The only way to win is cheat*There is an interesting comment in an LA Times piece by T. Christian Miller last Sunday (November 27, 2005.)
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especially upset by one conclusion he had reached: that traditional military values such as duty, honor and country had been replaced by profit motives in Iraq, where the U.S. had come to rely heavily on contractors for jobs once done by the military.The death of Col. Ted Westhusing raises some troubling questions. Whether it was suicide, as the government has concluded, or murder by the contractors he was investigating, as his family believes, one subject remains constant: corruption. Profiteers have been around as long as military contractors, and merchants of death as long as the nexus between the marketplace and the battlefield. But, like it or not, the U.S. military has long relied upon an ethos that stands apart from self-interest and market conditions.
Iraq does not reveal that there is a conspiracy on the part of corporations to profit from the war. There doesn’t need to be a conspiracy. Corporate interests are now indistinguishable from executive policy. Suicide or murder, the reality of this situation killed Col. Westhusing.