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Does time favor the defender?: An example from the Battle of Britain

When I was giving a talk at the University of Texas in Austin last winter, we got into an interesting discussion of time as a variable in the conduct of war. I think it needs to be studied more, especially at the strategic level. A good point of departure would be George Marshall's observation that Americans don't like wars that last longer than four years.

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Do Iraq and Syria no longer exist? (No. 3): Yes. The sooner we realize it, the better

This process has been underway for a while now

Henri Barkey, a professor of international relations at Lehigh University:

"The border between the two has ceased to exist; in fact it had ceased a long time ago. I had a piece back in 2012 arguing this.

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A farewell to Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee died. He was a great journalist. It was his spirit more than anything else. I never worked directly for him, but in his retirement he still hung out a lot at the Post, and he always was a motivator.

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Do Iraq and Syria no longer really exist, and should that be the basis of revising U.S. policy? A roundup (2): You betcha

Derek Harvey is a retired Army intelligence officer who is the Director of the Global Initiative on Civil Society and Conflict at the University of South Florida. He served several years in Iraq:

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We could have left Iraq better than we did, especially in handling of Sunni contacts

By Maj. Andrew Lembke, U.S. Army

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There were a number of things that we didn't quite do right while we were still in Iraq that have exacerbated the current threat.

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