I finished Mike Williamson's The Weapon today. Wow. An incredible book, not for the faint of heart, but filled with thoughtful looks at the mind of the soldier, political theory, and the destruction of war- and the power of love.
Some other things have been pretty stupid here, and I doubt that U.S. influence will recover for months, if ever. I was reminded today of a thought I had years ago: the US military doesn't win because we're the best, we win because the other militaries are even worse!