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It’s the Fourth of July!  For those outside the United States that doesn’t know, today is the day Americans celebrate the founding of the United States as a country.  Here’s a review of an audiobook that’s fitting for today.

Derek W. Beck.  The War Before Independence: 1775-1776.  Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, June 1st 2016.  528 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This audiobook is a fascinating military history on the first few months of the American War of Independence.  Tantor Audio turned the written book into an audio book.  While the physical book is over five hundred pages long the book in audio format comes in at 13 hours and 49 minutes long.  The narration was good and both the reader and the content of the book captured my attention from start to finish.

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I had to check to see if this was not a parody of a Patriotic American…an Army veteran freeing a bald eagle by firing his rifle during American Independence Day weekend and they later naming the eagle “Freedom.” The only thing missing is BBQ, fireworks and a speech by General Mattis ending with mom’s apple pie for dessert.

Check out the news story:

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I just finished an incredible book on Al Qaeda and the road to 9/11 with my review coming soon sometime this week.  Since tommorow is July 4th, the American Independence Day I thought I share what I found towards the end of the book of an interesting prediction by Osama Bin Laden right after 9/11 happened.  Bin Laden predicted the following:

These painful blows will mark the beginning of the wiping out of America and the infidel West after the passing of tens of years, God willing.”

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“Ten years” would be 2011.  America is still around.  And so is the West.

Now don’t get me wrong I think the West is deteriorating morally and spiritually.  There’s many things wrong with the United States.  But God has also been gracious.  So this July 4th I thank God that America is still around and I pray for America.

You know what’s the irony of Bin Laden’s 2011 prediction?  That’s the year Bin Laden was taken out by a Squadron of Navy SEALs…from America.

False teachers should get out of the future prediction business.  Actually the terrorist business and the teaching business all together.  They should just repent of their ways and come to Jesus as the true Savior.

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No True Glory A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah by Bing West

Bing West. No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah.  New York, NY: Bantam Book, December 7th, 2011. 378 pp.

This book is about the US military’s operation in Fallujah from the time the first troops were on the ground in that city and leading up to the Marines’ assault towards the end of 2004.  There is so much that people don’t understand about the US military’s approach towards Fallujah and so many mistaken assumptions and factually incorrect claims of what the US military did.  I think this book makes an important contribution towards understanding what happened.

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I’m not a blind nationalist who idolize America, ignorantly thinking the US is always right. Nor am I someone who thinks America is always wrong, using a simplistic Marxist approach towards history that question everything that is American. I’m an American born to a father who grew up ostracized in a Communist country because my grandfather once owned land and being abandoned my dad had older folks whisper stories to him about America. I’m a kid whose mom was a Laotian refugee after the Vietnam War and told us stories of the incredible kindness of Midwestern Church folks who sponsored them to this country. My immigrant parents struggled with English and didn’t graduate Junior high and yet this country allowed my siblings and I to have the chance for higher education. And a second chance considering in high school I sunk so low as a 1.7 GPA in high school. I’ll remember the many soldiers from dozens of countries we trained with that was surprised that America has such a thing as the GI Bill and VA homeloans. We can debate whether Iraq was right but I will always remember the Iraqis who greeted and show kindness to my fellow Marines, being glad that Saddam was gone and that was months after the invasion was over. I ponder about my recent trip overseas and a Pastor saying “I’ll never see what voting is in my life.” I’m glad that our Constitution has the Bill of Rights including the freedom of speech, expression, press and religious liberties. I love talking to people from other countries and I’m amazed at the nuance people can have of what is good and what is bad about America. I think we Americans can be mature in a naunced and critical (in the right sense of the word) appreciation and love for this country. Or at least be thankful. I’m grateful for all things that might seem trivial: A country where I can access Google, Gmail, Youtube, WordPress and Blogspot without censorship, its many public libraries from sea to shining sea and for the many people of America in different chapters in my life.

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I know it’s kind of early but I want to wish everyone online Happy 4th of July!

I hope you guys are enjoying the day off.

As for us, I’ll be fixing up a BBQ for our church.

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