December 5th, 2009
11:30 AM ET
6 months ago

At military school, Obama's Afghan policy is personal

Roswell, New Mexico (CNN) – Deborah Wright can't remember the exact moment, but her eyes sparkle when asked about her ambition: "I have always wanted to fly planes."

For Jon Huntsman - son of Jon Huntsman Jr., the U.S. ambassador to China and former Utah Republican governor - the spark came during family vacations to Coronado along the California coast near San Diego.

"Watching the Navy SEALs train all day and just wondering, 'What drives those guys out there?' You know? And it's just, serving your country."

To reach their goal, they spend what amounts to their freshman year of college in military uniforms, mixing a stringent class schedule with mandatory physical drills and other military-style training. And they do this far away from home and family, in a remote high desert town: Roswell, New Mexico, better known to most Americans for its UFO museum than as the home of the New Mexico Military Institute.

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  1. ThinkAgain

    Our military policy regarding Iraq and Afghanistan should have been made personal to every American from the get-go; but of course, Bush and Cheney just told us to ignore their blunders and go shopping.

    Thankfully, our current Commander-in-Chief "gets" what sacrifices are necessary on the part of all Americans to succeed in our military efforts and turn our country around.

    December 5, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. strong

    "And it's just, serving your country --" says the article.

    Blind obedience, don't ask questions. Just serve and be quiet. Hmm....

    December 5, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Woonsocket

    It makes you wonder why Obama and so many of his closes friends and advisors hate the military and everything it stand for.

    December 5, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |