Sunday, January 06, 2008

Andrew Olmsted

Obsidian Wings blogger killed in Iraq.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP. Peace, may it find its path again.

1/07/2008 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't Mitt Romney's boys know how to blog ?

1/07/2008 7:53 PM  
Blogger DED said...

In reading Olmstead's final post, I hear echoes of the very same points that a friend of mine has made. My friend just shipped off to Iraq on Monday for another tour. I pray he doesn't meet the same fate.

1/08/2008 11:15 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

His final comments raise an issue I have faced in many conversations with a coworker whose fiance has returned from Iraq with severe PTSD, depression and anxiety. She tells me that she gets immensely angry at people who say things along the lines of, "the soldiers are dying in vain," "it is such a waste of life," and other such comments. It seems that Olmstead would have much the same reaction to my comments. Because he did not believe he was wasting his life. If I were ever making any such comments, I would most certainly not insinuate that a person dedicating themselves to the protection of our nation was at all a waste. Simultaneously, that soldier's death can most certainly be a waste when you consider he or she could be utilized in so many more beneficial facets: assassinating Osama Bin Laden, containing the Taliban, performing diplomatic/humanitarian missions in Africa, eliminating actual terror training camps, and deposing leaders who are actual threats to my and your freedom. I can not believe the soldier wasted his life in training to protect the United States; but his death most certainly was in vain because a leader with a poor plan and ill-conceived intentions asked him to give, unquestioningly to a cause that clearly did not defend the USA, or spread the truth of democracy. Rather it lined some cronies pockets and provided a solid cover for the fact that we couldn't (or wouldn't) find a particular man in a cave.

1/10/2008 8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and deposing leaders who are actual threats to my and your freedom,

Unless the military plans on sending troops to DC I don't see that happening.

1/10/2008 11:00 PM  
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