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  • There was a period of 37 days between the death of a high-profile Army Ranger in Afghanistan and the final disclosure of the facts surrounding his death to his family.

    If the Pentagon had reason to believe that the death of Pat Tillman was due to friendly fire, then it makes perfect sense that they would warn those in the government who would likely be making statements regarding his highly publicized death to take care in statements that they made regarding the circumstances surrounding the incident. At the same time, the Pentagon would not want to state to the family that he was or was not the victim of friendly fire until after all the facts were in.

    The article states that, “Some of the officers involved said they wanted to wait until the investigations were complete before informing the Tillman family,” and that, “The White House has been careful not to wade into the circumstances of Tillman’s death. The day after Tillman died, a spokesman said Tillman ‘was an inspiration on and off the football field,’ but made no reference to the specifics of the episode.

    “In a speech given two days after McChrystal’s memo, Bush made no mention of how Tillman died.”

    So, some of the officers involved wanted to wait until all of the facts were in before trying to explain to Tillman’s family what had happened; and before and after McChrystal’s memo, the administration made no reference to the specifics of how Corporal Tillman died.

    I’m not sure how making no mention of how Tillman died is a lie by President Bush, or how a 37 day investigation into the death of an Army Ranger half-way around the world (an extremely expedient investigation by most bureaucratic standards) would intimate a delay in getting the facts out by the military. This is a non-issue.

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