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In addition to a moratorium on the use of appeasement, Munich, loss of American credibility and so many other buzzwords and catchphrases these days, I think we should add references to Sparta as well. After reading some Plutarch on Sparta this evening (and the impact on our Founding Fathers) I think we should cease in our romanticized notions of the Spartan warrior.
I think the notion that Jim Gant “won” is certainly misplaced. Yes there are and have been failures in leadership at every level but unlike the conclusion to this review they have to include Jim Gant as well.
American Spartan is one of the most remarkable books yet to emerge from the last decade of war. It can be read as a virtual catalogue of what military men sometimes antiseptically refer to…
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