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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

William Westmoreland is dead

Just coming off the wires that retired U.S. Army General William Westmoreland has died at the age of 91.

Westmoreland was the commander of the American forces during the Vietnam conflict. I've never thought that was a war worth our fighting in, but Westmoreland did the duties given him to the best of his ability, as honorably as anyone could hope for in that kind of situation. I think his was the classic example of a general whose hands were tied by the bureacrats back home... the ones that nowadays would never see a real battlefield even once in their lives. It was a mistake made then and it's a mistake being made now and there's a lot of good soldiers that are going to take flak for it for years to come, just as Westmoreland did and wrongfully so.

But, that is an argument for another time. Right now, time to remember a great American, a loyal servant to his countrymen, and for me personally a fellow Eagle Scout.