The EFM Feature

I’m happy to say that he’s enjoying Christmas here in Tennessee this year. But he did take a moment to reflect on his time in Iraq for National Review. It begins:

When I saw the commercial, I laughed out loud.
By now, you’ve probably seen it. A small group of Marines is out in the desert, obviously suffering in the sweltering heat. But then . . . a single snowflake falls. Then another. Then another. Smiling in wonder, the Marines hold their hands out in joy and relief. The heat has broken.
The commercial then flashes to a scene back home, where a child has just left a department-store Santa. “What did you ask for?” he’s asked. “Something for my Dad.” Heartwarming, right? Well, yes. Because of the intent. But I laughed out loud because of the reality.
“Why are you laughing?” My kids were puzzled by my reaction.
“Because I’ve seen a Christmas snow in the desert, and it’s not like that.”

Read the rest, which is also reprinted on, here.

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