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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

Congratulations to Sir Hew Strachan

The Oxford historian and strategist was knighted the other day. But of course you expected that after Foreign Policy listed him recently as one of the 100 most influential global thinkers. I just don’t understand why Sir Mix-a-Lot was honored first.

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The Oxford historian and strategist was knighted the other day. But of course you expected that after Foreign Policy listed him recently as one of the 100 most influential global thinkers.

I just don't understand why Sir Mix-a-Lot was honored first.

The Oxford historian and strategist was knighted the other day. But of course you expected that after Foreign Policy listed him recently as one of the 100 most influential global thinkers.

I just don’t understand why Sir Mix-a-Lot was honored first.

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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