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Quote of the day: Patton on the dawn

George Patton was a major dude. In his diary entry for March 25, 1943, not long after he succeeded the fired Lloyd Fredendall as the tactical commander of U.S. forces attacking the Germans in Tunisia, he wrote that, "In the morning, as is usual, things looked less gloomy." I think this is one of the ...

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George Patton was a major dude. In his diary entry for March 25, 1943, not long after he succeeded the fired Lloyd Fredendall as the tactical commander of U.S. forces attacking the Germans in Tunisia, he wrote that, "In the morning, as is usual, things looked less gloomy." I think this is one of the rules everybody learns in life. Any major dude will tell you this about the demons at your door.

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. @tomricks1

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