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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Comparable outrage?

Is this worth comparable outrage (hat tip Daily Kos) ?
My thoughts are that it isn't exactly comparable but definitely worthy of criticism. But the right won't do that--you know that for sure.
What does trouble me is the lengths the army went to 'create' a story after already knowing the truth:

'He ordered his team to dismount and then maneuvered the Rangers up a
hill near the enemy's location,' the release said. 'As they crested the hill,
Tillman directed his team into firing positions and personally provided
suppressive fire. ... Tillman's voice was heard issuing commands to take the
fight to the enemy forces.'


"The Army's public release made no mention of friendly fire, even
though at
the time it was issued, investigators in Afghanistan had already
taken at least
14 sworn statements from Tillman's platoon members that made
clear the true
causes of his death.

I feel that Tillman's parents are absolutely right...opportunism at its worst:
"Tillman's mother and father said in interviews that they believe the
military and the government created a heroic tale about how their son died to
foster a patriotic response across the country," White reported


Blogger Dave Justus said...

While that viewpoint is possible, it is also likely that the person who issued the press release and the person who was investing friendly fire were not aware of each other's activities.

If 'the army knew' meant that what anyone in the army knows, everyone in the army knows there would never be any friendly fire in the first place.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Katinula said...

I see what you are saying, but if there was an ongoing investigation I think you aren't giving the Army enough credit in it's hierarchy. An ongoing investigation where say the 'truth' wasn't yet proven--and the Army PR people still release a story? I don't think the story would have been released unless it was released for a 'reason'. It wasn't just idle talk--this was an official Army release. The Army's PR people are just as professional as private sector people and to claim they didn't know--whether there was an investigation or the patently false nature of their release--I think might be reaching a bit.

9:31 AM  

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