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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

‘Semper fi, moon’

Doonesbury’s Sandbox has this lovely goodnight prayer of a five-year-old: God bless all our friends and daycare, and all our teachers at daycare … God bless soldiers and sailors, polar bears and penguins … God bless astronauts and Space Shuttles. God bless marines and ballerinas. Amen. And I love their headline, which I have reproduced ...

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Doonesbury's Sandbox has this lovely goodnight prayer of a five-year-old:

God bless all our friends and daycare,
and all our teachers at daycare ...

God bless soldiers and sailors,
polar bears and penguins ...

Doonesbury’s Sandbox has this lovely goodnight prayer of a five-year-old:

God bless all our friends and daycare,
and all our teachers at daycare …

God bless soldiers and sailors,
polar bears and penguins …

God bless astronauts and Space Shuttles.

God bless marines and ballerinas.

Amen.

And I love their headline, which I have reproduced above as the head on this item.

On a day when the news from the Gulf of Mexico, Mexico itself, Greece, Iran, Korea and Thailand just seems low-grade bummy, this cheered me up. Afghanistan in particular — yesterday’s bombing that killed five American soldiers occurred in the neighborhood where I used to cut school and take a bus to a teahouse. As I recall the bus was 3 cents, the tea was 7 cents (with sugar) and the cigarettes were 1.5 cents apiece.

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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