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VDH from Iraq - Part II

Why am I not surprised that some of the best reporting from Iraq is suddenly appearing from Victor Davis Hanson on his Pajamas blog? Part II is up with the following excerpt:

John Kerry once quipped, “You know, education – if you make the most of it – you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

But perhaps we should amend that to something like ‘if you get educated, you serve in Iraq.’

I say that because in the small circle I met or corresponded with the last week in Iraq the number of MAs and PhDs there is astonishing. Colonels Rapp, Gibson and McMaster have PhDs, as does Gen. Petraeus, scores of others I talked with as well. I don’t mean to suggest that PhDs are smarter (some of the stupidest people I’ve ever met have them), only that the military puts a high emphasis on continuing education and original research, especially valuable in a complex, if not bewildering situation like contemporary Iraq.

As a humble MFA in Playwriting (I know – pointless), I’m impressed – with the military and VDH.

Meanwhile, sorry not to be writing more on here myself. I never intended this to be a linking blog. I wouldn’t be particularly good at that anyway. But I have been working away – on another lengthy essay for Pajamas which I am calling “Why They Hate the Neocons.” It will appear Tuesday