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Churchill on armies and turf

Read this and ask yourself, which was the U.S. military in Iraq?

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Read this and ask yourself, which was the U.S. military in Iraq?

“When armies approach each other, it makes all the difference who owns only the ground on which it stands or sleeps and which one owns all the rest. I saw this in the Boer War, where we owned nothing beyond the fires of our camps and bivouacs, whereas the Boers rode where they pleased all over the country.” — Winston Churchill

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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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