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Break your kid's leg before he deploys?

This hit me: Not once, but twice recently, I have been seen someone in the military say that if he had a child about to deploy to Afghanistan, he would push him down the stairs or do something else to make him undeployable. Something is going on here, but I don't know exactly what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones?

It makes me think that the new anti-war movement is inside the military.

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Jaffe's sober assessment of Petraeus

This is worth reading. "Petraeus's experience over the past decade shows that generals are not immune to the strain. They get used up, too," writes Greg Jaffe. I have heard Petraeus' tour in Afghanistan referred to as his "fat Elvis" period, an unkind way of saying that he was tired and not on his A-game there.

I suspect that in Iraq, Petraeus tried to work with local factors as points of leverage, while in Afghanistan, his campaign against corruption worked against local factors. But I don't know the Afghan war well enough to assemble the evidence for that hunch. Can anyone enlighten me on this?

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