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Kenneth Lemoyne Smith Jr: Iraq: My Stories of Life, Liberty and Leadership (2014-03-25)

Smith Jr, Kenneth Lemoyne | Phi Beta Kappa, 527 Waterman | 2014-03-25 | 10:00 a.m.

…this war is lost, and the surge is not accomplishing anything… - Harry Reid, April 19, 2007

Human nature prevails.  Our desire is to live.  Our unalienable right is to be free.  How we spend our limited time on this earth pursuing happiness is up to each of us:  uniquely, individually, with our own distinctive personality, intellect and motivation.  In the following personal exploration and scholarly analysis, I discuss how our inherent gift of life and the desire for liberty form an integrated platform from which leadership personifies itself in the lives of many.  I examine how my life and the lives of others from both Iraq and America connected on the plains of Al Anbar Province to form a common bond of humanity – not of clashing cultures – that ultimately led a nation of thirty million people to freedom.  This dissertation notes the distinctions and underlying similarities between perceptions and reality as they relate to life, liberty and leadership in disparate cultures framed by war and peace.

If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent ruin. – Samuel Adams

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