He wants me to tell him something pretty. This is the closing line of HBO's Deadwood and it is one of my all-time favorite pieces of dialogue. It perfectly sums up how we, both as individuals and as a people, want to live in a simple world where where good guys win and the bad guys lose and our cause is always just. The death of U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman, the football star who gave up a multi-million dollar contract to join the army, was used by the military and the Bush Administration to tell the American people something pretty. The Tillman Story is both a tragedy and a triumph. It's tragic that a man was betrayed by the country he gave his life to protect and it's triumphant that his family, the people who it would seem would most want to hear a happy ending to Tillman's life, refused to settle for something pretty.

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