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Do Iraq and Syria no longer really exist? And if so, should that be the basis of revising U.S. policy? A roundup (1): Yes

Yes, on Syria; not clear on Iraq

Joel Rayburn, author of Iraq after America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance:

"Syria no longer exists, certainly not in the way that we have known it, and I think the Syrian state can never be reconstituted within its old borders. In other words, some new political arrangement is going to emerge in Syria, and in my opinion it is highly unlikely to be a unitary state.

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Farragut and Du Pont: One Civil War admiral succeeded by taking risks, while the other failed by being afraid to do so

I promised the other day to do a separate item on the article in the Oct. 2014 issue of Journal of Military History about how Admiral David Farragut succeeded by taking risks, while Admiral Samuel Du Pont failed by avoiding risks.

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Quote of the day: The enduring meaning of Kobani for Syrian and Turkish Kurds

From Lehigh's Henri Barkey: "Fall or survive, Kobani has assumed an importance few could have anticipated, becoming the rallying cry for Syrian and Turkish Kurds as much as Halabja was for their Iraqi brethren."

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CO of USS Vandegrift gets the old heave-ho after grabbing butt of sailor’s wife

No joke.

It has been 2 years since the last time a skipper of the Vandegrift, a frigate, was fired, the Navy Times notes drily. Maybe it can form a squadron with the Cowpens.

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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: Portrait of a Confederate Soldier and His Dog

By Rebecca Frankel Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent

The Library of Congress has an expansive and truly mesmerizing collection of online archives -- most captivating, I find, are the photographs. I came across this photo titled: "Unidentified soldier in Confederate uniform with shotgun sitting next to dog."

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