My Fox News Interview and Hubpages

Or How God Can Humble Us

Yesterday as I checked my email, I received a message from someone who claimed to be a producer from Fox News. I of course assumed it to be a hoax until I took a really good look at the actual email address. It was the person’s name and “@foxnews.com”. I asked my daughter-in-law – who I’m visiting here in the Seattle, Washington area – what she thought. She did a quick internet search and sure and behold –the person– was a Fox News producer. The email was literally sent from the Hubpages contact email so I answered and said I’d love to “speak out”. And thus began a back and forth exchange of phone calls that led to a Fox News interview with Neil Cuvato yesterday. I’m unable to get the video as yet (trying to figure out how to get it off the Comcast DVR), so here are some stills from that segment.

I am humbled and actually quite stunned by the news that someone from Fox actually read some of my Hubs. But I was also humbled by some other things that happened yesterday.

In the rush to get ourselves ready and drive to the Seattle studio the producer told me I would be interviewed from, I also had a chance to talk to the producer at length on and off. I was asked several questions and as is my natural personality, I told her what I thought with great gusto. I am very opinionated (if anyone has read these Hubs, that would be glaringly obvious). I’m also very passionate about my bliefs and am not the least bit shy about expressing myself in a passionate manner. Call it the Italian in me – my maiden name used so many years ago was Pasquariello.

It took me until the second grade to learn how to spell my own name as I recall…

But I digress…

The producer asked me several times during our conversations via phone – leading up to the interview – “Will you be as feisty as you are now if we do this interview?” In other words, BE MYSELF. I not only said I would but the first time I was asked I exclaimed enthusiastically, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!”


I was sent text messages, as I mentioned, and I was called several times to give directions. I was asked more interview questions as well. The producer also spoke to me supportively in that little ear thing they give you (being a slight germ-a-phobe I thought to myself as they placed it into my ear – who else stuck this into their ear wax before me??? Eeeeewwwww…). Sometimes reminded to be my feisty self.

While I sat there, listening to the gentleman who placed the microphone properly on my sleeve, fixing my hair so that it would cover it, and listening to the guy in the booth gently and kindly give me directions – I was surprised at how calm I actually was.

I have been interviewed on radio before but never television. So I was still surprised that I wasn’t nervous. I was excited, but not nervous. I was being interviewed because of the breaking news with regard to General McChrystal and his interview for “The Rolling Stone”. The producer who read my Hubs told me during our phone conversations the idea for the interview would be to know what my thoughts were regarding this whole matter – did I think the General should be fired, what did I think of President Obama (Oh BOY I gave her an earful on THAT one!) and other such questions especially given the fact I’m a mother of a soldier and wife of a soldier. We were asked to send photos of my son Alex and my husband Mark and Fox was gracious enough to show that photo prior to my interview.

I made certain I read the “Rolling Stone” article on our drive to the studio, and wrote down one talking point I had hoped to make. Otherwise, I felt prepared and confident that I could answer Mr. Cuvato’s questions, regardless what they were, with my usual enthusiasm and gusto. It’s my nature, it’s my personality, it’s the way I am – piece of cake.

Seconds before I was to go on, once again I was reminded in my ear to be my usual enthusiastic self and I made the mistake of saying, “I promise.”

As the Old Testament Proverb goes: Pride cometh before the fall…

Also prior to going live, I became very, very quiet within my spirit and I talked to the Lord. My heart had suddenly begun to race – surprising me because as I said, I really wasn’t that nervous. Or so I thought. So I prayed, “Lord, let me say what You want me to say and how You want me to say it.” Then I paused, already feeling such a full and encompassing peace, my heart already decelerating and then I became honestly emotional as I silently prayed, “All for You my Lord, all for Your glory.”


I was at that moment, totally peaceful. And then I was told by the gentleman in the booth I was on and Mr. Cavuto was introducing me.

He was so gracious, starting the interview by thanking me, my husband and son for our service. I believe he meant it sincerely and I was so grateful to him for taking the time to say so not only at the beginning of the segment but again thanking me and my loved ones for our service at the end. What a class act Mr. Cuvato is!

