|03-26-2007, 01:28 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hot Springs, Ouachitah
Pat Tillmans death
First, let me say that this won't be the first, or last time that soldiers or civilians die by friendly fire.
I think I have a pretty good picture of what happened.
First, some idiot 3 star general decided to split the force. This wasn't a large force. It was a convoy. The second contingent was dragging a broken down humvee and was a sitting duck.
The force called in protesting to the General for spliting up the troops, and was overruled.
Here is where the stupidity really begins...they are dragging a stupid disabled Humbee thru a steep canyon. They shoud of just blown it up.
Pat Tillman heard about the ambush and took it apon himself to go back, and take a hill opposite the enemy, bringing another soldier and an Afgan resistance fighter. Here is where Tillman made his fatal mistake:
First, he never carried a radio to tell them his position, and second he brought with him an Afgahn fighter. The second convoy was in the middle of an ambush and didn't even have a clue that Tillman had circled back to try to relieve them.
So the second convoy is trapped dragging this stupid Humvee thru a pure ambush zone and don't know Tillman and another solder, and as more important, an Afgan fighter.
IMO, Pat acted heroically, but recklessly. This is why the General is under inquest, because broke a cardinal rule to split an allready small force. This got even smaller when Tillman went back to give relief, but they didn't know who was on the opposite ridge, especially when they saw the Afgan fighter, and opened fire.
I couldn't sleep untill I expressed my conclusions.
First, the company shouldn't of been split into two squad, then Tillman took a three man team on a ridge the second convoy had no idea that he was even there, apparently. This is the fault of the General who, after objections, still split the Rangers into too much more vulnerable groups. If Tillman told them to radio the second convoy I don't know.
His actions were incredibly heroic and IMO, kinda reckless, following some armchair General's redundant orders.
That's the way I see it at this point.
|03-26-2007, 01:43 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Provo, Utah