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Farewell to Abu Muqawama

Andrew Exum closes up shop on his blog with some fine final reflections. Check out especially his concluding rules for living and working in Washington. Ink Spots also seems to be gone. The military blog field seems to be shrinking, with few new additions, among which even Duffel Blog seems to be slowing down a ...

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Andrew Exum closes up shop on his blog with some fine final reflections. Check out especially his concluding rules for living and working in Washington.

Ink Spots also seems to be gone. The military blog field seems to be shrinking, with few new additions, among which even Duffel Blog seems to be slowing down a bit. Say it ain’t so, Joes. 

Finally, an aside to Doctrine Man: Your list reminds me of deck chairs on the Titanic. It would be like rejecting the formation of NATO because the U.S. Army already had plans to open a PX in Heidelberg. 

Andrew Exum closes up shop on his blog with some fine final reflections. Check out especially his concluding rules for living and working in Washington.

Ink Spots also seems to be gone. The military blog field seems to be shrinking, with few new additions, among which even Duffel Blog seems to be slowing down a bit. Say it ain’t so, Joes. 

Finally, an aside to Doctrine Man: Your list reminds me of deck chairs on the Titanic. It would be like rejecting the formation of NATO because the U.S. Army already had plans to open a PX in Heidelberg. 

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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