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Maybe now there will be a serious investigation into the so-called "suicide" of Ted Westhusing, an Army lieutenant colonel who taught philosophy at West Point, and who was reportedly disgusted with what he saw occurring in Iraq.

As reported, he went to the compound of a contractor in Iraq (Blackwater?) and remained too long, making it necessary that he spend the night. He intended to report abuses being committed by contractors in Iraq and, miraculously, he allegedly committed suicide that night.

I have heard nothing about any investigations into his death or the circumstances that were just so convenient for the out-of-control contractors.

Matthew Carmody

Cornwall, NY

Aug 31 2009 - 10:34pm

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Jeremy Scahill's valiant work on Blackwater raises a point that needs articulation and seems generally and conveniently overlooked. If America wishes to carry out its various sundry military adventures it requires a full, real army sufficient to do so. Such a force could only be acquired through a permanent regular draft, i.e., conscription of all young men and women of military age without exemptions as exists in some other countries, e.g., Turkey, Israel. Even then the numbers may not be sufficient for such a force to be established

The politics of this need no enumeration.

Till somehow this stark fact enters the public discourse and the realization of the sort of society it will requires permanently, why should anyone care a fig about all the "contractors," Blackwater, etc.?

Sad, but true.

Nogel Coxe

Amherst, MA

Aug 27 2009 - 8:23pm