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November 06, 2006

A Birthday Present for Pat Tillman

Kevin Tillman, Pat's brother, who went into the military at the same time as Pat in 2002, wrote an article a few weeks ago about his brother's death and the Iraqi war.  Kevin was discharged last year.  He says:

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.

This is a lot more.  Take a look.  And then consider making your vote a way to give Pat Tillman a voice. 

Posted by Lynn Allen on November 6, 2006 at 08:49 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink


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