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All American: Why I Believe in Football, God, and the War in by Robert McGovern

By Robert McGovern

Captain Robert McGovern epitomizes all that's correct and solid in the USA. one among 9 childrens transforming into up in a brand new Jersey relations, he made neighborhood headlines as a highschool soccer phenom earlier than turning into a celeb linebacker for the Kansas urban Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the hot England Patriots. while his illustrious NFL profession was once over, he earned a legislation measure from Fordham college and went to paintings for the hot York urban district attorney's place of work. From that vantage aspect he witnessed close-up the autumn of the dual Towers on that world-altering morning in September 2001—an occasion that encouraged him to go away public lifestyles and subscribe to the U.S. military to higher serve the rustic he loves. As an army prosecuting lawyer, Captain McGovern has instructed battlefield commanders on felony principles of engagement in Afghanistan and has prosecuted suspected terrorists in Iraq. A devoted soldier and a guy of religion who has been at the entrance traces of the struggle on Terror—both at domestic and within the center East—Captain Robert McGovern is a rare American with a outstanding and significant tale to tell—one that each American must listen.

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I knew that line of reasoning wasn’t going to work. Because I’d known for years that my mother wasn’t like a lot of other mothers. My dad is the same way, as you might expect of an ex-Marine. Actually, as the Marines say, there is no such thing as an exMarine. So put my father down as a Marine. He fought the Cold War in uniform during the 1950s and served in Greenland as well as over in Europe and at sea. I remember once, when I was a grammar school kid in the 1970s, I asked my dad if the United States could ever be friends with the Soviet Union.

As the attack drew to an end because my mom was running out of ammo, I calculated that she had missed her intended target— me—entirely, although there were a few close calls. But just as I began to feel the satisfaction of a man who thinks he has escaped the hangman’s noose, she fired one last round. It clipped me in the elbow. It stung pretty bad, but luckily for me, my mother couldn’t follow up the assault. There were no more shoes. After the barrage came to an end and I surveyed the damage, I assured myself that it was my mother who got the worst of it.

However, this analogy is completely misplaced when talking about covering a war on foreign soil. We don’t watch the nightly news coverage of crime-plagued cities with an eye toward abandoning them and relocating their entire populations somewhere else. Whenever we are engaged in a war, we are simultaneously engaged in an important debate over the propriety of that war. Today is no different. We must decide if our military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are worth continuing. The media today figure prominently in that debate—a debate that will direct the future course of our nation and impact the lives of millions of Americans.

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