Above, U.S Coast Guard personnel carry wet pups stranded by floodwaters to safety during Hurrican Florence.
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Tom Ricks has covered the U.S. military for several decades and is the author of six books, most recently Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom. He has won some prizes. Follow Tom Ricks on Twitter @tomricks1