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The Breathless Trumpeter

Blair31 Wrote: Apr 17, 2012 2:45 PM
In Arthurian Legend, two groups of knights are drawn up on the Field of Camlan, (which Tom Clancy told the Today Show's Bryant Gumbel, was going to be the title of his then-new Jack Ryan novel The Sum of All Fears. He said that his agent convinced him to change the title because people might see it as a reference to a battle in the Vietnam War).

On Dec. 1, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama offered World AIDS Day remarks at Rick Warren's Forum on Global Health. Obama concluded, "In the Apostle Paul's letter to the Corinthians, he asked, 'If the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?' We as leaders must continue to sound that call?...?and defeat this disease."

American trumpets through two long wars, one against disease (with AIDS the latest front) and the other against totalitarianism, have almost always sounded clear calls. We'll celebrate in 2014 the centennial of the opening of the Panama Canal, its construction possible only because...