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With Hezbollah and U.S. airstrikes in Syria, are we on the verge of a big Mideast war? Is this the end of Ottoman history?

Both the United States and Hezbollah are reported to have conducted air strikes in Syria. And Israel shot down a Syrian jet.  

As my wife said over breakfast, "This is getting too bizarre. If it were a novel, the editor would say, 'you're going too far.'"

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Yet another relief on the USS Cowpens

Honestly, I am losing track of the reliefs on this ship. Latest was XO jettisoned after an "alcohol-related incident."

At some point you have to wonder about how the Navy is handling this ship and its crew.

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Now it can be told: The CIA-related history of a Washington canoeing club

Several CIA employees used to commute from Maryland to the CIA headquarters in Virginia by paddling across the Potomac. I used to do a lot of whitewater kayaking on the Potomac River, so I knew about this 20 years ago, but it was told to me off the record. Now the CIA has released an article about it.

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Donnelly: Sean Kay is wrong because, like so many realists, he overvalues realism

By Thomas Donnelly

Best Defense guest respondent

Sean Kay may be correct that I have misdiagnosed what ails the Obama Administration's foreign policy, though I would note that the level of elite anxiety about the Levant, Ukraine and maritime East Asia seems only to be rising: Marc Ambinder is no neocon, but he declares the world to be "en fuego" and that, while "Obama seems to be flailing in front of everyone," it's also true that "there is no GOP alternative."  If that's not a measure of Establishment melt-down, I don't know what is.

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