Here is what the editorial board of my
newspaper, the Dallas Morning News, has to say in praise of Pat Tillman, a
great man and a great American
patriot. Here’s an excerpt:
Pat Tillman’s laid up his treasure in loyalty and selfless service to his
nation, for which he gave, in Lincoln’s immortal phrase, “the last full
measure of … devotion.” Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a war hero of
Vietnam, said yesterday that the young man’s death will “seem a heavy blow
to the nation’s morale.” To the contrary, we believe that Pat Tillman’s
sacrifice will inspire his fellow Americans. His life and his death bear
witness to the truth that there are some ideals worth dying for, and
therefore some ideals worth living for.
Pat Tillman, who walked off the football field and died on the field of
honor, was a great American and a great man. We are, every one of us,
forever in his debt.