Major Andrew Olmsted has been killed in Iraq.

DENVER (AP) An Army major from Colorado who wrote a blog from Iraq for the Rocky Mountain News was killed during an attack by insurgents.

The News reported the death of Maj. Andrew Olmsted Friday. A Defense Department release confirmed the death, saying Olmsted died Thursday with another soldier, Capt. Thomas J. Casey, 32, of Albuquerque when rebels attacked with small arms near Sadiyah.

Olmsted, who began writing for the News on May 21, asked a friend to post a final posting on his Web site if he died in Iraq. In it, Olmsted, who described himself as a libertarian, warns against making his death an argument for or against the war.

“My life isn’t a chit to be used to bludgeon people to silence on either side…I have my own opinions about what we should do about Iraq, but since I’m not around to expound on them I’d prefer others not try and use me as some kind of moral capital to support a position I probably didn’t support,'’ read the final post on

He also quoted Plato as saying “only the dead have seen the end of war.'’

Olmsted leaves behind his wife of 10 years, Amanda Wilson, of Colorado Springs.

“The news is devastating,'’ News editor John Temple said. “The major was a brave man who obviously thrived on sharing his experiences and thoughts on his blog. He provided a perspective on Iraq that would have been impossible for a journalist. Our thoughts are with his wife, family and unit.'’

May God comfort Major Olmsted’s family and friends. It’s very hard to read news like this.

“Oh and I don’t want to die for you, but if dying’s asked of me;
I’ll bear that cross with honor, ’cause freedom don’t come free.”
American Soldier, Toby Keith

Andrew’s last post is a must read. Tissues are recommended.

Blackfive has more. Of all the bloggers in the blogosphere, milbloggers are the finest and they provide the most intense reads. As I read the blogs of the soldiers in harms’ way, I always say a prayer for their safety. Even though the surge is working, our troops are still out there holding the line against terrorists.

It’s not over.