|An Army Born In Revolution
This is a tough subject to address when so many of you may be heading for Iraq. I would prefer to speak of sweeter things. But I also know that 20 or 30 years from now any one of you may be the Chief of Staff or the National Security Adviser or even the Presidentafter all, two of your boys, Grant and Eisenhower, did make it from West Point to the White House. And that being the case, its more important than ever that citizens and soldiersand citizen-soldiershonestly discuss and frankly consider the kind of country you are serving and the kind of organization to which you are dedicating your lives. You are, after all, the heirs of an army born in the American Revolution, whose radicalism we consistently underestimate.
No one understood this radicalismno one in uniform did more to help us define freedom in a profoundly American waythan the man whose monument here at West Point I also asked to visit todayThaddeus Kosciuszko.