We can handle the truth

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Some members of Congress desperately want to discredit the U.S. war effort.

And sometimes, the Pentagon helps them along.

This may be one of those times.

We don't know if Pat Tillman's brother Kevin and former Pfc. Jessica Lynch are being exploited by congressional Democrats in an attempt to embarrass the Pentagon. But we do know that if it's true that the Pentagon invented stories about Lynch's capture and eventual rescue in Iraq, and Pat Tillman's death by friendly fire in Afghanistan, then there should be serious repercussions for those who perpetrated the hoaxes.

If the cause is just and the soldiers are true - and we believe our soldiers almost always are - then why lie?

"The truth is always more heroic than the hype," Lynch told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform this week.

Lynch said she couldn't have put up the fierce fight the Army boasted she did, because the attack on her convoy twisted her spine and left her immobile with various fractures. She said she woke up in an Iraqi hospital.

One of Pat Tillman's fellow soldiers testified he was ordered, even threatened, not to reveal the nature of Tillman's death to his brother, who was also deployed in the area - ostensibly to save Kevin Tillman the added pain. But if it was to merely clear the way for a fictitious story of Pat Tillman's heroism amid enemy fire, then that's beyond wrong.

We all wanted to believe it - that Pat Tillman, a formerly well-paid pro football player with the Arizona Cardinals who volunteered to go into the teeth of battle for his country after 9-11, would have taken a bullet while charging the enemy like some real-life Sgt. Commando. But that false story was apparently put forth knowingly by the Pentagon. Again, that's just wrong.

Jessica Lynch is right: We like the real hero stories a lot better. And there are plenty to be had.

Jack Nicholson's Marine colonel in A Few Good Men famously growled at his courtroom inquisitor, "You can't handle the truth!"

That was always wrong.

Please, just tell us the truth. We can handle it.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/27/07 - 06:05 am
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These stories are truly

These stories are truly bizzare. What could have been the reasoning behind them?

grouse
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grouse 04/27/07 - 06:52 am
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How about serious
Unpublished

How about serious repercussions for those who perpetuated the hoax about the connection between Iraq and al Qaeda? Or WMVs?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/27/07 - 07:33 am
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Yeah grouse, and how about

Yeah grouse, and how about Bush sending that hurricane to New Orleans. There are some serious questions that need answering.

SES_1
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SES_1 04/27/07 - 07:40 am
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grouse Are you sure you are

grouse Are you sure you are not cain if not it is sad to think
there is two people that think like you two

3M3T1B
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3M3T1B 04/27/07 - 08:52 am
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It's incredible how some just

It's incredible how some just can't wrap their little heads around the truth. They don't want to think for themselves, so instead of responding with facts, they make silly, over-used comments like the ones from patriciathomas and LOST. Don't bother using your own minds to refute a comment and respond with facts, just type some meaningless blah blah blah and go with that.

Ken
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Ken 04/27/07 - 08:57 am
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She is in way over her head,

She is in way over her head, and proves it every time she tries to upstage the Bush people. Pelosi got off on the wrong foot by stating beforehand her belief that "the road to Damascus is a road to peace." Not true. Pelosi seemed to think it would be easy to get the Israelis and Syrians together at the bargaining table. How naive and obtuse. Her parochial views are evident she is clueless. The complicated nature of diplomacy in the Middle East eluded her. She didn't understand what she was dealing with. These people want us dead or doesn’t she watch the same news? This was one of many mistakes so far. Between her and Harry Reid we’ll be welcoming the terrorists home for dinner. I hope the American people were really watching last night because if we elect this bunch of wimps next year we'll all be speaking Arabic and reading the Koran.

ForHim
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ForHim 04/27/07 - 10:33 am
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Don't forget the media! I

Don't forget the media! I have first hand experience with the media getting things wrong. Not only did they have incorrect information on the facts, they actually had made up information. I don't know where they got it from, but it seems nobody checks behind themselves these days. It's like starting off with a story of someone lighting a firecracker and by the time it goes around a time or two the story is someone has killed all their family members. Careful what you read.

markwardlaw
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markwardlaw 04/27/07 - 12:28 pm
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Been in Europe for awhile.

