Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal"
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow, this ground -- The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.
It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln, delivered at Gettysburg November 19, 1863.
The armor scandal:
12-21-2004 Steel Production Shortages Complicate Armor Cure
12-21-2004 Soldier Says He Asked Rumsfeld Armor Question Without Aid of Embed
12-16-2004 Special Feedback: Readers on Armor Scandal
12-15-2004 Guest Column: Pentagon Still Spins on Humvee Armor
12-15-2004 Guest Column: The Humvee’s Fatal Design
12-13-2004 Steel Plates, Sandbags and ‘Trojan Horse’ Trucks
12-13-2004 Posing the Right Question
12-13-2004 Armor Priority? What Priority?
12-11-2004 Humvee Flap Is Not the Real Iraq Problem
12-09-2004 How the System Shorted Armored Humvees
12-09-2004 Rumsfeld Should Have Known – and Acted
12-09-2004 Editor’s Note: Discovering a Crisis
12-09-2004 CBS Video
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