The Best Defense

Using aircraft carriers as tethered goats?

Here's a novel argument: Using today's carriers as intentionally big fat targets. "Washington might try to use carriers for deterrence despite or even because of their vulnerability. The purpose would be to signal America's willingness to raise the stakes."

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The Best Defense

Memorable military names

I didn't know that there was a Royal Navy admiral named Reginald Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax. He fought at Dogger Bank. Looking that up the other day, I noticed something else I didn't know, which was that during the last ice age, when Dogger was dry land, the Thames and the Rhine had a common mouth, or at least what looks like one in this map.

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