everything that it is.

Somehow our elected leaders were subverting international law and humanity by setting up secret prisons around the world, secretly kidnapping people, secretly holding them indefinitely, secretly not charging them with anything, secretly torturing them. Somehow that overt policy of torture became the fault of a few "bad apples" in the military.

Somehow back at home, support for the soldiers meant having a five-year-old kindergartener scribble a picture with crayons and send it overseas, or slapping stickers on cars, or lobbying Congress for an extra pad in a helmet. It's interesting that a soldier on his third or fourth tour should care about a drawing from a five-year-old; or a faded sticker on a car as his friends die around him; or an extra pad in a helmet, as if it will protect him when an IED throws his vehicle 50 feet into the air as his body comes apart and his skin melts to the seat.

Somehow the more soldiers that die, the more legitimate the illegal invasion becomes.

Somehow American leadership, whose only credit is lying to its people and illegally invading a nation, has been allowed to steal the courage, virtue and honor of its soldiers on the ground.

Somehow those afraid to fight an illegal invasion decades ago are allowed to send soldiers to die for an illegal invasion they started.

Somehow faking character, virtue and strength is tolerated.

Somehow profiting from tragedy and horror is tolerated.

Somehow the death of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people is tolerated.

Somehow subversion of the Bill of Rights and The Constitution is tolerated.

Somehow suspension of Habeas Corpus is supposed to keep this country safe.

Somehow torture is tolerated.

Somehow lying is tolerated.

Somehow reason is being discarded for faith, dogma, and nonsense.

Somehow American leadership managed to create a more dangerous world.

Somehow a narrative is more important than reality.

Somehow America has become a country that projects everything that it is not and condemns everything that it is.

Somehow the most reasonable, trusted and respected country in the world has become one of the most irrational, belligerent, feared, and distrusted countries in the world.

Somehow being politically informed, diligent, and skeptical has been replaced by apathy through active ignorance.

Somehow the same incompetent, narcissistic, virtueless, vacuous, malicious criminals are still in charge of this country.

Somehow this is tolerated.

Somehow nobody is accountable for this.

In a democracy, the policy of the leaders is the policy of the people. So don't be shocked when our grandkids bury much of this generation as traitors to the nation, to the world and to humanity. Most likely, they will come to know that "somehow" was nurtured by fear, insecurity and indifference, leaving the country vulnerable to unchecked, unchallenged parasites.

Luckily this country is still a democracy. People still have a voice. People still can take action. It can start after Pat's birthday.

Brother and Friend of Pat Tillman,

Kevin Tillman


Like I have said before our country has been hijacked and most americans has on blindfolds !!!!

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Old 10-24-2006, 01:59 PM   #2
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good read

I respect what the tillmans attempted to do...But I think I always feared that the leadership in this country could not be trusted or I would have no problems with joining the military...

Its really a shame that this guy (along with the thousands of others) lost his life because of lies....

troops who put their lives and their very souls on the line for something should at least know the truth of what they are fighting for...Government shouldnt need to tell all aspects, but government should be trustworthy enough where the soldiers fight (& die) with honor when needed
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Old 10-24-2006, 02:51 PM   #3
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Somehow we were sent to invade a nation because it was a direct threat to the American people, or to the world, or harbored terrorists, or was involved in the September 11 attacks, or received weapons-grade uranium from Niger, or had mobile weapons labs, or WMD, or had a need to be liberated, or we needed to establish a democracy, or stop an insurgency, or stop a civil war we created that can't be called a civil war even though it is. Something like that.

It was oil, pure and simple. All the other (attempted) justifications for the war have been proven to be nonsense.

The Iraq war has been a fukup in so many ways.
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Old 10-24-2006, 03:03 PM   #4
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Link?

Anyway it's terrible what happened to Pat Tillman and what's happening to the US in general. Now we are stuck in Iraq for no good reason and our soldiers are dying. Government isn't trust worthy either.
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Old 10-25-2006, 01:27 PM   #5
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This Is Why I Don't Know Why It's Hard To Believe Our Own Govt Had Something To Do With 9/11
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Old 10-25-2006, 02:54 PM   #6
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Sure the Govt planned and carried out 911 so they could attack.... Afghanistan?

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Old 10-25-2006, 10:23 PM   #7
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Sure the Govt planned and carried out 911 so they could attack.... Afghanistan?


i'm not here to play the conspiracy card, but. . . a country that produces the vast majority of the world's opium is an extremely important part of the world economy.

and its geographic position could potentially be vital considering the location of much of the world's remaining natural gas.

. . .

as for the tillmans. much, much respect for these guys. SIs article 'remember his name' was an incredible read on pat. quotes like 'this war is so fu(king illegal' while he was serving in iraq are mindblowing.

this guy was potentially the greatest example of american patriotism and then he was killed by friendly fire and then his govt tried to cover that up to increase overall patriotism.

shame.
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I was surprised to find out how, well.. liberal Pat Tillman seemed. He was a big fan of Chomsky. He actually had an interview to speak with him upon his return from Iraq. Unfortunately, it never happened.
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Read that article in SI... more good stuff
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Sure the Govt planned and carried out 911 so they could attack.... Afghanistan?


Read The Grand Chessboard by former (Democrat!) National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. In the book, Brzezinski outlines the path towards an American empire including the need for a new Pearl Harbor. Brzezinski also writes that control of Central Asia is the key to an American hegemony.

Afghanistan is more important than you think.
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