By Robert McGovern
Captain Robert McGovern epitomizes all that's correct and sturdy in the United States. considered one of 9 kids turning out to be up in a brand new Jersey relatives, he made neighborhood headlines as a highschool soccer phenom sooner than 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 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 depart public lifestyles 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 felony 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 strains of the warfare on Terror—both at domestic and within the center East—Captain Robert McGovern is a rare American with a awesome and significant tale to tell—one that each American must pay attention.
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Additional info for All American: Why I Believe in Football, God, and the War in Iraq
I believe it is imperative that the American people be allowed to make a fully informed and thoughtful decision. For that reason, I believe it is incumbent upon the news media who regularly comment on the progress of the war to provide both the positive and negative aspects of the conflict. Unfortunately, from much of the content and tone in the majority of reports I have heard on the war, it seems to me that the media have failed in this professional duty. When questioned directly, I have heard news reporters and TV anchors attempt to justify the seeming disparity in coverage 38 ★ A L L A M E R I CA N by blaming the demand for higher and higher ratings.
My mother, however, was even tougher. I suppose she had to be, with my father working long hours in the family trucking business he inherited from his father. She is not afraid to call wrong by its name. After September 11, 2001, I overheard her saying that we ought to turn those terrorist training camps into 36 ★ A L L A M E R I CA N parking lots. That’s why I love her. 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.
After September 11, 2001, I overheard her saying that we ought to turn those terrorist training camps into 36 ★ A L L A M E R I CA N parking lots. That’s why I love her. 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.
All American: Why I Believe in Football, God, and the War in Iraq by Robert McGovern