Posted: 6/6/2002 8:06:02 AM EDT
Throughout our history, war has been a constant. War is a condition that changes people and nations. The United
States of America was conceived in war. It has also defined so much of our national character.
We often see ourselves through the prism of war. So much of what we are and how we regard ourselves as a nation
have been determined by war and its eventual outcome.
As the smoke dissipated from the fields of Yorktown, a new republic emerged from the aftermath. Uncle Sam was born that day. From
the moment he drew his first breath, he was young and brash -- almost cocky. But why shouldnÕt he have been? A land of peasants and
noblemen had dared to defy an empire. Not only had they defied King George; they also soundly defeated his experienced troops on