'Life Needs Trust'

Ted Westhusing's last note to his superior officers

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 [to] 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.

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