I submit that the story of Pat Tillman's death, used to fan the flames of uber nationalism during the first real difficulty in Iraq* using the story of the noble sacrifice of the military's most famous recruit killed by the terrorists.
Even though they knew it was bullshit at the time...they needed to use Pat Tillman as a prop for their Iraq War and beat the drum.
And then we found out the truth.
Golly, what does that seem like a story that pretty much sums up every major policy decision in the Bush Administration?
*Tillman, of course was actually killed in Afghanistan, but his death was used as a prop during a period when how fucked up Iraq really was became evident (on the heels of Fallujah)