Saturday, July 28, 2007

Administration Needs to Tell Truth About Tillman

UPDATE: Keith Olbermann talks to Soltz about Tillman including an account of Tillman's chilling last words (Crooks and Liars).

Jon Soltz, Chair of Vote Vets.Org, caught my attention last week when he debated a pro-war vet on Hardball. Soltz performed extremely well in that debate.

Yesterday, Soltz wrote on Think Progress about the new evidence (three shots to Tillman's head from ten yards away) in the Pat Tillman case. Soltz urges the President to stop stonewalling:
It is inevitable, then, that unless the President comes clean, rumors about Tillman’s death will take hold. By stonewalling, there is no way to stop people from wondering, “Was the man the White House used to promote the war ordered to be killed because he was becoming increasingly critical of the war in Iraq?” It was well known that Tillman was critical of the decision to go to war, and had often read and quoted Noam Chomsky. I don’t personally believe such a conspiracy to be the case, but until the President comes clean, rumors like that will continue to grow. Every officer knows that if a soldier in their command is killed they must write the family and tell them the truth, for exactly that reason. Why can’t the man who sent Pat Tillman to war, and used his death for political gain, have the courage to tell a family what happened to their son?

Soltz's point about conspiracies permeates everything this administration does. If they're not conspiring, one is tempted to believe they must be conspiring to look like conspirators. It's a frustrating reality to live in for your average citizen, can you imagine how it is for the Tillmans?

VIDEO: Soltz on Hardball last week.

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