Thursday, July 26, 2007

Was Pat Tillman fragged?

Maybe the apparently obvious conclusion is wrong, but at the moment this looks about as bad as possible:

Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player's death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
The doctors--whose names were blacked out--said that the bullet holes were so close together that it appeared the Army Ranger was cut down by an M-16 fired from a mere 10 yards or so away.
No evidence at all of enemy fire was found at the scene--no one was hit by enemy fire, nor was any government equipment struck.
This is horrible for Tillman's family, but it's worse for our country.

Update at 22:27 PST, based on my ObWi comment in the linked thread:

I read the part about three closely-spaced bullet holes in the forehead and 10 yards and was filled with horror.

On reflection, and having read this article describing the incident, I'm inclined to be skeptical that Tillman was fragged in his first exposure to live fire in an apparently close-knit unit. And I'm certainly not going to draw any conclusions until I hear from people with combat experience.

The cover-up looks even more culpable regardless.



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