The Tillman-Lynch Hearings

Now that we know the Pentagon lied about the attack on Jessica Lynch and the death of Pat Tillman, who's going to be held accountable?

Now that we know Bush will veto the compromise Iraq funding legislation with a suggested timeline for leaving Iraq, what comes next -- other than a misguided attempt to blame Sen. Harry Reid.

We need to keep the pressure on. It's our only way out of Iraq.

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    to ms. lynch's credit (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by cpinva on Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 12:00:39 AM EST
    she was the first to deny the reports of her extraordinary seeming actions, when she was informed of them. this makes her no less a hero, but puts the truth where it belongs, at the top.

    as far as i'm concerned, she acted with total honor. the same goes for mr. tillman.

    She not only (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by Deconstructionist on Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 07:48:06 AM EST
     refused to take credit,  but she has gone to great lengths to ensure that her deceased friend (Piestawa? sp.) received the credit she deserved. Ms. Lynch may not be a "war hero" but she is a fine young woman who has handled herself very admirably after being thrust into the spotlight to serve the purposes of others.  

    How Many Others Have Been Lied To? (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by john horse on Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 06:12:16 AM EST
    If our military lied to the family of Pat Tillman then I wonder how many other families they have lied to?  If they exagerrated the attack on Jessica Lynch then isn't it possible that they have been exagerrating other incidents as well?  How many other times do they lie, for example when they tell a soldier that his injuries were not combat related or when they tell the public that a particular incident only involved a few bad apples (down the chain of command, of course)?

    Finally, those that support the war often tell us that victory is dependent upon public support.  How can an administration that lacks credibility obtain public support?  

    I know that other than the (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 09:19:44 AM EST
    "poster" children stories we have other questionable deaths that were called suicides but appear more to be from soldiers having a conflict with each other.  Some of those incidents have not even been investigated.

    Funny (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Carolyn in Baltimore on Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 06:34:19 AM EST
    I remember that not only was the attack on Ms. Lynch lied about but the 'rescue' - where she was taken from a hospital where an Iraqi doctor kept trying to return her to the US. She was not kept as a prisoner but they sent in the SWAT team anyway so there'd be a story.

    After the veto - a two month extention (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by ding7777 on Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 06:43:04 AM EST
    A two-month spending bill to cover costs of the Iraq war is "very likely" after President Bush vetoes the current Iraq spending bill, House Defense Appropriations Chairman John Murtha said Friday. House Democrats named their conferees at the beginning of this week and they are to meet Monday, though much of the work on the conference report has been done. The conference report is expected to include an "advisory" date for the withdrawal of troops, rather than the firm September 2008 deadline included in the House version of the bill. -The Hill

    who's going to be held accountable? (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Molly Bloom on Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 07:51:02 AM EST
    A question I ask about this administration every day.

    Bush's Potemkin War (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by lilybart on Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 08:21:12 AM EST
    All show, all lies.  Even the "Flat Daddies" show evidence of this war's facade.

    Thirty (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by jondee on Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 09:16:04 AM EST
    percent of the country has no problem cowering behind lying scum. What a sorry state of affairs.

    Maybe the (none / 0) (#1)
    by Che's Lounge on Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 11:36:12 PM EST
    swiftboaters were right all along! Somebody forged a citation for a Silver Star.

    I am happy today (none / 0) (#11)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 09:31:24 AM EST
    I'm so happy that the Dems are sticking to their guns.  This is a fight that we can win one battle at a time.  The hearings will only help the American people unify more vigorously about ending the Iraq War. A two month funding bill is going to be excruciating too for military bureaucrats running this war at the moment.  They have had such a blank check attitude and have thrown money around and blantantly wasted it but now they have to think, they have to stop for one moment and think and we don't have unlimited war - we have two month war.  It will change the war momentum of the Pentagon hawks and I consider a shift down in that momentum a very very good thing.  Many of us have complained that it seems to be that those conducting this war don't even think, I don't believe the driving forces have thought much because they didn't have to.

    Did anyone else notice this? (none / 0) (#12)
    by Sailor on Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 10:00:46 PM EST
    The Army recently completed two inquiries into [Tillman's] death.
    The report from the inspector general's office in the Defense Department singled out four generals and five other officers for potential discipline but said that they had done nothing criminal and that there was no broader cover-up.

    The report was especially critical, however, of Lt. Gen. Philip R. Kensinger Jr., head of the Army Special Operations Command at the time of Corporal Tillman's death.
    The oversight committee requested that General Kensinger testify today, but he declined through a lawyer, citing his constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination.