Wednesday, October 25, 2006

"Somehow a narrative is more important than reality."

Kevin Tillman is the brother of the late Pat Tillman, whose birthday will be (or was) November 6, the day before election day.

Go read his comments on what has happened since he and his brother joined the military.

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.

Lots more at the link. Today's cries of a frustrated, out of power political minority. Primary source material for future historians.

H/T Slactivist.

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