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January 20, 2005

Interesting day in military history...

Sometimes I hate the guys at Strategy Page. Here I am, working on a largish post, and they cover the topic for me. With a brevity I'll never indulge in. The subject? Something about the same people who bitch about $5000 hammers also bitch about the fact that we don't design everything to meet every contingency, imaginable and unimaginable. You know, Congressmen. And people like them.

There's also a little bit in there about how winning wars like the one we are in now is both a long, and frequently bloody, process. It's just a long, hard, slog.

Today in Military History... well, not exclusively military.

Event

1265 Parliament meets for the first time
1778 First American court martial begins, Cambridge, Mass
1914 USN opens a school for aviators at Pensacola, Fla. (there went the property values)
1942 Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee Conference on "Final Solution"
1955 USS Nautilus launched at Groton, Conn.
1981 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed. Oh, and Ronald Reagan took the oath of office, too.