Defensive regime used defensive back, spit him out, and polished him up all nice and shiny
Now that Pat Tillman‘s family has spoken out about the government’s “disgusting” coverup of his futile death, the former NFL star (left) can finally rest in peace. It’s clear that his third and final career—as a propaganda tool for the Bush regime—is mercifully over. As Josh White writes in today’s Washington Post:
“Pat had high ideals about the country; that’s why he did what he did,” Mary Tillman said in her first lengthy interview since her son’s death. “The military let him down. The administration let him down. It was a sign of disrespect. The fact that he was the ultimate team player and he watched his own men kill him is absolutely heartbreaking and tragic. The fact that they lied about it afterward is disgusting.”
The records show Tillman fought bravely and honorably until his last breath. They also show that his superiors exaggerated his actions and invented details as they burnished his legend in public, at the same time suppressing details that might tarnish Tillman’s commanders.
Meanwhile, the boss of Tillman’s commanders—Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld—wasted no opportunity to use Tillman’s death to make the Bush regime’s dirty war schemes sparkle. On September 10, 2004, before Coll broke the full story of the Tillman scandal, Rumsfeld took the podium at the National Press Club in D.C. to say:
Yes, Tillman is a symbol of the bungled search for bin Laden, which was slowed to a crawl so the Bush regime could divert troops to Iraq, liberate Halliburton, and set the stage for a generation of war—the kind of profitable undertaking that the officials of Oceania would be proud of.