VDH: Observations about the war

Victor Davis Hanson has recently spent time in Iraq visiting forward operating bases in Anbar and Diyala provinces, as well as suburbs of Baghdad the last week. His first report is “Observations about the war.” Here is a passage commenting on our officers in the field:

The brilliance of U.S. army and marines officers has not been fully appreciated. I met scores with PhDs and MAs, from Majors to Colonels, who are literally all at once trying to defeat al Qaeda gangs and Shiite militias, rebuild government facilities, arbitrate tribal feuds, repair utilities and train Iraqi army and police….As a military historian I know that an army that can


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