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Your most excellent proposed names for that joint U.S.-Iranian military exercise

The winner of our snap contest is Marine Capt. Adam Thomas. His two entries:  PERSIAN EXCURSION  OBAMA AND HASSAN’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE Rex Brynen, a political science professor at McGill, took 2nd place with these two: SECTARIAN SNAFU ABLE AYATOLLAH Jason Albrecht took third place with: IRONY EAGLE 3 And here are some honorable mentions:  PERSIAN ...

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The winner of our snap contest is Marine Capt. Adam Thomas. His two entries: 

PERSIAN EXCURSION 

OBAMA AND HASSAN'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

The winner of our snap contest is Marine Capt. Adam Thomas. His two entries: 

PERSIAN EXCURSION 

OBAMA AND HASSAN’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

Rex Brynen, a political science professor at McGill, took 2nd place with these two:

SECTARIAN SNAFU

ABLE AYATOLLAH

Jason Albrecht took third place with:

IRONY EAGLE 3

And here are some honorable mentions: 

PERSIAN BIZARRE

PERSIAN SUBVERSION 

SHOCK AND HUH?

OPERATION QOM-BAYAH 

OPERATION MOBY DICK

ISIS CRISIS 

HELLO MARTYR, HELLO FATAH

INFINITE JEST

AYATOLLAH SO

And of course, from Doctrine Man, "OPERATION SHI’ITE STORM."

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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