Cannoneer: I saw that piece, but I’m not going to be the one to address it. It’s not for me to get in between a man and his brother. Birthdays are a hard time for family after a death. No wonder he felt like lashing out.
If you want to talk about the issues he raises, well, they’re all separate issues. I won’t condemn the man for what he said, though. It was said in honest grief for a brother he ought to miss. A good man, seeing such a scene, looks away.
Well, Grim, I can’t look away.
Kevin Tillman, Airborne Ranger, veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, baseball player, brother of Pat Tillman, is a better man than I am. He has been there, done that, walked the walk and earned the right to express his bitterness. Compared to Kevin, I am just an old, dirty leg f’ng civilian.
But he hasn’t earned the right to promulgate his views unchallenged.
He has every right to be bitter, if he wants to be. He has every right to attempt to cause others to be bitter, and to try to use that bitterness to drum up votes for Democrats in mid-term Congressional elections.
But he hasn’t earned the right to my acquiescence.
The Cindy Sheehan wing of the Democratic Party has found in Kevin a wounded warrior who cannot be easily dismissed as a moonbat. Somebody is going to have to have to engage him, or his view will prevail among the ill-informed who will take his words as gospel, and the support of the American people for the Counter-Jihad will continue to erode and we will end up defeated.
Within the ranks of the military arc of the blogosphere are talented writers every bit as distinguished as Kevin Tillman, who are not nearly as bitter as he is, and who probably would not like to see his bitterness spread like a contagion throughout the civilian population. Countering Kevin would seem to me to be a task well suited to milbloggers. –Cannoneer No. 4
I feel so sorry for him! He feels so guilty to still be alive, when his brother is dead in an awful war. But at the beginning of the story he said they willingly signed up. He and his brother volunteered for service. When they did, they most have felt they were doing what was right at the time.
It now sounds like he is very depressed, and missing his brother.
It now sounds as though he wants to blame President Bush for what happened to his brother.
Just like Cindy Sheehan.
The killers of our brothers, sons, daughters, husbands,wives, sisters, are the same murderers who killed all those people in New York, Washington DC, London, Madrid, Aden, Khobar Towers, Somalia, Beirut and all the other attacks that have been going on for decades.
Pat Tillman’s death was a tragedy. Pat’s brother and parents deserve our sympathy. But voting Democrat to express sympathy for the Tillman family won’t accomplish the mission. — Cannonette