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Quote of the day: The significance of Cantigny for the U.S. military and nation

From a book review by Mark Grotelueschen in the October issue of The Journal of Military History:

Although the infantry assault was conducted by just one reinforced regiment, the attack was supported by the rest of the 1st Division (itself nearly half the size of Lee's entire army at Antietam), thirty French aircraft, a squadron of French heavy tanks, a section of French flamethrower troops, a wide variety of communications technologies, and over 250 pieces of French and American artillery (about a hundred more than Lee used to support Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg), Cantigny truly was the U.S. Army's baptism into modern battle."

I'd never thought of it that way, partly because it is hard to judge by reading first-person accounts, which is mainly what I read when, as research for my book The Generals, I was looking at George Marshall's experience in World War I.

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Arkin: Hey dumbasses, it's not Vermont you have to worry about, it's the country

Bill Arkin, a man of his convictions, has the heart & soul to take his fellow Vermonters to task about where to base F-35s:

The roar of F-16s or F-35s might rupture the peaceful image of Vermonters, nice people who think that they can create some sanctuary and drop out of the national tragedy. They should spend their energy instead going to war against a national security system that can no longer police itself, and one that no one in Washington has any intent of changing.

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