John, for the time being I will defer comment on your psychological interpretation of Walker, and propose my own developing psychological profile of Walker.
Walker was never '' blindly obedient '' . He he denied his sexual orientation, it remained as an influence in how it expressed itself. He regretted his Little Rock role. He disobeyed the Commander in Chief. He was an insurrectionist.
He wasn't even obedient to himself. He was an egomaniac who through his complex personality was a perfect candidate for a controlled middleman who organised the assassination for his masters and therein his conflicted self found some role that assuaged whatever awareness of his conscience he had and ensured his perpetual cooperation in the coverup.
Any statement that the enemy is without, not within, is flawed in the sense that people like Walker will always blame the without in order to avoid the inner self.
If (and only if) Walker was gay, we know sociologically that in the USA in 1962 Walker lived 'in the closet' so to speak. He had to keep his gender preference a precious secret.
As Jim Root suggested, anybody who discovered Walker's secret could easily blackmail him, simply because of American 1960's culture, especially in the Army. So, he lived a secret life.
One must also wonder about Walker's emotional health (if he was gay) from a more vital perspective; because he also, at the same time, wanted to run for public office! He actually ran for Governor of Texas, for example (although he finished last in a field of six Democratic candidates). After all, if Eisenhower could be President, whom the great Douglas MacArthur had called a mere 'desk jockey', then surely a war hero like Edwin Walker could be Governor.
I think Walker was continually running away from himself (which is close to what you're saying, John) and that is why he lived in a dream-world in which he could be Governor of Texas, and imagine that nobody would ask him why he never had a girl-friend.
Furthermore, if Walker had actually won his bid to be Texas Governor, I have little doubt he would have run for President of the United States soon afterwards -- after all, he was much more heroic than that rich Irish kid in the White House, whose fibs about his U-boat adventures seemed to inspire a generation. Besides, that Irish kid was a Communist, and Walker was a Pro-Blue as they come.
So, if (and only if) General Edwin Walker was gay, then he was probably using his Pro-Blue program as a screen to hide behind. And the closer anybody came to his secret, the louder he would promote his Pro-Blue program, and claim that his detractors must therefore be Communists.
If anybody started asking questions or poking around Walker's secrets, Walker's most successful retort would be to investigate their sins, their shortcomings, their secrets, or better, like Joe McCarthy, just accuse them outright of being Communists and watch them run for the door!
Walker's post-military philosophy seems fairly simple: attack others before they attack you.
In the absence of information about Larrie Schmidt -- which is very, very difficult to obtain -- I will hazard another speculation, here: Larrie Schmidt was on the staff of the Overseas Weekly newspaper. Walker hated the Overseas Weekly for some reason. So, perhaps the reason that Walker and Schmidt (that is, the Taro Leaf and the Overseas Weekly) came to such a clash with each other was that Schmidt almost found out that Walker was homosexual.
Walker changed the subject to a violent competition with Larrie Schmidt and his Overseas Weekly connection. Walker complained to as many superior officers as would listen, that the Overseas Weekly was a "subversive" newspaper, intent on making good Americans look bad to their German hosts. But nobody paid much attention to Walker's complaints.
Walker objected to the bikini models that graced every fouth page of the Overseas Weekly, and he thought that people would listen when he said that was "immoral". Almost nobody would listen -- evidently very few misogynists served in the Army. Walker called the Overseas Weekly the Oversexed Weekly, and when a few of his sychophants repeated this, Walker spread the rumor that "many soldiers" are objecting to the "immorality" of the Overseas Weekly.
But the Overseas Weekly staff stunned General Edwin Walker on April 16, 1961, when they accused General Walker of enforcing the indoctrination of the 24th Infantry Division with right-wing nut-country propaganda. This got the attention of the Pentagon, and the White House, and Walker was immediately instructed to step down and let somebody else Command the 24th until a proper investigation could be made.
So, Larrie Schmidt won the first round. General Walker's career was over. If this was what the over-ground newspapers said openly about General Edwin Walker -- we can only imagine what the underground rumor mill said about General Walker.
This scenario best explains -- in my humble opinion -- why General Walker would over-react to the slap on the hand that he received before his next big promotion. Walker, despite 30 years of brilliant service in two wars as a highly decorated Two-star General, decided to quit - to resign - and forfeit his retirement pension!
It just makes no sense why anybody would do that -- it smacks of emotional instability.
But those who encouraged him to do this -- i.e. H.L. Hunt and Billy James Hargis -- were famous people in Texas, and Walker was able once again to lose himself in their wild rodeo of ideas and intrigue.
Edited by Paul Trejo, 11 March 2012 - 02:39 AM.