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N. Schadlow on the space between war and peace; Con Crane’s list of lessons we haven’t learned over the last 13 years

The space between isn’t just a draggy song by that Dave Matthews Band, it’s where a lot of conflict happens, Nadia Schadlow reminds us. I think she is right. I also think that she is arguing that the natural state of mankind is conflict, and that it requires a constant effort to keep the peace. ...

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The space between isn't just a draggy song by that Dave Matthews Band, it's where a lot of conflict happens, Nadia Schadlow reminds us.

I think she is right. I also think that she is arguing that the natural state of mankind is conflict, and that it requires a constant effort to keep the peace. I suspect this is not how most Americans want to look at it.

And here is Con Crane's collection of the hard military lessons of the last 13 years. Unfortunately, I think every one of them is correct. I agree with him even more than I agree with myself. 

The space between isn’t just a draggy song by that Dave Matthews Band, it’s where a lot of conflict happens, Nadia Schadlow reminds us.

I think she is right. I also think that she is arguing that the natural state of mankind is conflict, and that it requires a constant effort to keep the peace. I suspect this is not how most Americans want to look at it.

And here is Con Crane’s collection of the hard military lessons of the last 13 years. Unfortunately, I think every one of them is correct. I agree with him even more than I agree with myself. 

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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