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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Things that make you go hmmmm....

“I can see it like a movie screen,” Baer said. “We were outside of (a city in southern Iraq) watching as bombs were dropping on the town. We were at an old air base, me, Kevin and Pat, we weren’t in the fight right then. We were talking. And Pat said, ‘You know, this war is so f— illegal.’ And we all said, ‘Yeah.’ That’s who he was. He totally was against Bush.”
Pat was Pat Tillman, the football player who gave up his lucrative job as an Arizona Cardinal safety to fight in the "war on terror." He was briefly a hero for the wingnuts, having supposedly braved al Qaeda and Taliban and, oh probably Iraqi and Nazi and Japanese and Commie and Redcoat and Klingon fire while charging fearlessly up a hill in Afghanistan. Except it turned out that he was killed by friendly fire:
The soldier next to him testified: “I could hear the pain in his voice as he called out, ‘Cease fire, friendlies, I am Pat f—ing Tillman, dammit.” He said this over and over until he stopped,” having been hit by three bullets in the forehead, killing him.
The Army covered up the friendly-fire part of his death while Rummy and aWol and the other wingnuts played him up as a hero. Like their earlier attempts to make a heroine out of Jessica Lynch, the lies eventually got exposed. At least some of them--Digby suggests that Tillman may have been fragged, possibly because of his anti-Bush stance.

Did you know that Tillman's favorite author was, wait for it--Noam Chomsky?

(The quotes and most of the background in this post come from The Cunning Realist.)