David Hackworth, R.I.P.


The one and only Hack, irrascible soldier's soldier, irrepressible blowhard, "Patton of Vietnam," and permanently off-the-reservation critic of aloof brass, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and a whole lot more, is dead at age 74. Fans of feistiness will miss him sorely. Hack's last column, and his official site (with speculation about Agent Orange/Agent Blue-related causes of his death).