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Today’s quote: Mattis on the natural tension between America and its military

From that same short Military History interview: “There’s always going to be a bit of a tension, a dynamic that has to be understood by those responsible for leading a progressive America that does not want to be militarized yet needs certain military attributes for protection.” Meanwhile, in something I don’t wish to quote, Donald ...

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From that same short Military History interview:

“There’s always going to be a bit of a tension, a dynamic that has to be understood by those responsible for leading a progressive America that does not want to be militarized yet needs certain military attributes for protection.”

Meanwhile, in something I don’t wish to quote, Donald Rumsfeld also says the American occupation of Iraq was based on a false premise. My stomach kind of heaved over when I read that.

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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.

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