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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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Better pick for Ebola czar: Petraeus

So says Bloomberg's Al Hunt. I think he's right. Here is some of his reasoning:

"Ebola is a political and psychological problem in the U.S., not a medical one.... Ebola is, however, an horrendous and deadly crisis in West Africa, with fears of 10,000 new cases cropping up weekly. It's a humanitarian tragedy and global threat. The need is for an urgent global response, and for the U.S. to take that lead."

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Do Iraq and Syria no longer really exist? And if so, should that be the basis of revising U.S. policy? A roundup (1): Yes

Yes, on Syria; not clear on Iraq

Joel Rayburn, author of Iraq after America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance:

"Syria no longer exists, certainly not in the way that we have known it, and I think the Syrian state can never be reconstituted within its old borders. In other words, some new political arrangement is going to emerge in Syria, and in my opinion it is highly unlikely to be a unitary state.

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Farragut and Du Pont: One Civil War admiral succeeded by taking risks, while the other failed by being afraid to do so

I promised the other day to do a separate item on the article in the Oct. 2014 issue of Journal of Military History about how Admiral David Farragut succeeded by taking risks, while Admiral Samuel Du Pont failed by avoiding risks.

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