Here is just a portion; I strongly encourage you to go read the rest.

Somehow American leadership, whose only credit is lying to its people and illegally invading a nation, has been allowed to steal the courage, virtue and honor of its soldiers on the ground.

Somehow those afraid to fight an illegal invasion decades ago are allowed to send soldiers to die for an illegal invasion they started.

Somehow faking character, virtue and strength is tolerated.

Somehow profiting from tragedy and horror is tolerated.

Somehow the death of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people is tolerated.

Somehow subversion of the Bill of Rights and The Constitution is tolerated.

Somehow suspension of Habeas Corpus is supposed to keep this country safe.

Somehow torture is tolerated.

Somehow lying is tolerated.

Somehow reason is being discarded for faith, dogma, and nonsense.

Somehow American leadership managed to create a more dangerous world.

Somehow a narrative is more important than reality.

Somehow America has become a country that projects everything that it is not and condemns everything that it is.

Somehow the most reasonable, trusted and respected country in the world has become one of the most irrational, belligerent, feared, and distrusted countries in the world.

Somehow being politically informed, diligent, and skeptical has been replaced by apathy through active ignorance.

Somehow the same incompetent, narcissistic, virtueless, vacuous, malicious criminals are still in charge of this country.

Somehow this is tolerated.

Somehow nobody is accountable for this.

We, the American people, are ultimately accountable. We can start to make amends in just 18 days.

  • Damn son!

  • Brian

    I am so scared that so many people think our government is wrong. If algore was elected we would be dead. maybe thats what it will take to wake up these people. This country is too spoiled ;and I ask why? well because of war dumb assess!!!!!!!! we need to fight and we have lost nothing compared to other wars and my best friend died over there bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kevin has lost my respect for Pat!!

  • Interesting comment. Let me see if I understand you correctly. If Al Gore was President, 300 million Americans would be dead. A war that has lasted longer than our involvement in WWII and killed more American soldiers than citizens that died in 9/11 – including your best friend – is “losing nothing”. Finally, you no longer respect the man that left behind the easy riches of the NFL to enlist and join his own Band of Brothers – and lost his life doing so – simply because he and his brother felt that our country has been moved on to the wrong path, by partaking in torture, lying, and suspending habeas corpus.

    I’m sorry I have to inform you of this, but Kevin (and Pat) are criticizing you. You more than tolerate these offenses, you cheer them on.

    Quit being part of the problem, and start being part of the solution, by demanding accountability, transparency, and honesty in government.

  • Jim

    Thank you, Kevin Tillman, for having the courage to speak out, and leave yourself open to the petty charcater attacks that are bound to be hurled at you from the weak and frightened.

    You had the courage to leave comfort behind so you could serve others for a cause you believe in.

    And now you have the courage to speak out when the so-called leaders you chose to follow betrayed you, and exploited your courage.

    Thank you.

  • Rodney

    Why did you join the Army Kevin? Why did you try, and become a Ranger? You must have ignored the Ranger creed. I admire the fact that you believe our leaders have the ability to know everything before we can act, but nobody has that kind of knowledge. When would be an appropriate time to act on violence? And in what manner? Now that you have been there, what do you think the appropriate measures would have been? Did you know that before you volunteered?

  • Brian

    I can’t speak for Kevin – nor shall I try – but we do have Pat’s words on that issue recorded:

    “At times like this, you stop and think about not only how good we have it but what kind of system we live under,” he said. “My great-grandfather was at Pearl Harbor. And a lot of my family has gone and fought in wars. And I really haven’t done a … thing as far as laying myself on the line like that.”

    I don’t see anything in Kevin’s essay that violates the Ranger creed. And, in case you missed it, the criticism wasn’t because leadership made a mistake; it was because the leadership lied, and are desecrating the very things that make this country great. The very things that inspired the Tillmans to enlist.

  • Rodney

    Brian,First I mean no disrespect for Kevin, But What was the lie? We went to Afghanistan to hunt for Bin Laden and to disband the taliban didn’t we? We went to Iraq because we believed that Saddam was harboring terrorist groups and thought Saddam had WMD’s, no WMD’s have been found but the facilities where chemical weapons were produced have been located, and all we are fighting are terrorists. If Saddam could so easily do what he had done to the Kurds what would stop him from supplying these weapons to terrorist groups to see there actions fullfilled?

  • Brian

    Rodney –

    My understanding is that the Tillmans had no problems with the fight in Afghanistan. Nor do I. I think we should have finished the job, but I think we had just cause to go in there can crack some heads.

    As for Iraq, there is significant disagreement on the statement “we believed that Saddam was harboring terrorist groups and thought Saddam had WMD’s”. We now know that neither is true, and there is substantial evidence that we knew neither was true back in 2002. That would imply that the public and a large number of public officials were lied to.

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