Two Years After Col. Westhusing's Controversial Suicide in Iraq -- Documents Emerge
By E&P Staff
Published: June 05, 2007 11:25 AM ET
NEW YORK Two years ago today, shortly after noon, Iraq time, Col. Ted Westhusing took out a Barretta and put a bullet in his brain in his trailer at an Army camp near Baghdad airport. When he died, he was the highest ranking American officer to lose his life in the Iraq war.
In a suicide note addressed to his commanders, Maj. Gen. Joseph Fil and Lt. Gen. David Petraeus (and also sharply critical of them) Westhusing wrote: “I cannot support a msn [mission] that leads to corruption, human right abuses and liars. I am sullied—no more.”
Now documents from the investigation of Westhusing’s death, and the charges in his suicide note, are available online.
I vaguely remember hearing about this at the time, and it seems there is alot more to this story than was told at first. Hard to imagine, huh?
The suicide note (not at the site) concludes: “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.(snip)
"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."
Robert Bryce is the reporter who covered this story for the Texas Observer, and the new documents are at his site.