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Dueling Libya quotes of the day

Here are two quotes of the day, both from Andrew Roberts’  Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945 (about FDR, Churchill, Marshall and Brooke), which I was reading on my flight across the country on Friday while some of you hijacked the blog. For those opposing intervention: "This Libyan ...

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Here are two quotes of the day, both from Andrew Roberts'  Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945 (about FDR, Churchill, Marshall and Brooke), which I was reading on my flight across the country on Friday while some of you hijacked the blog.

For those opposing intervention: "This Libyan ' fiasco'  is the immediate problem. Winston is very depressed. He had built so many hopes on this offensive."-British war planner Sir John Kennedy, 1941

For those favoring intervention: "I thought of giving up cigars till we were back in Benghazi."-Winston Churchill, October 1942

Here are two quotes of the day, both from Andrew Roberts’  Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945 (about FDR, Churchill, Marshall and Brooke), which I was reading on my flight across the country on Friday while some of you hijacked the blog.

For those opposing intervention: "This Libyan ‘ fiasco’  is the immediate problem. Winston is very depressed. He had built so many hopes on this offensive."-British war planner Sir John Kennedy, 1941

For those favoring intervention: "I thought of giving up cigars till we were back in Benghazi."-Winston Churchill, October 1942

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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