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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

An officer with a world of troubles

Army Lt. Col. Robert Underwood was charged with hiring a hit man to kill his wife and his superior officer at Fort Lewis, Washington. His girlfriend found possible child porn-type stuff on his laptop. He has done three combat tours. And when he was 9 years old his mother shot him five times and left ...

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Army Lt. Col. Robert Underwood was charged with hiring a hit man to kill his wife and his superior officer at Fort Lewis, Washington. His girlfriend found possible child porn-type stuff on his laptop. He has done three combat tours. And when he was 9 years old his mother shot him five times and left him for dead.

The rest of you, count your blessings.

Army Lt. Col. Robert Underwood was charged with hiring a hit man to kill his wife and his superior officer at Fort Lewis, Washington. His girlfriend found possible child porn-type stuff on his laptop. He has done three combat tours. And when he was 9 years old his mother shot him five times and left him for dead.

The rest of you, count your blessings.

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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