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Napoleon, writes Walter Russell Mead, “had the ambition and singleness of purpose to decide which people mattered to him, and then to give them what they wanted.”

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http://640px-Napoleon_à_Toulon_par_Edouard_Detaille Napoleon, writes Walter Russell Mead, “had the ambition and singleness of purpose to decide which people mattered to him, and then to give them what they wanted.”

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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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