His first question was a quick one – A General can never question his Commander in Chief. I was prepared for that one – and found myself carefully answering it. I say carefully because I really respect General McChrystal and believe – given what he has to work with – the worst Commander in Chief in history – he is doing a great job. However – it’s also historical fact – if a General – even a beloved one – goes public criticizing the President – think Harry Truman and General McArthur – expect that your job will not be secure.

I also wanted to make it clear though – that while I know General McChrystal speaking out publicly about the President was probably going to cost him his job, I believe he was forced to it.


I think I made my point on Mr. Cavuto’s program. Due to the lack of leadership by Mr. Obama, he set the conditions for General McChrystal probably feeling as if he had to speak out.

Then Mr. Cavuto asked me something I absolutely didn’t expect. He essentially asked me what my son thought of the General.

Any “feistiness” I expected to bring to the interview drained out of me at that moment. In fact, in the video (which I hope later to bring to these Hubpages), you see that my expression changes – for just a second – to “Oh no…”

My son has said he “respectfully disagrees with the rules of engagement” General McChrystal has imposed. I was not however, on international T.V. – going to express those sentiments. In fact, the very reason McChrystal is being called back to D.C. possibly to have his head handed to him on a silver platter, is because he was quoted as having been critical of his boss. My son is still in Afghanistan, at war, he’s not home yet. There was no way I could possibly put him in a position of speaking for him, no less critically of his boss.

Or---I could have lied. I don’t do lying very well any more. It’s a “thing” with me. I don’t lie. I rarely ever succumb, even to those little “white” lies people use. Lying is lying. I try to always be completely honest every day of my life.

So I dodged the question. And in doing so, I had to think about what I was saying, measuring my words, and thus ending any chance I had of being “feisty” as promised.

The interview ended – with Mr. Cavuto allowing me so much time to speak that I was able to get my one major talking point in as at least one reason I felt General McChrystal had to speak out.

In the “Rolling Stone” article itself, no friend to the military needless to say and painfully biased – they noted that one of the reasons McChrystal was at odds with the administration was because not only did McChrystal have a great relationship with President Karazi – but he meets with Karazi regularly. I believe the times the two have met were too numerous to place a number to. This according to the Rolling Stone” article.

My point was, McChrystal met with OUR President, his Commander in Chief a total of two times – amounting to no more than an hour combined. It was no wonder McChrystal finally felt in a position of frustration and a need to speak out!

The bad news was – I know I deeply disappointed the kind producer who relied on me to bring my spitfire personality to the interview. I could hear it in the producer's voice when I was politely thanked in my ear once the interview was over and wished me a great evening.

My daughters told me I looked “so pretty” and my one daughter Allie said I sounded “Poised and educated.”

My husband was high fiving me through my Blackberry afterwards telling me that a number of high ranking military officers were watching the interview with him at work and when I made the point that McChrystal saw President Karazi many more times then he’s met with our own President there were, “Whoooooos” throughout the room. But in a good way.

He said he was so proud and impressed with my “presence” on T.V.

I however, felt quite a bit the failure. I promised the producer who spent so much time and effort to set the interview up, I would “bring it” and I even in essence bragged that nothing could STOP me from bringing it – but I never should have promised that.

Because I know – in that still quiet moment, just before the interview, when I went before the throne room of God, beseeching Him to use me as His tool He heard my prayer. When I asked that He give me the strength to do what He wanted me to do, how He wanted it done, I got what I prayed for. So while greatly humbled by this experience – in more ways than one—I do have a peace deeply felt.

I also seem to have “done my family proud” as my daughters told me. Then later my son when he called from Afghanistan and found out via my daughter-in-law.

Among many things I’ve learned, one clear lesson is—pride really does come before the fall – so it’s best not to climb atop ones ego!

