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‘21st Century Sims’: How a relatively junior officer forced needed change in the Navy

When French novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr uttered the immortal words, "the more things change, the more they remain the same," he probably didn't have the military in mind. However, the written works of Admiral William S. Sims, commander of United States naval forces in Europe during World War I, remind us that this dictum, in fact, often holds true in military affairs.

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Churchill on China

"That China is one of the world’s four Great Powers is an absolute farce. I have told the President I would be reasonably polite about this American obsession.”

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Beevor on writing about war

I was skeptical at first of his thoughts about writing about certain things causing insomnia, but then remembered that my wife once asked me not to read about My Lai after 4 p.m.

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Churchill’s dislike of athleticism in generals: Such officers don’t succeed

"A colonel or general ought not to exhaust himself in trying to compete with young boys running across country seven miles at a time."

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Quote of the day: Churchill on why generals and politics don’t mix

“It is always dangerous for soldiers, sailors, or airmen to play at politics. They enter a sphere in which the values are quite different from those to which they have hitherto been accustomed.”

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Churchill on armies and turf

Read this and ask yourself, which was the U.S. military in Iraq?

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Who whacked Darlan? (II): More evidence on Churchill’s role in it

More than ever, I am persuaded that it was British spec ops who did arranged the assassination of French Admiral Darlan, the former chief of its Navy who became a Vichy leader.

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