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RIP Major Andrew Olmstead

This may be a contradiction of my above call to keep politics out of my death, but I hope not. Sometimes going to war is the right idea. I think we've drawn that line too far in the direction of war rather than peace, but I'm a soldier and I know that sometimes you have to fight if you're to hold onto what you hold dear. But in making that decision, I believe we understate the costs of war; when we make the decision to fight, we make the decision to kill, and that means lives and families destroyed. Mine now falls into that category; the next time the question of war or peace comes up, if you knew me at least you can understand a bit more just what it is you're deciding to do, and whether or not those costs are worth it.
RIP - God Bless
GunSlinger OIF II
death letters are bad, bad luck.
I find it surprising he was allowed to maintain a blog while on duty.
GunSlinger OIF II
lot of freedom for troops to share info in country.   whenever somebody dies, they shut off all the army internet cafes.  but, private Iraqi ones are harder to regulate.  Soldiers pay lots of money to get internet piped in their room.
sorry you feel that way
I just read all of it, and I have the deepest respect for this man and his thoughts, may he rest in peace.
inane little opines

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