I recommend to other interested parties going to:
where articles on Ted by Robert Bryce, and T. Christian Miller's book Blood Money (first and last chapters deal with Ted), can be found. My own take is found there also.
It also has the link for Ted's memorial Website. There you will find message after sincere message about the effects his honorable and decent moral conduct had on human lives, from the time he was young until he went to Iraq.
Psychiatrist Joanthan Shay, whom Ted met in 2004 at a conference on the effects of war in ancient and modern times that we attended together in St. Louis, writes in his Achilles in Vietnam, that 'betrayal of what is right' is the prime factor in causing PTS in soldiers and other human beings.
Jonathan says leave out the D, because it is a normal reaction to such things as Alex Limkin describes, not a disorder.
The Iraq 'congressionally authorized presidential use of force'--it is not a declared war and it certainly has never been run as the kind of declared war for which honorable officers like Ted were trained--as Alex Limkin points out, is betrayal of what is right in the extreme. And it keeps right on betraying.
Also read Cpl. (Ret.) Jesse Odom's forthcoming Through Our Eyes. he is a Marine veteran who was with the first unit that went into Iraq. he tended to the first American citizen combat casualty. I had him in my War and Violence seminar at UT Austin. He speaks the truth, as Alex Limkin does, and is speaking out honestly on issues that affect our troops.
THROUGH OUR EYES
Author: Jesse Odom
The ultimate irony, although it really isn't for those who know how power works and how all wars are fought, is where Petraeus, especially, and Fil are now. Ted is a memory, a good and sad memory.
Thank you, Alex Limkin, for putting Ted into clearer context. A sane and moral and courageous man for whom the gross immorality and the naked greed and abuses of this presidential use of force became intolerable.
Thomas G. Palaima
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