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Don't blame my Army for the lack of black officers in combat commands

By Petronius Arbiter

Best Defense guest columnist

It is a well-known fact that the Army has struggled for decades trying to get more black officers to reach the highest ranks of the Army and especially the combat arms. This should be a surprise to no one.

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Why won't we honor 74 dead sailors?

By Louise Esola

Best Defense guest columnist

A few months ago this blog asked: why not add the names of the 74 young men killed on the USS Frank E. Evans on June 3, 1969 to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial? The reasons for the omission of those names are fast disappearing as new information shows this oversight is long overdue for change, a reversal that will finally provide closure to the families and survivors of the only ship that sank in the Vietnam War, literally and figuratively. And change may be in store as early as this fall.

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Donnelly: Sean Kay is wrong because, like so many realists, he overvalues realism

By Thomas Donnelly

Best Defense guest respondent

Sean Kay may be correct that I have misdiagnosed what ails the Obama Administration's foreign policy, though I would note that the level of elite anxiety about the Levant, Ukraine and maritime East Asia seems only to be rising: Marc Ambinder is no neocon, but he declares the world to be "en fuego" and that, while "Obama seems to be flailing in front of everyone," it's also true that "there is no GOP alternative."  If that's not a measure of Establishment melt-down, I don't know what is.

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Sherman (XI): The Confederates I worry about most after the war will be the young men with guns and horses -- but no land

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on April 25, 2014.

Let's finish off this week's celebration of the defeat of the Confederacy with a look at a lengthy letter written in September 1863, in which Gen. William T. Sherman laid out his concerns about postwar reconstruction.

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