Blogging from Beyond the Pall

Andrew Olmsted, an Army Major, fellow St. John’s High School alum, and blogger reaches back from his untimely death to with reassuring words. My best wishes to all his friends and family…

This is an entry I would have preferred not to have published, but there are limits to what we can control in life, and apparently I have passed one of those limits. And so, like G’Kar, I must say here what I would much prefer to say in person. I want to thank hilzoy for putting it up for me. It’s not easy asking anyone to do something for you in the event of your death, and it is a testament to her quality that she didn’t hesitate to accept the charge. As with many bloggers, I have a disgustingly large ego, and so I just couldn’t bear the thought of not being able to have the last word if the need arose. Perhaps I take that further than most, I don’t know. I hope so. It’s frightening to think there are many people as neurotic as I am in the world. In any case, since I won’t get another chance to say what I think, I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity. Such as it is.

Read his full post here…

A brief bit from the Rocky Mountain News:

Major Andrew Olmsted, who posted a blog since May 2007, was killed in Iraq on Jan. 3, 2008. Olmsted, who had been based at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, began blogging after his unit was sent to Iraq with the mission of helping train the Iraqi Army. A sniper killed Olmsted as he was trying to talk three suspected insurgents into surrendering. A sniper’s bullet also cut down Capt. Thomas J. Casey. They were in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad.

Olmsted was determined to make a difference in Iraq. “The sooner the Iraqi government doesn’t need U.S. support to provide security for its people, the sooner we will probably be asked to leave.”

I have no words for this…

3 Replies to “Blogging from Beyond the Pall”

  1. Sorry for the loss of this blogger. his posts were extremely well reasoned and showed a side ofour professional military that many people are unwilling or unable to see.
    My sympathy to his friends and family. From his posts it’s easy to imangine that they will remember him in his prime, doing what he believed in and making a difference in the world with his thoughts and deeds.
    And now he’s off to retreat, good friends and a soft bed on Fiddler’s Green with others who were his friends and fellow soldiers.
    Mark, thanks for posting this.

    best
    Jim Forbes

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