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Why the fine 'Journal of Military History' is the opposite of 'International Security': The tons of interesting facts I learned

Remember how I got all cranky when the mailboat brought International Security to my dock and I was disappointed with how boring and irrelevant it was?

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Firing of the week: V.P. Biden's son booted from Navy for apparent cocaine use

Apparently cocaine use is incompatible with being a naval officer. The guy is 44 years old. John Schindler comments, "There is something impressively awesome about getting booted from the Navy Reserve on your first drill weekend."

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CO of USS Vandegrift gets the old heave-ho after grabbing butt of sailor’s wife

No joke.

It has been 2 years since the last time a skipper of the Vandegrift, a frigate, was fired, the Navy Times notes drily. Maybe it can form a squadron with the Cowpens.

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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: Portrait of a Confederate Soldier and His Dog

By Rebecca Frankel Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent

The Library of Congress has an expansive and truly mesmerizing collection of online archives -- most captivating, I find, are the photographs. I came across this photo titled: "Unidentified soldier in Confederate uniform with shotgun sitting next to dog."

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My favorite Civil War historian describes his favorite books of American history

In this Sunday’s New York Times Book Review, James McPherson, author of my favorite book on the Civil War, describes his favorite history books. Together, this makes a great reading list for anyone interested in American history. That said, I am surprised he doesn’t like Gibbon. Maybe it is like Wuthering Heights—you just have to read it at a certain age.  

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