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In this Nov. 5, 2008 file photo U.S. Army Sgt. Kyle Whalen, 22, from Plover, Wis., playfully taps his helmet with an Iraqi boy's donated toy football helmet during a visit to the boy's school in Mosul, 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. When 21st-century Americans contemplate their place on the planet, they confront a complex history of isolationism and engagement, a deep instinct to live and let live that co-exists with an equally fervent desire to be a robust beacon of freedom _ sometimes by any means necessary. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, file)