Best Defense

My favorite phrase in U.S. military history

“Grant attacked.”

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“Grant attacked.”

That kind of says it all. In two words, you get the basic story of how the Civil War was won.

I also like his response to a general who came to him to argue that he had been mishandled: “You talk too much.”

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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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