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Some guys just have appropriate names

From a Pentagon press release on Monday: "Col. David R. Stilwell, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, special assistant to the deputy under secretary of the Air Force for international affairs, Washington, D.C., to defense attaché, Beijing, China, U.S. Pacific Command, Defense Intelligence Agency, Beijing, China." Did you also know there ...

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From a Pentagon press release on Monday: "Col. David R. Stilwell, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, special assistant to the deputy under secretary of the Air Force for international affairs, Washington, D.C., to defense attaché, Beijing, China, U.S. Pacific Command, Defense Intelligence Agency, Beijing, China."

Did you also know there is a Navy admiral named Julius Caesar? I say we give him the Mediterranean fleet and instructions to concentrate off the Tripolis/Leptis Magna area. I'd forgotten that Septimius Severus, who among other things pushed the eastern boundary of the Roman Empire to the Tigris River, was born in what is now Libya.

From a Pentagon press release on Monday: "Col. David R. Stilwell, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, special assistant to the deputy under secretary of the Air Force for international affairs, Washington, D.C., to defense attaché, Beijing, China, U.S. Pacific Command, Defense Intelligence Agency, Beijing, China."

Did you also know there is a Navy admiral named Julius Caesar? I say we give him the Mediterranean fleet and instructions to concentrate off the Tripolis/Leptis Magna area. I’d forgotten that Septimius Severus, who among other things pushed the eastern boundary of the Roman Empire to the Tigris River, was born in what is now Libya.

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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