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Marine quote of the day: If you want to curtail hazing, make training tougher

Marine Lt. Ethan Brooks wrote in the August issue of Marine Corps Gazette that:

"The current practice of cracking down on hazing without increasing the challenge of training insults our Marines and will deservedly lose us our reputation as the toughest Service. When young men and women join the Marine Corps, they expect to be pushed to their breaking points. We owe this to them."

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Chinese oil embargo hurting NoKos, and Kim's mutual fund advisor skips town too

So some say that about the Chinese embargo, and it has gone one for many months. Yet North Korea still has vehicles moving around. Word on the petroleum street is that the Iranians are filling in.

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Why Tom is so damn wrong about the relevancy of political science

By Stephen Saideman

Best Defense guest respondent

Last night, my chain got pulled by Tom Ricks, who has written some fine books on the U.S. military including the well-named Fiasco about the Iraq war. He was frustrated with the content of International Security and then went on a tear about how irrelevant and "made up" political science is. Given my respect for his work and the importance of his blog within the policy community, I found this view profoundly frustrating. I promised to come up with a list of relevant poli-sci stuff, and here I shall do so. 

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