By Robert McGovern
Captain Robert McGovern epitomizes all that's correct and sturdy in the United States. one in all 9 little ones transforming into up in a brand new Jersey family members, he made neighborhood headlines as a highschool soccer phenom prior to turning into a celeb linebacker for the Kansas urban Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the recent England Patriots. whilst 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 element 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 existence and sign up for the U.S. military to raised serve the rustic he loves. As an army prosecuting lawyer, Captain McGovern has prompt battlefield commanders on criminal ideas 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 unprecedented American with a amazing and significant tale to tell—one that each American must listen.
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That was bad enough, but at around this time, he had been working on the weekends, too. I hadn’t seen him in a while and apparently I was showing signs that I missed him badly. My mom let my dad know how I was feeling. The following morning, and for many days afterward, he made sure to stop by my bed before he left and each evening when he got home to give me a hug and a kiss. He may have been a tough Marine, but deep down he was one big softy. He eventually lost his “tough-guy” image completely when my sister Betsy accused him of being a nerd.
When I flew in helicopters over villages in both countries, I often saw little kids come running out of their homes to wave at us as we passed over. They were smiling and laughing as they waved, and we waved back. Doesn’t that tell you something? It should. Here’s what it tells me: If the parents of those kids thought that Americans were evil, would they allow their children to go running out of the house to wave at our helicopters? Not a chance. If those kids thought we were the enemy, that we were coming for them, then they’d be cowering in their homes, waiting for us to pass.
In comparison, the people of North Korea are starving to death at the hands of yet another ruthless dictator. Our continued presence in South Korea is a necessary reminder that the process to democracy is a slow one and that all free nations making this journey need help and assistance along the way. These democratic success stories show us that what we are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan is not unique and that success is possible. S. policy in the Middle East is if we heed the recent calls to pull our troops out and go home.