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The rest of this open thread seems pretty minor compared to today's news, so let's get right to the heart of the matter.

Has the mission been accomplished? Is it time to bring our troops home?

I was looking up links to confirm that this coming Friday is Military Spouse Appreciation Day (it is) and found, instead, a blurb informing me that Kate Middleton, the new wife of Prince William, is now a military wife.

Should we welcome her with open arms? I'm sure, like military spouses around the world, she worries when her loved one goes to war. Her worries for his safety might be a little less than ours, but I bet they aren't. But I know she doesn't have to worry about these things while her husband is in a war zone:

1. waiting for the operator to cut off your 5 minute call that went a little over limit
2. fixing the washing machine when it breaks down
3. running over her son's scooter
4. fixing a pay error that the finance office says can only be fixed by the active duty member even though he is in an undisclosed location and his wife has a power of attorney
5. rats in the pantry

Yes, all of those things have happened to me and I hope that no other military spouse has to go through any of them, minor as they are.

Anyway, that's my intro to this week's MCM Open Thread. Let us know what you're thinking about... the Royal Wedding... upcoming Military Spouse Appreciation Day... or anything else that catches your fancy, even if it's not military. BTW... Did you happen to catch the White House Press Dinner?

Thanks to both Giles Goat Boy and JaxDem for taking an open thread this last month. I really appreciate it!

We have some more Monday's available this month. Is anyone else willing to give it a go?

May 9
May 16
May 23
May 30

Let me know in the comments below.

Good news - we have exactly 100 followers! Wouldn't it be great to see them all leave a comment in the open thread?

And, on a personal note, anyone heard from Danang65? He's been awfully quiet this week and I'm missing his comments. I can always count on him to make me smile :)

Onward to the discussion... what do you think. How much longer should we stay in Afghanistan and does killing Bin Laden make a difference to the game plan?

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  •  Have pity on me this week... (2+ / 0-)
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    BOHICA, EclecticCrafter

    the open thread is disjointed and doesn't make much of a point. Forgive me - I'm surrounded by moving boxes and am still in the middle of unpacking. It feels great to finally have our stuff (it finally feels like home!) but it hasn't left me much time to organize my thoughts.

  •  Call me weird but I don't like the word celebrate (1+ / 0-)
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    BOHICA

    in conjunction with all of this. We've killed a man. He needed to be killed. But I'm not sure we need to celebrate. To me, this should be a moment of reflection rather than one of celebration. Am I the only one that feels this way?

  •  Very targeted, very much reduced (1+ / 0-)
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    angelajean

    Obama now has his national security cred. It would be so gratifying if very quickly he announced a very significant reduction and tightening of our goals in our 3 wars. Getting our troups off the ground in two countries, with only very well-defined support operations, would change the election tremendously.

    Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur.

    by MrMichaelMT on Mon May 02, 2011 at 03:32:56 AM PDT

  •  The Obama mission sounds so dangerous (0+ / 0-)

    It's hard to fathom the bravery of the team. I suppose the people directly involved will be unsung heroes, since terrorism and sympathizers of bin Laden live on. It'll be interesting to see if this event draws out some pockets of his support.

  •  Petition from rethinkafghanistan: (0+ / 0-)

    http://rethinkafghanistan.com/...

    Please consider signing this.

  •  I'm not sure how to feel (2+ / 0-)
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    BOHICA, angelajean

    I was stationed in Hawaii on 9/11, and on post-deployment leave, so I learned about the attacks from my older sister when she called me from Connecticut. My specialty had me focused on issues not pertinent to the Middle East. I lost no one in the attacks. This doesn't hit me personally as it does others.

    Jester, OTOH, was severely injured in Marja last year. I called him this morning with the news as he was on his way to Walter Reed for a pain management appointment. His reaction was short and direct:

    "Good. Can we get the hell out of Afghanistan now?"

    I'm glad OBL is dead. I'm saddened that we won't be out of Afghanistan any time soon, not with those trillions of dollars of mineral resources having been discovered. We still live in a police state where the Constitution is meaningless.

    Really, what will this change? Nothing.

    When are you going to understand that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage. - Practical Magic

    by Keori on Mon May 02, 2011 at 04:48:47 AM PDT

    •  Jester and I had exactly the same reaction. (0+ / 0-)

      That was my first thought as well.

      I wonder if the young people celebrating Bin Laden's death also assume that it means an end to the wars in the Middle East?

    •  I have too many memories of hearing (1+ / 0-)
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      mortar fire (or worse, hearing them land in tr camp) to not be glad OBL is gone.

      But yes, I had the same reaction. My spouse didn't have much of a reaction at all. She doesn't, these days. She only reacts if it affects her at that moment. So very broken.

      "Them as can do has to do for them as can't. And someone has to speak up for them as has no voices." — Terry Pratchett

      by LoreleiHI on Mon May 02, 2011 at 10:15:03 AM PDT

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      •  Glad that he is gone... yes. (0+ / 0-)

        But celebrate it? Can't there be a difference? I'm trying to wrap my head around being proud of a job well done but not celebrating the job that needed doing. It's complicated and maybe that's why it's easier just to celebrate. I just hope the celebration tempers soon... I'm afraid for our troops  

      •  /sigh (1+ / 0-)
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        I wish so badly that things had gone easier for her. I hopehopehope that her life starts to turn upward now that she's out of the service. Although, I suspect, that some of the hardest parts are only beginning.

        When are you going to understand that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage. - Practical Magic

        by Keori on Mon May 02, 2011 at 01:18:08 PM PDT

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        •  there are some light signs (2+ / 0-)
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          She sees the broken. She takes the meds. She gets that she can't move to be with me until she starts getting better--and that's her one goal right now.

          I hate having to leave her at her mother's house, but it's what I have to do. There's so much broken, and I can't fix it for her, and I'll just keep trying if I'm there, or if she's here. And she'll never make progress. It was so bad that her doctors and therapists were insisting I be there for each session--I can't do her work and mine as well! :(

          I love her past reason, but I was dieing. She needed to be away from all the uniforms, so I left the home I loved, but she can't come here until she shows that she can start getting better. I'm a spouse, not a crutch, damn it!

          "Them as can do has to do for them as can't. And someone has to speak up for them as has no voices." — Terry Pratchett

          by LoreleiHI on Mon May 02, 2011 at 06:20:03 PM PDT

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          •  The hardest part about loving someone is not (0+ / 0-)

            being able to do the things for them that they need to for themselves.

            My mom goes through this with my dad but to a lesser degree than your wife.  My dad is borderline diabetic and it is a constant struggle to 'get' him to eat properly - my mom's life is a constant battle between needing to help him help himself and frustration with her inability to make him do what she wants. The stress is wearing her down and I know that she has been tempted to leave. It's hard to watch someone slowly kill themselves.

            Your situation is doubly hard - you have to save yourself in order to safe your wife. You have to come first this time and, by placing yourself first, you're actually helping more than you're hurting. You will help her find a way to help herself again... then maybe she can truly heal.

            Sending good thoughts your way. aj

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