Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

A note to his commanders.

Here is a letter from Col. Ted Westhusing addressed to his commanders, General David Petraeus and Major General Joseph Fil:


Thanks for telling me it was a good day until I briefed you. [Redacted name] -- You are only interested in your career and provide no support to your staff -- no msn [mission] support and you don't care. I cannot support a msn that leads to corruption, human right abuses and liars. I am sullied -- no more. I didn't volunteer to support corrupt, money grubbing contractors, nor work for commanders only interested in themselves. I came to serve honorably and feel dishonored. I trust no Iraqi. I cannot live this way. All my love to my family, my wife and my precious children. I love you and trust you only. Death before being dishonored any more. Trust is essential -- I don't know who trust anymore. Why serve when you cannot accomplish the mission, when you no longer believe in the cause, when your every effort and breath to succeed meets with lies, lack of support, and selfishness? No more. Reevaluate yourselves, cdrs [commanders]. You are not what you think you are and I know it. 
COL Ted Westhusing 
Life needs trust. Trust is no more for me here in Iraq.


The Colonel wrote this letter, and then he blew his brains out

In September 2005, the Army’s inspector general concluded an investigation into allegations raised. The investigation was unable to prove the claims of corruption and contractor abuses raised, and concluded that 'commands and commanders operated in an Iraqi cultural and ethical environment often at odds with Western practices."

Last November, Maj. Gen. Fil returned to Iraq. He is now the commanding general of the Multinational Division in Baghdad. On February 12, Gen. Petraeus took command of all U.S. forces in Iraq. He now wears four stars.


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