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Keith Marine’s Afghan Review (XVII and last): Pulling the plug prematurely

I am sorry to report that CWO2/Gunner Keith Marine has decided that he no longer wants me to excerpt his terrific review on lessons to be learned in Afghanistan. I was ambivalent about complying with his request, but I decided that it would be wrong to use the document against his wishes. He is a ...

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MANPREET ROMANA/AFP/Getty Images
MANPREET ROMANA/AFP/Getty Images

I am sorry to report that CWO2/Gunner Keith Marine has decided that he no longer wants me to excerpt his terrific review on lessons to be learned in Afghanistan. I was ambivalent about complying with his request, but I decided that it would be wrong to use the document against his wishes. He is a terrific writer, a clear thinker, and a honest man, and to continue to run excerpts would punish him for those virtues. So, with great reluctance, I am terminating the series now, only one-third of the way through. It is a shame because he was just getting to his particular field of expertise, the performance of weapons in the field.

I am sorry to report that CWO2/Gunner Keith Marine has decided that he no longer wants me to excerpt his terrific review on lessons to be learned in Afghanistan. I was ambivalent about complying with his request, but I decided that it would be wrong to use the document against his wishes. He is a terrific writer, a clear thinker, and a honest man, and to continue to run excerpts would punish him for those virtues. So, with great reluctance, I am terminating the series now, only one-third of the way through. It is a shame because he was just getting to his particular field of expertise, the performance of weapons in the field.

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. Twitter: @tomricks1

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