It's 9-11. Never forget.
Many of you are thinking, "Hey, Scoop, you're a cynic. You don't seem like Mr. Patriotism." To that I reply that nobody can love America more than a man who has actually lived and worked elsewhere. To paraphrase Churchill, America is the worst country ... except for the others. I enjoyed my assignments in many other countries, but even when I returned from the very best ones like Norway and Australia, I was swollen with emotion to be "home." Life in America is so much easier than anywhere else, and there is so much more variety at our fingertips. When I say "Is this a great country, or what?" it's usually in response to something like a dumb regulation in some hick town, but the truth is that America is a great country. That doesn't mean we should be completely satisfied with it, or blind to its faults, or stop trying to improve, because it is not a perfect country, but it is special, and all of us born to it have been blessed.