By Robert McGovern
Captain Robert McGovern epitomizes all that's correct and strong in the United States. one in every of 9 youngsters turning out to be up in a brand new Jersey family members, he made neighborhood headlines as a highschool soccer phenom sooner than changing into a celebrity linebacker for the Kansas urban Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the recent England Patriots. whilst his illustrious NFL profession used to be 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 depart public existence and subscribe to the U.S. military to higher serve the rustic he loves. As an army prosecuting legal professional, Captain McGovern has recommended battlefield commanders on criminal 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 conflict on Terror—both at domestic and within the center East—Captain Robert McGovern is a rare American with a awesome and critical tale to tell—one that each American must listen.
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We said nothing to one another. We didn’t know one another and probably never would, but we were now about to experience something that none of us would ever forget. That seemed to be happening a lot the past few days. After a few minutes, we saw the president coming toward us in his motorcade. They pulled up and the president, Mayor Giuliani, and Governor George Pataki climbed out of a big black Suburban. Senators Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer arrived a few minutes later. They all looked somber and deeply moved.
S. Special Forces to train the Afghan Army in mortar fire. It was common to find young kids in the fields we used for training, because they often found stuff, like scrap metal, they could sell at their local marketplace. On this day, as usual, before the exercises began, troops went into the area and announced in English and in the native language for that area, Pashtun, that everybody ought to stay clear because firing was about to begin. Unfortunately, these kids chose to ignore the repeated warnings.
My mother then grabbed a broom handle and started banging on the dining-room ceiling, right below my bedroom. That didn’t really do much to scare me, either. I actually thought it was pretty funny. So I kept goofing around and talking my head off. Mistake number three. The next thing I knew, the bedroom door flew open. Standing in the door frame was the silhouette of Dirty Harry, disguised as my mother. And she was armed . . armed with shoes. Lots and lots of shoes. I crouched in the far corner of the room, and now I was terrified.
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