At the dawn of the new year, I'm realizing a never did a rundown of the top five posts from the blog in 2021. It was really guest writers who kept the thing afloat, as we can see with the 5th most read piece from 2021: Howard Zhou on China
Coming in at number four, I look at Baron Harkonnen's exceptional tactical victory on Arrakis, and his subsequent strategic failure, in #Dune
Number 3 is a piece showcasing the, uh, "angry" part of my moniker.

This still plea is still in effect in 2022, btw.
Howard Zhou comes in again for the second most read piece of 2021, with an introspective look at a career in the Army.
Finally, the most popular piece written in 2021 was an examination of how American memory changed regarding the Civil War, in its aftermath, as seen by US Army veterans of that war.
I owe a massive "thank you" to all my guest writers this past year, who spanned multiple branches and even nations, making this a combined joint blog, I guess!

Huge thanks to Sara Ingrao, Ilhan Akcay, Adam Wendoloski, Howard Zhou, @dixondaver, Kenneth Bellows, Gregory Trahan...
Thanks to Garri Hendall, John Q Bolton, and returning superstar and running champ @AuthorKRPaul!

Without these folks, ye olde blog would've had a pretty rough year given my op tempo.

Lastly, thank you, the readers, who are crazy enough to keep coming back. I am grateful.

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