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Nat Geo's 'American War Generals': A sad tale wrapped around a big contradiction

I watched a new National Geographic documentary, American War Generals, earlier this week. It is built on a series of interviews with eight top generals from our recent wars: Colin Powell, Barry McCaffrey, Wesley Clark, George Casey, Jack Keane, David Petraeus, Raymond Odierno and H.R. McMaster. 

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Washington's dealings with militias: Had to rely on them, but still didn't like them

There's a good, if rambling, essay on George Washington and irregular forces in the July issue of the Journal of Military History. The article, by John Hall of the University of Wisconsin, is also a good guide to the modern historiography of Washington.

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If Lil' Kim bites the dust...

There have been rumors that Kim Jong-un, who hasn't been seen for weeks, is ill. (But today a SoKo paper reported that he hurt his ankle.)

If he really is waning, that opens the possibility that the regime falls. And if that happens, China will really want the United States to help out, so northeast China isn't swamped by starving NoKo refugees.

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Back to Iraq?: An exchange between 2 Marines in Hawaii with different views

By Lt. Jacob O. Bridge, USMC

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This is a conversation that happened Thursday, Sept. 25. I don't normally have this kind of conversation with anyone at work because I know that I'll get nowhere. But this sergeant had been sitting in my office for over 15 minutes complaining about his life to his sergeant friend.

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Unhappy drone crews booed commander?

Here is some interesting stuff from "War is Boring":

"Drone crews became so unhappy that, in one chilling moment in late 2005 or early 2006, a group of Predator operators actually booed their commander.

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