Friday, August 19


I'm linking to a June post about Col. Ted Westhusing because of the comments that have been entered recently. I can't verify the accuracy of the information they contain, but because I've received such a tremendous amount of traffic (for me) on this issue I feel that more readers should have access to the post.

It certainly seems to me that by now the military investigation should have shed some light on the circumstances of this American hero's death. I'm not a conspiratist by nature, but recent years have made skeptics out of many of us when it comes to believing the "official" version of anything. Isn't there a veterans organization or former military officers association or something that should be demanding some answers? Printed accounts seem to indicate his death was the result of suicide or murder. Even if the investigation hasn't resulted in pinpointing a perpetrator, shouldn't the medical examiner have determined the cause of death to be one or the other? And why has the media totally ignored this story? It may be insensitive to say so, but it clearly has all the elements of an arresting drama: war hero, highest-ranking officer to die in Iraq, dies in mysterious circumstances, killed by a single gunshot to the head.

Silly me. Who's got time to investigate, when Greta and the rest are too busy looking for Tracey Holloway in vacation paradise Aruba?

My other posts on Col. Westhusing and comments are here and here. The passion and devotion this man elicited makes it all the more urgent that the military come clean. This was a man who made a difference. And people care. They care very, very much.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree that by now there should have been a completion of the investigation. One only can hope that the family is the one that will have all the information and judge on their own what is presented them. It is hard for me to believe that such a man would take his own life especially when he was so close to coming home and returning to his family. It seems possible that one of the Iraqi's he was training could have even staged the incident to make it look like a suicide. Either way I feel it was a slam to the family to call his death non combat related. He died in a combat zone. Also for the army to report and give examples of what is non combat related and also note the method of how he died leaves outsiders to speculate and also hurts the family. Can't the army just report killed in action and leave out the other details of non combat or non hostile.. if it is truly under investigation by the army reporting those details they are also prejudging the situation. This is most upsetting to families and a slap in the face for them. The army shouldn't be able to have it both ways. The dignity of the soldier and his place within in his family and community should be recognized utmost.

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I served under Westhusing when he was the company comander for D Co. 1/325th ABN INF REG. At Ft. Bragg N.C. He was an american all the way and a leader that you could look up to. I want to know what happened. Jonathan Peacock Azle, TX.

12:43 PM  

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