My most unusual email of this Independence Day weekend came from Colorado National Guardsman Hal Jennings, who wrote to commend the Centennial Institute for sponsoring such events as the John Guandolo briefing on jihad and sharia (June 15) and the upcoming Western Conservative Summit in Lone Tree (July 9-11). His is also the most conclusive can’t-come explanation we’re likely to receive. As for you, never mind the explanation, just come. has all the details and an easy reservation link. We’ll hope to see you there. Jennings’ email, and a photo of him in Kabul, are below.

Keep up the good work, John. Looks like a great summit and would love to make it but I’m activated again with Colorado Guard and won’t be back from Afghanistan in time. I’ve spent this tour at US Headquarters and worked quite a bit with our NATO partners. It’s already the 4th of July here [he wrote late on July 3, Denver time] and I started it off by flying an American flag of mine over the compound. What a way to start the Holiday. Catch you at a future summit. Hal Jennings / Parker