One of the fun things about overseeing this blog is the comments that come in. I had to read this one a coupla times: "I had two dozen BARs for my Nung tribal irregulars in Laos. They were hugely more useful than our other basic weapon, the 30 cal M1-A3 carbine (which barely pretended to be an automatic weapon)."
The amount of knowledge collectively possessed by all of you amazes me.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.