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You'll never guess which battle the British voted for as their greatest single ever

Was it Normandy? Blenheim? Waterloo? Goose Green? No to all.

Perhaps Naseby or Culloden? No again. El Alamein? Nope.

It was, indeed, Imphal and Kohima, the turning point in the fighting in South Asia during World War II. Now, I'm a Burma theater fan as much as the next guy. But this still surprised me. I wonder why they picked that. It wasn't just because President Obama's grandfather served there. Perhaps it was the ever-growing reputation of General Slim?

(HT to PL who had to read the original article upside down)

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A 'Foreign Affairs' headline that made me cringe: 'The Irony of American Strategy'

Richard Haass is a pretty smart guy, but he let someone talk him into this headline: ‘The Irony of American Strategy.'

Like, gag me with a spoon. Cute? Maybe. But I think that headline could only be written by someone who had not lost someone in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last 12 years.

Actually the article isn't bad, although it leans heavily on the weak thought that 10 years ago the United States got deeply involved in the Middle East when it didn't need to, but now when it wants to get out, it can't. That strikes me more as an op-ed (or blog post) than a full-blown Foreign Affairs thumbsucker. 

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