Been in Europe for awhile. Missed the good things about America. Didn't miss the brain-dead lockstep rants of the pro-war right wingers who regularly weigh in on this page. Didn't miss the type of disingenuous incredulity that Patricia offers with her "What could have been the reasoning...?" question. Wake up, people. The war is lost. It never had, and never will have, a legitimate basis or mandate. Desperate people, in pathetic attempts to justify the unjustifiable, will trot out all manner of false stories and faux heroes to bolster their support for a tattered enterprise. And, you can't blame the media for these lies. These falsehoods, like the cover-up of the Haditha massacre, came from the military brass.

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sjgraci 04/27/07 - 01:23 pm
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If the Chronicle and others

If the Chronicle and others are interested in the "truth" about scandals like the Tillman and Lynch cases and the media's complicity along with the war in Iraq and how we got there, Bill Moyers' recent and excellent piece of real journalism "Buying The War" should be mandatory viewing:
http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/btw/watch.html

Dan4th
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Dan4th 04/27/07 - 01:25 pm
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you touched the wrong nerve

you touched the wrong nerve today...the war in iraq is not lost and could be over tomorrow if soft headed milk-toast "politicians" would get out of the way and let our military do what they do best.
i am not a brain dead lockstep pro-war r-winger...you be advised i am the father of a son serving in iraq as we speak.he and his fellow troops are doing their duty as mandated by their oath to support our nation and it's people. parents,hollywood know-it-alls,aging hippies,or plain old brain dead(to use your term) ideologists be damned, my son is keenly aware of why we are there and i put more faith in his word than any number of people whose pesonal agenda drives them.
it's adamn shame, but i guess you and those like you would have suggested we stay out of wwii, korea ,etc., right.say the hell with europe,the hell with pearl harbor,we probably deserved it any way right?
listen,when i speak to my son again, i'll thank him for your right to bash our military and our country and it's efforts to rid the world of bastards like sadaam,osama, and others.in the meantime,why don't you and a gang of your contemporaries form
a group and go negotiate with the terrorist leaders?
me thinks not.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 04/27/07 - 01:26 pm
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What are you basing your

What are you basing your theory that the war is lost on? We won the war. We ousted the dictator that we set out to oust. Now we have to rebuild. No legitimate basis? How about the daily firing at our planes that patrolled the no fly zone. In most countries, that is an act of war.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/27/07 - 07:01 pm
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Madison & kpc are living in

Madison & kpc are living in la-la-land. We won the war? Oh yeah,
that was 4 years ago with a "Mission Accomplished" banner juxtaposed
with a formal declaration by President George W. Bush of the "end of
major combat in Iraq". Today an active duty Lt. Col., Paul Yingling,
writing in the Armed Forces Journal says the only objective measure by
which we can guage the success of our counter-insurgency efforts in
Iraq is whether or not civilians in Iraq are protected. If it is still
possible to prevail in Iraq, it will take the committment of "several
hundred thousand U.S. troops in Iraq for at least the next 10 years"
according to Lt. Col. Yingling. Are the American people, indeed are the
U.S. military and stalwart warhawks, willing to make that level of
committment? President Bush is just playing for time and hoping to ride
out the rest of his tenure in office, so he can go back to Crawford
and proclaim "Iraq was not lost on my watch." The State Department's
annual report on terrorim due out next week will show a more than 25
percent increase in terror attacks worldwide in 2006 almost all of it
due to incidents in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Friday.
We are NOT winning in Iraq. The clear and present danger is that
President George W. Bush will order military strikes on Iran under
manufactured pretexts before the end of his term on 20 January 2009.
That will spark a regional war which is an absolute worst case scenario
for the Middle East, the Arab world, the Muslim world, south Asia, and
United States.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 04/27/07 - 07:10 pm
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Cain is not willing to make

Cain is not willing to make ANY effort that leads to victory, because that would mean his arch enemy, the President, may be right. What is la-la land is keeping troops in harms way, but not funding them. If congress really wants them out...pass a bill that says we must leave. Don't play with our soldier's lives by playing political football. I still think it would be interesting to go back in time with Cain and listen to him talk about how Germany never posed us any threat, and how bombings in London are up since we entered the "Illegal" war. Impeach Roosevelt and Truman! They are war criminals!

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