Pat Tillman's brother on Capital Hill - blasting military
As he has every right to do. His brother volunteered, died by
friendly fire. Making matters far worse, the military did not give
the family direct and correct answers early on. The familiy had
to fight for every bit of information they got on how Pat died.
It's a sad and pathetic story. Tillman volunteered, served bravely
and honorably. He was a hero. He did a lot of good in his time in
The military handled it all wrong after he was accidentally killed however.
No two ways about that.
The family deserves answers.
They've received answers, but, not in a decent or professional
manner. I agree with them on all of that completely. The military
way of dealing with friendly fire deaths, accidental deaths in the
field, or in training, is terrible.
However, I don't think there was some grand conspiracy to mistreat
the family, cover up for some high official, etc.
I think it was the way the military works - plodding, secretive
inside allegiances, messy, slow. Going back decades.
It was an accident.
It should not have happened.
But, accidents in the field of battle, in training, etc., happen
regularly in the military. Pat Tillman was one of the accidents.
I do think regular officers in the field, with some enlisted men,
made poor decisions on how to handle the high profile friendly
fire death of Tillman. They knew he was famous. They knew they
would be blamed. They tried to cover up as much as they could
right there, in the field, while they could.
They knew they would be blamed, rightly so. They knew it would
be headline news.
It was still an accident. But, how the people immediately there,
working with Tillman, serving with him, mishandled how they should
have dealt w/the death.
Those immediately above them, not in the field, should have
ordered an immediate in depth investigation because he was
famous. Not accept the story they were given early on. As they
That movie Meg Ryan did about a Gulf War 'friendly fire' death is
more typical of the way the military handles things....inside info,
story comes out long after the fact, family is kept in the dark until
the family digs up and demands answers, etc.