By Robert McGovern
Captain Robert McGovern epitomizes all that's correct and sturdy in the United States. one in all 9 young ones becoming up in a brand new Jersey kinfolk, he made neighborhood headlines as a highschool soccer phenom ahead of changing into a celebrity 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 legislations 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 lifestyles and sign up for the U.S. military to raised serve the rustic he loves. As an army prosecuting lawyer, Captain McGovern has urged battlefield commanders on felony 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 strains of the struggle on Terror—both at domestic and within the center East—Captain Robert McGovern is a unprecedented American with a striking and critical tale to tell—one that each American must pay attention.
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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.
These are the people whose stories you ought to know. Why you don’t is a question I can’t begin to answer. Or maybe I can. As a young boy growing up in New Jersey, as an NFL linebacker, as a prosecutor in Manhattan, and as an Army officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, I have had the rare privi- Our Defining Moment ★ 29 lege and opportunity to observe these unsung heroes who walk among us every day. I have seen them in schools, on playing fields, on crime-ridden city streets, and in hostile foreign lands and I have never ceased to be amazed by their professionalism, courage, and dedication.
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