With the election decided and debates debated, it’s time for me to return home and focus on what drives me: Monitoring, analyzing and explaining the various threats we face, seen and unseen.
I’m not leaving Wizbang by any means, but rather returning my primary focus back home to “dance with who brung ya.” I still remain conflicted between what is most critical, “Supporting security by enhancing awareness” or preserving and/or restoring exactly what we are defending in the first place.
But regardless of the answer, the fact remains that there are a great many contributing to the latter discussion while there are precious few willing to focus, dedicate the countless hours required for the tomes of reading and to do the leg work necessary to meaningfully contribute to the former.
No matter what anyone ever tells you, politics is easy – so long as you understand and maintain your core principles and apply them to everything you see, read and say. It only gets complicated or difficult when you compromise or sacrifice these principles. Period. It’s why populists’ careers are like minefields expanding exponentially and commensurate with the lengths of their careers.
Luckily for me, neither politics nor national security-related arenas seem like work, regardless of the number of hours spent and sleep lost. Simply put, the need for contribution (not to be confused with importance) is greater in one than the other, so that’s where I migrate.
At home over at ThreatsWatch, there is necessarily little latitude for the purely political. I am grateful to Kevin for affording me such an outlet at Wizbang and grateful to the other contributors and readers for tolerating my sometimes-ranting intrusions. I expect to modify my activity toward something more akin to a longer weekly piece here focusing on defining various conservative principles and how they are applied (or absent) in policy and function.
Having already shifted gears, today provides a decent sample of the kinds of security-related things readers here (whom I affectionately refer to as Wizbangers) can expect to find daily at ThreatsWatch.
- DailyBriefing: November 7, 2008
- RapidRecon: Ahmadinejad To Obama: Get Out
- RapidRecon: Defending Defense: Practicality v. Popularity, Rationality v. Rhetoric
Less regularly, I will also contribute similarly at The Tank at NRO, such as this today which includes video of Obama’s campaign pledge to supporters to essentially gut critical components of the Defense Department:
Soon at ThreatsWatch, we will be upgrading the platform to afford for some community building which will eventually include registered user-based streams of data (via e-mail and other delivery) and potentially some form of registered user-generated content (such as discussion forums and/or hosted user blogs) as well as other new features. Decisions have not been finalized and wrinkles do need some ironing, but the point is to engage readers rather than sit static. It’s coming.
As always, suggestions and feedback are as welcomed as they are important.
At any rate, there’s never a dull day in the world and something significant is always happening. It’s time for me to get back to my primary task of looking for it and sharing what I see, and trying to put it into a daily context. But always remember, it’s critical that we continue to work towards preserving and/or restoring exactly what we are defending in the first place.