Rag-Tag Group of Misfits to Win War, Learn Important Lesson


Gen. David H. Petraeus, the new U.S. commander in Iraq, is assembling a small band of warrior-intellectuals -- including a quirky Australian anthropologist, a Princeton economist who is the son of a former U.S. attorney general and a military expert on the Vietnam War sharply critical of its top commanders -- in an eleventh-hour effort to reverse the downward trend in the Iraq war.

Apparently, the beautiful lady scientist, the troubled explosives expert, and the hot-headed ex-cop who's unorthodox but gets results, dammit, were unavailable for interview.

One of the guys now advising General Hannibal got the job by winning an essay contest. He came in first in the "counterinsurgency writing" competition, and we only wish we were funny enough to make that up.

Officers With PhDs Advising War Effort [WP]


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