TILLMAN FILM WON'T BE SHOWN AT BASE
THEATERS - MOTION PICTURE CRITICAL OF
PENTAGON GETS THUMBS DOWN FROM
"POWERS-THAT-BE" - AS COL JESSUP ONCE
SAID: "(THEY) CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!"
ARMY AND AIR FORCE EXCHANGE SERVICE
USE "EXCUSE" MOVIE ON PRO FOOTBALL
PLAYER TURNED SOLDIER PAT TILLMAN NOT
"COMMENSURATE" WITH "AUDIENCE
ACCEPTENCE" - THE TILLMAN STORY ON FEW
SCREENS, SO FAR, BACK IN THE STATES
© 2010 MilitaryCorruption.com
What is the Pentagon afraid of? That members of the U.S. military will go see THE TILLMAN STORY - a harsh, hard-hitting account of former football player Pat Tillman, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 while serving with the Army Rangers - and discover, (gasp!) that public affairs officers lie and top generals fabricate "heroism" in order to help "sell" a war? Why, we're sure our men and women in uniform didn't have the slightest clue as to that already.
This is one movie that will get the "go ahead" from the "powers-that-be" about as soon as the "suck-up-to-the-brass" Air Force TIMES finally prints the real story about Maj. Jill Metzger. In other words, icicles will hang from furnace doors in Hell first.
It was quite a lie they got caught with. The Pentagon. Disgraced and justifiably fired, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, was one of the key players in the Pat Tillman cover-up. He knew that the former Arizona Cardinals gridiron great had been slain in a "friendly-fire" incident. But THAT, if it were known to the public, wouldn't look too good for the boys back at The Puzzle Palace, so an elaborate "war hero" story had to be created and was.
THE PENTAGON CREATES "THE BIG LIE"
The Silver Star was awarded the dead GI, and a tall tale - totally fabricated - of him "shooting it out" with the enemy, yelling encouragement to his comrades as he finally fell under a hail of bullets, was released to hide the embarrassment of what really happened, and hopefully get some much-needed "PR" for the war in the bargain.
Then the whole thing just blew up.
Mary Tillman, Pat's mom, is no one to mess with. We've talked to her on the phone (she lives in the next town), and this gal comes on strong. At full throttle, she could peel the bark off a tree quicker than a Marine drill instructor at San Diego. In other words, this is one person you do not want to lie to or fool with, and she was furious the Pentagon had tried to use her son's death for political reasons.
It didn't take long for leaks about how Tillman really died - the current "official" version is, he was mistakenly slain by fellow Rangers in a "friendly-fire" incident - to get back to Arizona. Because of her son's celebrity, mother Mary's help from the media, and her own anger and frustration at being deceived by the Army, the usual drill of "plausible denial" or just plain stone-walling, didn't work.
It is precisely this attempt at lying on a large scale that resulted in the making of a film like THE TILLMAN STORY.
PHONY EXCUSE FOR NOT SHOWING THE FILM ON BASE
A flack for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service was quoted as saying the motion picture won't be shown on base because, get this, patronage at the box office might not be "commensurate" with "audience acceptance." That's like telling Gen. Noriega's neighbors in Panama City, "Sorry about all that collateral damage and those bulldozed bodies." Wasn't it Ho Chi Minh (no friend of ours) who said you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs?
Obviously, the excuse given by AAFES brass is just so much BS. The spokesperson emphasized the Tillman tale is only being shown on a few theater screens back in the States. That's correct. But what does that fact have to do with the price of beans? The market-place will determine if the movie is successful or not. Many a hit began in a handful of theaters until word-of-mouth and media comment, (sure to follow this flick). propelled it into to a box office hit.
We think our members of the military are sophisticated and mature enough to make their own decisions about seeing this film. "JFK," by controversial director Oliver Stone, was shown on military bases, and our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines didn't rise up and march on Washington. Trying to censor what today's troops know about already is an exercise in futility. And that, perhaps, is the worst embarrassment of all.