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The new face of war: A female general commands the U.S. air campaign

This is the general overseeing the American part of the air campaign in Libya. Air Force Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, commander of the 17th Air Force, based in Germany, seems to be an expert in refueling and mobility, which is probably why she was picked for Africa Command, whose planners likely expected the command mainly to be doing humanitarian relief missions. Instead she is overseeing airstrikes by B-2 bombers, F-15E fighter/bombers, and F-16 CJ jammers.

To my knowledge, this is the first time a woman has ever overseen an air campaign.

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Dueling Libya quotes of the day

Here are two quotes of the day, both from Andrew Roberts'  Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945 (about FDR, Churchill, Marshall and Brooke), which I was reading on my flight across the country on Friday while some of you hijacked the blog.

For those opposing intervention: "This Libyan ' fiasco'  is the immediate problem. Winston is very depressed. He had built so many hopes on this offensive."-British war planner Sir John Kennedy, 1941

For those favoring intervention: "I thought of giving up cigars till we were back in Benghazi."-Winston Churchill, October 1942

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