By Robert McGovern
Captain Robert McGovern epitomizes all that's correct and strong in the USA. one in every of 9 teenagers transforming into up in a brand new Jersey kin, he made neighborhood headlines as a highschool soccer phenom ahead of turning into a celeb linebacker for the Kansas urban Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the recent England Patriots. while his illustrious NFL occupation used to be over, he earned a legislation measure from Fordham college and went to paintings for the recent York urban district attorney's workplace. 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 subscribe to the U.S. military to higher serve the rustic he loves. As an army prosecuting lawyer, Captain McGovern has recommended battlefield commanders on felony principles of engagement in Afghanistan and has prosecuted suspected terrorists in Iraq. A committed soldier and a guy of religion who has been at the entrance traces of the battle on Terror—both at domestic and within the center East—Captain Robert McGovern is a rare American with a impressive and demanding tale to tell—one that each American must listen.
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He was an incredibly hardworking and intelligent young man who had maturity and wisdom beyond his years and schooling. Simply put, Specialist Merrill could handle any type of mission, including one requiring immense diplomatic—and human—sensitivity. During our convoy ride to Kabul from our air base in Bagram, Specialist Merrill and I discussed what we could do to show our sympathy to the four families who lost their boys. Merrill suggested that we fund a humanitarian effort in the village where the boys lived.
That’s why, when I think about it, I’m very much my mother’s son. I guess you could say it runs in our family. My mother’s dad, Edward Markey, was a cop in West New York, New Jersey, who did the right thing by turning down a chance to make a lot of money serving as a bagman for some bad cops and politicians in Hudson County, at the time one of the most corrupt counties in America. The way my mother tells the story, her father never considered the offer for a minute, and when he turned it down, his career went downhill.
Iraq is on this same sometimes rocky yet no less certain path to democracy. Iraq enacted a constitution, elected a parliament, and recently elected a president, two vice presidents, and a prime minister. The new democratically elected government of Iraq consists of members from every major religious faction in the country today. This newly formed government is a sure sign that true democracy is taking root in Iraq and that the Iraqi people, through their freely elected representatives, are well on their way to firmly establishing the rule of law in their country.