Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Newest Debate

So, I was never really done with my post the other night.  However, I was getting way too emotional and I wasn't putting myself through anymore that night.  Not to mention it was another "2" and I wasn't about to throw myself into a whirlwind. 

Anyways, I hear the newest debate in the White House is whether or not to release pictures of Osama after he was shot.  Now.  He is what really pisses me off.  The Associated Press, and the Government, didn't hesitate to post pictures of our dead.  Remember that?  You know the picture and article I saw of my lifeless boyfriend being carried onto a medivac.  Or the pictures of another Marine who was clearly not going to make it. 

You couldn't see your faces.  But I could have told you that was Josh from a mile away and really not seeing their face didn't make it any better.  So whats so special about Osama?  Why the hesitation?  It just angers me that they had to use pictures of our war dead to make a freakin point and then they hesitate to post a picture of that piece of shit.  Really?!

I, personally, would like to see it.  Kind of a confirmation thing that he's really gone and got what he deserved.  You know, it's not even that I'm happy he's dead.  So much revolves around death anymore and what good does it do?  It's the fact that he can't hurt anybody else that is comforting. 

I don't know.  How I feel about all of this is just weird.  I was 11 years old in a sixth grade math class when the twin towers were struck on September 11, 2001.  I had no idea where this war was going to take me and everything that would happen in the past 10 years. 

One thing people need to realize is the war isn't over.  The troops can't just come home because one of them is dead.  I'm sure there are thousands of idiots that are part of the Taliban willing to take his place.  This isn't over.  And minor pet peeve: I like how everyone is suddenly extremely patriotic for the week and by next Sunday they will forget about it again.  Annoying.  But I'll write more about that later..


  1. Chrissy, you should send this "Letter to You" to Mr. President. I can't imagine how painful this has all been for you. I continually pray for strength for you. You are an amazing woman. ~Kristin Sousa

  2. I agree with the other commenter about sending this to Obama. I would also point out that he did not sign your letter about Josh. Because that was offensive to me, and I'm not even in your shoes. I don't think its fair that they use pictures of our fallen for pointing things out but they don't want to blast Osama's dead body for everyone. Nor did I find it right that they used pictures of people's loved ones, without telling let alone asking if they could. That is not something every family wants. I support our troops 110% all the time. I always have. It bothers me how many people are just patriotic for this moment and couldn't care less in a week from now.
    always thinking of you, always reading

  3. I agree about sending it to Obama. :) You are beyond amazing. Stay strong. :)

  4. What I don't get about this whole thing is why do people want pictures of a dead Bin Laden and don't cry out when there's pictures of the fallen and even victims of crime here back home...

    yet if there's a violent video game or movie, people freak the flying f*** out about censorship? I don't know if anyone else thinks this but I find this whole "show the body/don't show the body" very contradictory and conflicting as far as society's take on it goes.

  5. Chrissy,

    I admire your strength more than words could ever express. I always have been/always will be very patriotic. I was raised that way & my children are being raised that way. When I first heard the news of Bin Laden's death, I questioned my own patriotism because I wasn't out in the streets celebrating. Reading your post assures me that I am not the only one who feels this way. I pray for continued strength for you & know that I will personally never forget you or Josh even though I have never met either of you. Allison

  6. I'm an Army nurse- I've seen those things in real life- every time I see the pictures of our Soldiers I PRAY that maybe it will shock people into acknowledging whats going on- making them realize the unimaginable price that is being paid for their blissful ignorance. I'm not sure it ever does. I can understand your anger- and you have every right to be. Stay strong. I know Josh is watching out for you from above.

  7. You are incredible. I stumbled across your blog, and I am so glad I did. I believe there is a distinction though.

    Seeing a fallen soldier COULD quite possibly bring home the idea to people that this is an actual war and may actually work towards bringing the respect our military personnel deserves from the general population, whereas seeing Osama with his head blown off will just incite lunatics to come and try to kill us again.

  8. I know I said this about your other post, but I'm still offended that he couldn't take the time to sign the letter about Josh's death. That really pisses me off. I know he's busy and all that b.s. but STILL. It's someone who died following orders he initially gave. It's kind of the absolute least he could do to sit down for an hour one day a week and sign some letters. UGH. Anyway, I agree about the patriotism thing - it's kind of sickening how many people forget about our troops unless it's a holiday or something major happens. Don't they realize that even tonight so many thousands of them are restlessly sleeping or out on patrol so that they can sit on the back porch on a Saturday night and drink their beer? Love ya, girlie. You're not wrong to feel how you do. Keep on keeping on. We're here for you.
    -AM @acreedandapsalm.blogspot.com

  9. I waiver back and forth about releasing the photo. I too would like to see him dead...but I worry about the backlash that could bring. And with Neal still in Iraq...well...I worry about it constantly.

    I did have to finally address my friends and family on Facebook because I got SO many emails on Sunday night and Monday asking me when Neal was coming home. I finally had to blog about it. He is not on the first plane back. He will be home in the spring...just like always. A lot of people don't get it. But that's why it's up to us to continue to educate them. You're doing awesome. Keep it up and I'll keep reading. xoxo (PS I'm always reading even if I'm not always commenting. Your posts are truthful and hard to read and I don't always know what to say...but know that you are always in my prayers).