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How we think about our wars matters

A comment from Christopher Swift, national security thinker at U. Va., has me thinking: "If we don’t define the war we’re engaged in, then the war will invariably define us." Is this true? If so, we probably should be paying more than intermittent attention.

via Adam Rifkin via Flickr
via Adam Rifkin via Flickr

A comment from Christopher Swift, national security thinker at U. Va., has me thinking: "If we don’t define the war we’re engaged in, then the war will invariably define us."

Is this true? If so, we probably should be paying more than intermittent attention.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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