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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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Quote of the day: The enduring meaning of Kobani for Syrian and Turkish Kurds

From Lehigh's Henri Barkey: "Fall or survive, Kobani has assumed an importance few could have anticipated, becoming the rallying cry for Syrian and Turkish Kurds as much as Halabja was for their Iraqi brethren."

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Why the fine 'Journal of Military History' is the opposite of 'International Security': The tons of interesting facts I learned

Remember how I got all cranky when the mailboat brought International Security to my dock and I was disappointed with how boring and irrelevant it was?

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Firing of the week: V.P. Biden's son booted from Navy for apparent cocaine use

Apparently cocaine use is incompatible with being a naval officer. The guy is 44 years old. John Schindler comments, "There is something impressively awesome about getting booted from the Navy Reserve on your first drill weekend."

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