Via Sgt. Missick, A Line In The Sand, I came to this short, fascinating, and hawkish piece by a military writer about the continuing fighting in Iraq. The author, Richard Hart Sinnreich, endorses the outlook ascribed to Ulysses S. Grant by one of his biographers:

“He had no liking at all for the cruel weight which modern warfare puts on the civilian, but he could order the weight applied without the slightest hesitation when it seemed to him to be necessary.”

It touches on, but is also at an angle to, some themes that have been debated at great length at PooterGeek here and here and here.

[My calling Sinnreich’s article “fascinating” is not the same as my agreeing with it.]

Killer fact: after his second term as President of the United States, U. S. Grant travelled to Sunderland, where he opened the first free municipal library in England.