- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For this month and the next, Best Defense mainly will be in re-runs. But because there are some things going on, especially in the Middle East, Tom will remain vigilant and will surface as needed.
Speaking of Iraq, there is an interesting pattern: Sadr and Chalibi rising. Lesson? The more you antagonized the Americans from 2004 to 2011, the better off you are now in Iraq. Speaking of discredited leaders, here’s a good story about former Prime Minister Blair.
And a big welcome home to the Maine National Guard unit that should be ending their long journey home from Afghanistan right about now.