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Winning the Revolutionary War

On 17 Dec 1777, the French foreign minister, Charles Gravier, count of Vergennes, officially acknowledged the US as an independent nation. News of the Continental Army’s overwhelming victory against the British General John Burgoyne at...

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Parade

A friend of mine, Rusty Richter, is running for State Representative; there was a local parade today–he and his team were in the parade; he asked me to join him–to ride in a restored Army jeep; I did. It was fun to help a friend and to...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Despite all the problems on the earth at this time and all the problems in the US at this time, we Americans still have much to be thankful for. We still live in the nation on this earth that provides the most freedoms and rights to its...

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Berlin Wall came down today in 1989

I spent some time in Berlin while the Wall was still up; I was a West Point cadet and spent much of a summer’s leave there. To say that the wall was a glaring symbol of oppression is a major understatement. I was free, when in uniform, to go...

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Specialist Wang

Meirong Wang was born in and attending college in China; as she was finishing her degree and looking forward to teaching high school physics she had the opportunity to travel to the US. Once she was here she decided to stay; she wasn’t renouncing...

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Corrupt Afgan Cops

If there is one truly ineffective (read corrupt and out of control) agency in Afghanistan it is the local police forces. Yet the leaders of some of the police forces in the most dangerous areas of the country say they oppose the surge of US forces...

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Freedom of the press in Iraq

Iraqi journalists protested against censorship in Baghdad on 14 August. Dozens took part in the demo at Baghdad’s old book market, carrying signs which read “Do not kill the truth”, and chanting “Yes to freedom. No to...

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Bastille Day in Afghanistan

Freedom is a bond that unites the US, Afghanistan and the coalition of partner nations. As service members of each nation sacrifice to secure Afghanistan, it’s important to remember those who have walked the path of freedom before us. Lessons...

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Memorial Day

To some, today, Monday, 25 May 09, is Memorial Day. To others it will always be the traditional 30 May. What day we remember that others have died so that we may be free is not important; that we remember is very important. I went to the local...

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14 June

Today is both Flag Day and the US Army’s 223rd Birthday. There’s even a website celebrating the birthday; its: a href=” To all my brothers and sisters in arms in the US Army, you have my greatest respect; happy birthday. To all...

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