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Carol all I can say is well done - this is confirmation of how true you are to your beliefs and actions. Which comes loud and clear through your hubs. I am so glad for you and your family - they sound very proud of how you handled yourself. I look forward to seeing the video. I guess I better find that Rolling Stone interview also. Keep up the spirit Carol. :)


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I heard your interview, and didn't think Cavuto should have asked you about your son's beliefs. In fact, I was shocked when he did, and proud of you for not allowing yourself to be blindsided. Great job!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Carol,

I am amazed by your poise under pressure. I think your hesitation, as you describe, to Cavuto's question about your son was natural and true. I agree with sheila, he shouldn't have asked you about your son's views. I am so proud of you and I can't wait to see the interview. Bravo Carol. You are an amazing womanly talented woman.


Yolanda 6 years ago

Good job Carol, man! you're incredible. Please do not kick yourself for not 'bringing it' it is altogether possible that God did not want you to bring it, for whatever reason. You asked Him to give you the right words to say and you did. I can't wait to see the interview. You go girl!


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

I wouldn't expect less from a wife and mother of warriors....You have made HubPagers proud you are one of us...Larry


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

On my Delata flight back to Lansing, MI right now - on board WiFi - thank GOD for that. Getting to this flight today was one of THE worst experiences I've ever had - but that's another Hub. I'm on my flight from Seattle to home and we are airborne! Anyway - thank you "crew" for your wonderful comments of support. Billy - you are very kind to stop by and write what you did. And Sheila, all I can say is, I honestly think Cavuto believed I would answer, "My son ADORES him." Cavuto has always been very supportive in his remarks regarding the military - he was actually very, very gracious as was his staff. So honestly - I think he thought he knew my answer before asking it. Thank you for your comments though. I was pretty surprised myself when he asked that! LOL!

And Pop - you KNOW I'm your biggest fan - and love it any time you stop by to leave your comments.

Yolanda - how very kind of you to say such nice things. After it was all over, I agree, I think what I said was what I was supposed to say, and that God did truly answer my prayers.

And Maven. wow - I'm so humbled by the whole experience. I don't know if I've made Hubpages proud, but I can tell you all this - we are being read here! So keeping Hubbing - you never know who is reading!

I am so, so thankful for all of your comments. I'm proud of all of YOU because it's YOUR writing that has made Hubpages what it is! Thanks you guys!


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA

My respect for you as always! God bless you and watch over your son.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Wow, a true movie star.

Take care.

Keep on hubbing!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Carol,

On the question about your son's thoughts you were right to answer as you did. Discretion is the better part of valor!!!!!


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CornerStone51 6 years ago from Mifflintown, PA

Hey Sis...I still haven't seen the interview but Mother said you were very poised and well spoken. She thought you were great. And you did exactly the right thing about speaking for Alex. One general in trouble is enough right now...we don't need Alex in trouble with his chain of command. We all know that McChrystal broke a cardinal rule, but, I am inclined to believe now that maybe he did it on purpose. Patraeus is a GREAT replacement. We shall see what happens now.

Proud of you and can't wait to see this video.

Love ya bushels!!!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Ru - thanks for your comments - you are a very nice man - and thank you from my heart for your comments about my son!

Eovery - HARDLY a movie star! LOL! But you're sweet to say so!

Thank you Tom - I feel I did the right thing ultimately!

And Sis - tell your wonderful Mom that she is being generous - but I do thank her very much! And I love you Sister of my HEART!


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outdoorsguy 6 years ago from Tenn

I shouldnt post to your hubs now... Im not worthy im not worthy LOL. Glad to see some one like you. who has been " feisty, honest and involved get a shot at speaking out to the nation. Congrats Carol.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Holy Cow ! I know a celebrity. Good for you. And I hope you continue to speakout to the man !


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jiberish 6 years ago from florida

CJV, Congrad's.


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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

Congrats on that interview! I too have a son in the military and could not have spoken for him either. Good for you for saying that prayer before going out there and speaking - God always knows what is best. Great hub!


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Dave Sibole 6 years ago from Leesburg, Oh

Great Hub. I enjoyed the read but also thank God for the platform He is giving people to go public on. Thanks for allowing yourself to be a tool.


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GojiJuiceGoodness 6 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

Wow! That's amazing. I hope you're able to get the video soon--I'd love to see it!


