There’s a letter on CounterPunch attributed to Kevin Tillman, Pat Tillman’s brother. Pat was the former NFL player who was killed in Iraq by friendly fire. When he died, the military told everyone, including his parents, that he died in combat. Kevin’s letter shows that even the folks who are on the front lines don’t buy all the bullshit of the Bush administration. Their position as soldiers means they can’t always express their true feelings, in the same way that an HR rep can’t tell an employee when she’s getting screwed – only the stakes are much higher in the case of a soldier.
I think it’s easy to get worked up when we see military-types being uber-patriotic and assume that everyone in the military believes the administration’s rhetoric. I can’t imagine the unspeakable horrors that our soldiers and the citizens of Iraq are enduring because of our leadership in Washington. It disgusts me.