YOUNG TROOPS: Echoing comments I made a couple days ago, this WaPo piece by Jonathan Finer describes the feelings of young soldiers perfectly: War? Nothing to It for Young Troops, at Least on the First Few Days. This line especially evokes some memories of 1991:

Jobe said he reminded his forces that their job will get harder the longer it goes on, and that it could culminate in a difficult siege of Baghdad, the Iraqi capital. But that hasn’t stopped many of his charges from referring to their procession north as the “Baghdad 500.”

Gotta love youth.

James Joyner
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