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Americans are more politically divided now than at any time in living memory.

It seems that the old adage about opinions and assholes has finally been proven without a doubt. And perhaps the most prominent people with both are America's retired general and flag officers.

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Army Brig. Gen. Patrick Donahoe isn't like other generals. At least not in the way you'd think.

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U.S. Army

Members of the same family serving together isn't exactly a new concept — for many Americans, the U.S. military is a family business.

But not every family has two generals — and even rarer are those generals sisters.

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The top general in charge of the National Guard screwed up his uniform in front of millions of Americans, but at least he has a good sense of humor about it.

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I knew that Socrates had been a soldier, and had a distinguished record in combat in the Peloponnesian War. But I didn’t realize that in the works of Xenophon he actually does some military analysis, particularly in describing the attributes of a good general.

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U.S. Army/Spc. Dustin D. Biven

Gen. Frederick Kroesen commanded a rifle company in World War II, a battalion in Korea, and a brigade and a division in Vietnam. When he talks, I listen.

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