A Little Vacation Reading
I've only skimmed forward through about half of 1776 beyond the first hundred pages that I've read, but it somehow feels eerily likely that the remnants of the U.S. military forces currently bogged down in Iraq will find themselves begging some third Arab or other regional Islamic country (Iran? Pakistan?) for guarantee of safe passage out of Iraq in much the same way that Lord Cornwallis descreetly begged the French for a guarantee of safe passage for the withdrawal of what remained of his Redcoat army from the Yorktown Peninsula.
I don't think McCullough even remotely envisioned or intended his work to serve as a libertarian historical allegory on just warfare or the morality and efficacy of Fourth Generation Warfare (4GW), but that may be what the astute reader will take away from it. At any rate, I just thought I'd let everyone know that even while I'm on vacation my tiny mind isn't completely idle (or any more so than normal in the eyes of my detractors). It's approaching 1:00 AM EDT (though only 10:00 PM PDT here), and since my body clock is still on East Coast time, I'm off to bed (prefaced be a little reading of Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a Christmas gift seven years ago to my mother, who swore for years that she's wanted to read it but hasn't done so yet). I'll keep everyone posted on the continuing adventures as they unfold.
Cheers, and pleasant dreams!