June 7th, 2009
08:54 PM ET
June 7th, 2009
07:39 AM ET

Dear President Obama #139: On the battlefield

Reporter's Note: President Barack Obama seems to take this notion of communicating with normal Americans pretty seriously, and he has invited us to all write to him with suggestions on how to run the country.  And since he asked, I am writing a letter a day.

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

Among many fascinating people I have been privileged to know over the years was the noted historian and author Stephen Ambrose. He was, like so many of the people he wrote about, somewhat bigger than life. His understanding of history, and his ability to make it comes alive in both his books and interviews were wonderful.

I had the great pleasure of walking with him through the D-Day Museum in New Orleans a couple of years before he died, and he told me so many astonishing stories. As you may recall, he was the museum’s founder. He put up a small fortune of his own to get it started, and poured so much heart and determination into the project it simply could not fail. All of that was evident that day as we walked and talked; his deep respect, his years of study, and his abiding love for young Americans willing to go into battle beneath our nation’s flag.

The museum has since been renamed by Congress as America’s National World War Two Museum, and it is absolutely a must-see. And if you have never read Stephen’s book, D-Day, you really should.


June 7th, 2009
07:00 AM ET

Five U.S. contractors held in slaying of another in Iraq

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/06/06/iraq.green.zone.killing/art.baghdad.green.gi.jpg caption="The body of James Kitterman was found in a car in Baghdad's heavily protected Green Zone."]


Five American security contractors were detained in connection with the killing of another American contractor last month inside Baghdad's Green Zone, sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN Saturday.

Iraqi and U.S. personnel took the five into custody in an operation inside the Green Zone before dawn on Friday, according to an Iraqi official involved in the investigation into the killing of James Kitterman. The five, who have not yet been charged, were being held by Iraqi security forces Saturday at a jail inside the heavily protected zone, he said.

The troops also confiscated weapons during the raid on the suspects' firm at about 4 a.m. (11 a.m. ET), said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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