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Do Iraq and Syria no longer really exist, and should that be the basis of revising U.S. policy? A roundup (2): You betcha

Derek Harvey is a retired Army intelligence officer who is the Director of the Global Initiative on Civil Society and Conflict at the University of South Florida. He served several years in Iraq:

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We could have left Iraq better than we did, especially in handling of Sunni contacts

By Maj. Andrew Lembke, U.S. Army

Best Defense guest columnist

There were a number of things that we didn't quite do right while we were still in Iraq that have exacerbated the current threat.

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Do Iraq and Syria no longer really exist? And if so, should that be the basis of revising U.S. policy? A roundup (1): Yes

Yes, on Syria; not clear on Iraq

Joel Rayburn, author of Iraq after America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance:

"Syria no longer exists, certainly not in the way that we have known it, and I think the Syrian state can never be reconstituted within its old borders. In other words, some new political arrangement is going to emerge in Syria, and in my opinion it is highly unlikely to be a unitary state.

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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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