Sunday, May 1, 2011

he's gone where the goblins go below, below, below

You've probably heard by now that Osama bin Laden is dead, killed today by U.S. forces (specifically, a team of Navy SEALs, according to CNN) nearly 10 years after the terror attacks that he masterminded.

I was watching a DVRed episode of CSI when I started seeing Facebook statuses about a very important presidential press conference. I switched over to CNN immediately. My first reaction when I heard what Wolf Blitzer was saying was tears.

I'll leave the posts about the heavy stuff to other bloggers who'll say it way better than I could. They'll talk about how bin Laden was just one man, ask at what cost has he been taken out, wonder how Al Qaeda will retaliate, and remind us that this won't necessarily bring home any troops and doesn't mean an end to "war."

This post, however, is purely personal. I'm a proud Navy wife, so allow me my moment.

One of Jason's reasons for joining the Navy (among many) was the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. I'm sure many men and women of my generation joined the military for that reason.

Now, in a way, we've come full circle. Now, that small part of the mission is actually accomplished. As President Obama said in his address, "Justice has been done."

Jason has been thinking about ending his military service after this enlistment. If things go as currently scheduled, he'll have given eight years of his life to active duty service (and more to the individual ready reserve). Whatever happens, I hope that his aircraft carrier gets to have a big mother-effing banner on it, too.

I'll have one waiting for him on the front of our house.



Angela Noelle said...

Hugs to you, and thanks to Jason for his service.

K. Syrah said...

Good for him for making it eight years!

Anonymous said...

So proud for you both! I am sure he is beaming with pride after the recent events! Will keep saying prayers for his safe return soon!

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

We all owe Jason a huge debt of gratitude