Facebook status updates...tweets...an email from Neal.
Everyone is going stupid like it's going to change anything.
Always the realist he is.
We emailed back and forth for a few minutes.
It was 8 AM in Iraq. In my head, the 352 and the rest of Balad was spontaneously erupting into victory celebrations. The only image that came to mind?
This is not over.
I very patiently answered the swarms of emails I received last night and this morning asking me when Neal will be home...congratulating me on the news...as if President Obama's speech would change anything for the Miller household. If 352's mission was to capture and kill Osama Bin Laden then I may very well have run naked through the streets last night, waving an American flag and trying not to accidentally stab myself in my girlie parts. That is not 352's mission...they still have work to do. So, we allow ourselves to feel vindicated, to rejoice in justice being served...we crank up Toby Keith and feel our American hearts swell with pride. We chase down men and women in uniform and vigorously thank them for their service. For the first time since World War II, we feel like we won. We just have to remember...
This is not over.
The phone rang at 10 AM. Caller Unknown.
You know I'm going to pump you for information, right? Everyone wants to know the reaction "over there."
There isn't much to say. There is some concern about retaliation, so we are being warned to be hyper-vigilant. But this doesn't really change anything. It's good for morale and justifies Obama's intent to leave Afghanistan by 2012...but everything is the same.
Did you all have a victory party?
Are you just saying that because you know I'm going to blog about this and you don't want me to put it on the Internet that y'all were celebrating Bin Laden's death?
No. Although...that's pretty funny. We've been talking but that's about it.
That's very disappointing. The last time we "won" a war they had a ticker tape parade.
I'm sure you do. Sorry.
But I Googled images from the past 8 hours and I think I got my ticker tape parade after all. Thank you, United States Armed Forces...our men and women in all the branches and all the various uniforms. We salute you today. May this feeling never fade.