US hero Pat Tillman thought Iraq war was ‘imperial folly’
The soldier and former American football player Pat Tillman who was killed in Afghanistan thought George W. Bush was a ‘cowboy’ and the Iraq an ‘imperial folly’.
(TELEGRAPH) According to a new book, Tillman, who was killed by friendly fire in 2004 and hailed as an all-American hero by the former president, was disillusioned by Mr Bush and his administration’s “illegal and unjust” drive to war.
In Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, by Jon Krakauer, the author relates the strong views of Tillman – who gave up his NFL football career to serve his country – and his brother Kevin, who joined the same Rangers unit.
The war “struck them as an imperial folly that was doing long-term damage to US interests”, Krakauer claims.
“The brothers lamented how easy it had been for Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld to bully secretary of state Colin Powell, both the houses of Congress, and the majority of the American people into endorsing the invasion of Iraq.”
Tillman was held up by the administration as a hero. But it later emerged that the Pentagon had withheld the truth about the circumstances of his death. He was shot by fellow Rangers in an act described as “gross negligence”.