ASU’s Salute To Pat Tillman Tonight Was Just More Of The Same Propaganda That Got Him Killed
Yeah, pretty inspiring to see Arizona State come out tonight in their game with visiting Oregon -- not only is the tunnel named for the late Sun Devils and Arizona Cardinals great Pat Tillman, but ASU was wearing special Tillman-inspired uniforms.
One would think that Tillman would have approved. But one would probably be wrong.
The ASU players all had Tillman's name on their jerseys, and they were wearing specially made, Adidas-manufactured shirts, camo pants pants and cleats as well, the latter made in part with Kevlar. Adidas, in conjunction with the Pat Tillman Foundation and ASU, is producing camouflage shirts and sneakers in honor of Tillman. Arizona State’s “Salute to Service” unis were worn by the Sun Devils tonight.
The shirts have one of Tillman's quotes on the back: "Passion makes our life interesting, ignites our soul, fuels our love, carries our friendships, stimulates our intellect and pushes our limits."
But as Dave Zirin wrote in a piece for The Nation:
They did not choose the words that Pat Tillman said when he was sent on multiple Ranger missions in Iraq: "This war is so fucking illegal.”
I spoke with Rory Fanning, who served in the Army Rangers with Pat, and then walked across the country out of his own desire to raise money for the Tillman Foundation. “I couldn’t put words in Pat’s mouth, but I can say that the camo being worn in Pat’s name should be designed with burn marks,” he said. “Then it wouldn’t be shameless propaganda but instead would call attention to the fact that Pat’s uniform and diary were burned by the chain of command before his autopsy as they tried to cover up the true cause of his death. Maybe burned and tattered cleats could remind people that no high-ranking officers or members of the Bush administration were ever held accountable for the cover-up.”
Just two days after Hillary Clinton sat through 11 hours of testimony in the congressional Benghazi hearings, we have this dog-and-pony show in Arizona. Tillman was killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004 -- a fact not released to his family until May 28 of that year. Tillman enlisted while a member of the Cardinals, but soon became disillusioned when he learned the facts of how the U.S. entered the conflict. And he said so, often, which many say is the reason that the Army tried to cover up his death, at first saying he had died at the enemy's hands in combat.
Some say it's why he died. It was an election year, and Pat was making big waves.
But we still don't know all the facts behind Tillman's death because the Army has never come forward with them, and no one from the Bush administration or the senior military has ever been held responsible for the coverup.
But there have been nine hearings on Benghazi.
The Adidas/ASU apparel reeks of more of the same propaganda we saw in 2004. I wonder how many of the ASU players who wore Tillman's name on their backs tonight know the circumstances of his death, or how the military went to such great lengths to cover up the truth, because it would have embarrassed the Bush administration?
I wonder what would have happened if just one player wore a shirt that read: "This war is so fucking illegal." That would have been a proper tribute.
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