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Does time favor the defender?: An example from the Battle of Britain

When I was giving a talk at the University of Texas in Austin last winter, we got into an interesting discussion of time as a variable in the conduct of war. I think it needs to be studied more, especially at the strategic level. A good point of departure would be George Marshall's observation that Americans don't like wars that last longer than four years.

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Do Iraq and Syria no longer exist? (No. 3): Yes. The sooner we realize it, the better

This process has been underway for a while now

Henri Barkey, a professor of international relations at Lehigh University:

"The border between the two has ceased to exist; in fact it had ceased a long time ago. I had a piece back in 2012 arguing this.

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A farewell to Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee died. He was a great journalist. It was his spirit more than anything else. I never worked directly for him, but in his retirement he still hung out a lot at the Post, and he always was a motivator.

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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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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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