I've been reading and watching reports about the fall of Mosul and Tikrit to militants affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant --- and experiencing a flashback or two.
So the post this morning is a link to an earlier post, from June of 2006 --- in part because some aspects of Blogger are giving me fits today and it won't let me do exactly what I wanted to do.
I think I was wrong in 2006, by the way --- fearing that U.S. troops involved in the various Gulf wars would be vilified. Just marginalized and forgotten, I'd say now. Here's the link.