Pat Tillman was an outstanding football player, he was an outstanding young scholar, and he was a patriot who wanted to serve his country. Ordinarily, a man with such background would have his life story welcomed in Army theaters, but this is America, year 2010 when people prefer listening to Tea Party fantasy than to the truth. A film about his life, “The Tillman Story” will not be shown in military theaters because, policy dictates against the showing of “documentaries at military theaters.” Of course, a slight factor in this decision was the film’s portrayal of military leaders, President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other political leaders using Tillman’s death in order to sell the war in Iraq to Americans. The true story of his death involved repeated lies by government and military officials who wanted to use Tillman as a poster boy for the war. He was killed by his own men, and died a patriot which is a lot more than one can say about the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld crowd.
An unsolved mystery is whether men with whom he served deliberately used their weapons to kill him. Frankly, that is not the issue. The issue is how mass media and government colluded to use the death of a hero for their own political and financial purposes.