8 years ago
I have been blogging for more than half a year now, and the evolution has occurred from short, cantankerous posts to more sweeping analyses generally on one of several themes and usually dealing with issues associated with Iraq, counterinsurgency, weapons and tactics, policy and warfare. These broader, more sweeping analyses were modeled after the work that David Danelo, Michael Fumento, Josh Manchester and Westhawk have done. But I have found that I am constrained by several things that make this uncomfortable to me.
First, this style of writing is generally third person, emotionally disconnected, and reads more like term papers for college. It is also more difficult and time consuming to generate, and I usually cannot draft more than an analysis per two or three days (and sometimes not that frequently). I will continue to generate these analyses, but if I stick exclusively to this style, there is a vast swath of news and information that we are missing. I am missing the opportunity to provide commentary on it, and the readers are missing the opportunity to respond with comments.
Further, the exclusive focus on a single theme (or a few themes) for each article is constraining, and I want to be able to convey larger quantities of information and analyses than this style allows. So I am introducing the “Intelligence Bulletin.” Of course, it will convey only open source information, so no OPSEC will be compromised. However, recent events have convinced me once again that no matter how much time or energy a person has, no one can find and digest all of the available information.
By calling this the Intelligence Bulletin, the hope is not merely to rehearse old news, but rather, to find trends, patterns, and little-known but important stories. Since I cannot find and analyze everything, the readers are invited to use the comments forum to follow up on my analyses. Of course, as always, rude and insulting comments will be deleted. I am not sure how all of this will transpire in the future or how many of these I will write, but hopefully we can weave together some important ideas into a tapestry that makes the issues that interest us more understandable. If it doesn’t work out, there is nothing lost except a bit of effort. Finally, readers can send links and analysis themselves that I can use as a building block for future bulletins.