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Obama's true foreign policy dilemma is not what Tom Donnelly thinks it is

By Sean Kay

Best Defense guest columnist

Tom Donnelly's recent guest piece on Best Defense is an important contribution to thinking about America's search for security and the ideas that drive it.

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10 reasons why you shouldn't vote for a vet

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on April 24, 2014.

By Jim Gourley Best Defense regular columnist

Maryland Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Douglas Gansler committed a campaign faux pas this week when he intoned that his opponent, Lieutenant Governor and Iraq war veteran Anthony Brown, was not as prepared to do a "real job." The situation is full of peculiarities. Fox News jumped all over the opportunity to support the military, and slam a Democrat at the same time, but they misconstrued Gansler's "real job" remark to mean the job of governor when he was really talking about healthcare reform.* Fox completely glossed over that aspect, because Gansler is a Democrat criticizing a Democrat for mismanagement of a healthcare rollout. Gansler also blew the matter of Brown's military service as a campaign issue out of proportion more than Fox. So it goes with curious cases of veterans in American political campaigns.

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Sherman (XI): The Confederates I worry about most after the war will be the young men with guns and horses -- but no land

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on April 25, 2014. 

Let's finish off this week's celebration of the defeat of the Confederacy with a look at a lengthy letter written in September 1863, in which Gen. William T. Sherman laid out his concerns about postwar reconstruction.

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Welcome to Spartanburg!: The dangers of this growing American military obsession

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on April 22, 2014.

By Jim Gourley Best Defense culture correspondent

There are 25 Spartan-branded obstacle course races in the United States. Microsoft's Halo game series, whose protagonist is the last member of an elite group of futuristic super-soldiers known as Spartans, is a multi-billion dollar franchise. Recently named one of the "hot 100" companies by Internet Retailer and profiled in the Army Times, Ranger Up apparel company made approximately $4 million last year on sales of over 300,000 t-shirts. Sixteen of their 150 designs feature images of Spartan warriors. They're so popular they've been grouped into their own sub-category on the company's website, which leads off with the sales pitch: "Let's face it. When it comes to the definition of the warrior ethos, it is hard to top the Spartans."

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The people who most closely identified with President Obama are the ones shaken most by his foreign policy failures

By Tom Donnelly

Best Defense guest columnist

It is remarkable, considering the transformational, ocean-healing promise once attributed to Barack Obama's rise, how America and the world seem to be coming apart at the seams. The Davos Men -- and our president is, more than anything else, a representative of the soi-disant "meritocratic" elite -- are flummoxed and getting panicky.

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