Interesting column by Robert Kaplan in the LA Times on Dec. 24. The first paragraph is:
IF YOU WANT to meet the future political leaders of the United States, go to Iraq. I am not referring to the generals, or even the colonels. I mean the junior officers and enlistees in their 20s and 30s. In the decades ahead, they will represent something uncommon in U.S. military history: war veterans with practical experience in democratic governance, learned under the most challenging of conditions.
I guess I can hope that they learn to appreciate proportional representation!