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Tuckerp 6 years ago from Clifton Tx

Good for you . Smart to leave the son out of it . My Son is a Marine . I know he doesn't like Obama . But he has never once brought him up . Never has said a word about the man . He won't .

Sounds like you handled all that well . I liked your prayer . I sure the good lord did too . I like Neil , he seems to sit right of center . Like many do . And ask good Questions .

I was at the trial of Billy Joe Shaver last month . Willie Nelson sat next to me for about 4 hours . Some ask me" What is Willie like?" Ha . He snores like any other guy .

Maybe this will be a start to more stuff for you . Go girl !


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SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

We usually have Cavuto on, but I must have missed that segment. Sorry, but I am VERY jealous of the opportunity you were afforded. I hope you can link the video, because I would LOVE to see it. You go girl. GOOD JOB!!!!!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Sheri I'm driving myself MAD trying to figure out how to get a copy off the DVR - if you or anyone knows how I can do it - I'd appreciate any help. I've searched the web and the one way I found didn't work for me. And the other was when I called Comcast and they said with a video card and tethering the PC or Mac to it I should be able to get the recorded program. If anyone knows, give me a holler!


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outdoorsguy 6 years ago from Tenn

CJV this might work short term at anyrate. take the out to TV line, attach it to a vcr's in from antenna line. and record it on to tape. so at least you have a copy off the DVR. then you can use a TV tuner card or box to record onto your computer.

or use a DVD player with a record function. all I can think of at the moment sorry.


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tom hellert 6 years ago from home

CJV,

I AM JEALOUS!!!! Being allowed to be interviewed on a real topic- that you know something about and based on the military reaction you stepped up to the plate and gave it a ride-Oh no you weren't screaming your head off swearing all that would have done is given Lefty dopes ammo to shoot you with-

Poise is not gained but born- You have poise I would have been fiestyer and been labeled as a "Right wing kook". John W Holt said it well "The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do.” In that you showed alot of character. Good luck can't wait for the video!!!!! God Bless your men and all men in uniform.


Doodlebird 6 years ago

Wow! How exciting. I think I'd freeze like a deer in the headlights. Good job!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

LOL Doodlebird! I almost did!


afofrank 6 years ago from UTRECHT,THE NETHERLANDS

Interesting and fascinating interview and revelations


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Carol...that question they asked by surprise stole the air out of their plan...to stay fiesty. You were honest and had no plan to put words in your son's mouth just for the sake of the broadcast. I'd say that makes you a stand up gal and a great American. At the very least you have created an excitng memory...fun time on the Hub, huh? WB


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago

Excellent! I would have felt that pressure as well. Kudos to you for handling it so graciously.


Susan 6 years ago

Carol...I've been there and done that so many times over the years...tv news, radio talk shows with open mike and took call ins, tons of newpaper interviews. I know how you felt it's all fine until they ask the one question you know in your heart you must not answer. All things considered Carol, you dod a wonderful job and I'm sure your son is so proud of you! I'll look for the video once you post it and I rated this up!


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

Wow! That is way cool. I look forward to seeing the video. It is always better to do things God's way than our own way! Great job! I'm proud of my fellow hubber.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Outdoorsguy - got it! I just set up my video camera and recorded from the T.V.! But thanks for the tip!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Whidbaywriter - thank you for you kind comments!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Tukerup- thanks so much! And thank your son for his service for me please! God bless you both!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Tom H. - you crack me up - every time I see your profile "picture" - you're such a riot! You said such nice things you ole dog you! Thanks so much! I'm humbled by all the attention and do not for one moment think I'm nearly as wonderful as all of you are so kind to say.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

afofrank - thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Awwwww Wayne, thanks. You guys are all being way too kind!! But thank you so much for saying so - with support like this - who cares about botched T.V. interviews?! LOL!!!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you Joni! Honestly - I have no regrets, I'd do it the same way again!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Well Susan, coming from a pro - that's a vote of confidence and I thank you very much for taking the time to leave your comments!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks a million Cari Jean! I do have the video posted now!


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kelster 6 years ago from San Diego, Ca

Great hub! And Good for you! I look forward to reading more!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks kelster!!


