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The ‘Best Defense’ exchange of the day

This one, from "Abbott," tickled me — it is something that would be lost on 99 percent of the population, but probably welcomed by most of the readers of this blog, half of whom would agree, and half of whom would respond angrily to this unwarranted attack on Hooker: Which makes Tommy Franks the worst ...

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This one, from "Abbott," tickled me -- it is something that would be lost on 99 percent of the population, but probably welcomed by most of the readers of this blog, half of whom would agree, and half of whom would respond angrily to this unwarranted attack on Hooker:

Which makes Tommy Franks the worst US Corps-level Commander since Joe Hooker at Chancellorsville.

"Jpwrel" responds:

This one, from "Abbott," tickled me — it is something that would be lost on 99 percent of the population, but probably welcomed by most of the readers of this blog, half of whom would agree, and half of whom would respond angrily to this unwarranted attack on Hooker:

Which makes Tommy Franks the worst US Corps-level Commander since Joe Hooker at Chancellorsville.

"Jpwrel" responds:

If you are looking for the real thing a true incompetent U.S. Corps commander then you have to look no further than Gen. Ned Almond of the 10th Corps during the Korean War.

This has got everything — obscure echelons of command, the Civil War, a forgotten general, a forgotten war, and Tommy R. Franks, the only American general to screw up two wars bigtime.

Costello, you want to pipe up?

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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