On a day that must include what seems to be the worst and most off-putting Brooks template special of all time, comes this story that reflects the true depths of depravity of this Administration's war. An Army Colonel, an expert on "ethics" commits suicide in Iraq.
Why he did so, is naturally the question.
From the LA Times:
In e-mails to his family, Westhusing seemed especially upset by one conclusion he had reached: that traditional military values such as duty, honor and country had been replaced by profit motives in Iraq, where the U.S. had come to rely heavily on contractors for jobs once done by the military.
His death stunned all who knew him. Colleagues and commanders wondered whether they had missed signs of depression. He had been losing weight and not sleeping well. But only a day before his death, Westhusing won praise from a senior officer for his progress in training Iraqi police.
His friends and family struggle with the idea that Westhusing could have killed himself. He was a loving father and husband and a devout Catholic. He was an extraordinary intellect and had mastered ancient Greek and Italian. He had less than a month before his return home. It seemed impossible that anything could crush the spirit of a man with such a powerful sense of right and wrong.
On the Internet and in conversations with one another, Westhusing's family and friends have questioned the military investigation.
A note found in his trailer seemed to offer clues. Written in what the Army determined was his handwriting, the colonel appeared to be struggling with a final question.
How is honor possible in a war like the one in Iraq?
Another reason to hope the Bush & Cheney had a shitty Thanksgiving.
But we all know they have not lost a wink of sleep over any death, nor over any maiming.
We've been pretty luckin in this country to have leaders that met the challenges we faced; Washington, Lincoln, both Roosevelts, Truman.
So we are now facing a challenge with a complete incompetent and sociopath in charge. Welcome to the world of a Franklin Pierce or James Buchanan.
James Buchanan Bush.