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pinkboxer 6 years ago from Louisiana

Fantastic!Your boldness is as the spirit of Daniel. God bless you and your family.


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Don Simkovich 6 years ago from Pasadena, CA

Great to know Hubs get ready by many. Speaks well of many of us Hubbers then . . . motivation to write quality Hubs and give reasons for our opinions and facts to reference in our articles. Good job!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you pinkboxer and Don Simkovich for stopping by. Be encouraged and keep Hubbing!


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

This is a great hub and you did the right thing by listening to your Heavenly Father. You may not understand all the reasons at the moment but you probably will sooner or later. If you pleased Him, nothing else matters...Thank you for sharing.


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sagebrush_mama 6 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

How faithful He is! Good job!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

I think you were being a mom first and an 'Italian' second - meaning Italians or wannabee Italians such as myself are passionate and have a way of expressing ourselves. However, we take into consideration who we are speaking for...if for ourselves that is one thing, but for someone else, and in this case your son who is in the line of fire in so many ways, we tend to become passionate in a different way - protective. I would have probably fainted dead away. You are doing great work - please keep doing it!


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JeanieR 6 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA

Carol, I am inspired to get a hub page up.

Great writing!

Great wisdom!

Great courage!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, I came over just to say well done. I live in England so I am not sure of American politics, but I think I understand what was going on. but it just goes to show, as you say, that we do make a difference on here, so I just wanted to say congrats on standing up for what you believe in, on national TV. cheers nell


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you Nell for jumping over the pond to leave your thoughts! How lovely of you to do so!!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

JeanieR - thank you so much - I'm humbled by the attention and Praise - but all the glory DOES go to God! ;-)


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Ictodd1947 - yep - we Momma's know what it is when we get in that "protect my babies" mode! No less as you so aptly put - speaking for my son who is in the line of fire - no can do! I can tell you what I think any day of the week, but we do have to be careful when we speak for others in any case! Thanks for stopping by with your thoughts!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Sagebrush Mama - you are absolutely correct! Thank you for leaving your comments!


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

You certainly made your own family and the extended family of HP proud. I wish I could have seen the interview as I am sure I would have enjoyed it.

Your story about the way you were being contacted for the interview is one more proof that McCrystal did not initiate the contact with Rolling Stones and in fact was “advised” to do so – his replacement was orchestrated in advance and the interview was just a pretext.

I do agree with you and it is true that the general was spending a lot of time trying to build good will, but let’s not forget that the COIN theory belongs to Petraeus who wrote the manual about the rules of engagement.

I am sure McCrystal will be writing a book, rather sooner than later, and we will find out more about the whole story.

My personal believe is that he knew we can’t possibly win this war and he did not want to be part of the defeat. He said more than once that “for every person we kill we make 10 enemies” and I totally agree with that.

I hope and pray for all our troops and your son to be safe and come back home soon – may God Bless them all.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Petra - you've written some excellent theories and I can see your points. Very interesting! And thanks for stopping by to add to the discussion!


extertain 6 years ago

Hi... You have written a great article out here. Its been a nice experience reading your words.


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American Romance 6 years ago from America

I didn't realize you had a hub about your interview or I would have read it! Amazing! I think that is soooo cool! I hope I get that opportunity some day! hahha we all know I am way too radical conservative even for FOX haha, Good job and congrats! thanks for sending it to me! I forwarded this to others! My brother just got home from Iran for the second time, he is an air traffic controler, and a career military man.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

American Romance, please thank your brother for me. Thank God for people like him. And you -didn't you serve as a Marine as well?

You've been very kind and I thank you for all the attention. You never know - if you really want it badly enough - you just may get on Fox sometime. I wasn't even seeking it though! Working for a celebrity I'm very, very happy to remain in the sidelines and thanking God it's him not me. LOL

BUT - if my book ever makes it - I will stand in that spotlight and shamelessly promote that thing! Otherwise, I'm very satisfied out of the spotlight. Thanks again for your kindness and positive remarks!


amin sghfdsgfas 5 years ago

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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for your interesting input amin.

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