CHESTER HAS MOVED!: A good point . . .

Sunday, November 07, 2004

A good point . . .

A concerned reader emails the following: "I am worried your articles would be helpful to the enemy. I know your intentions are good and it must be tempting to show off your knowledge. But maybe the best thing for the country is not to give away the tactics and strategy that flows from what you were taught and your experience. I hope this is received well, my intentions are good." This is an excellent point and I take no offense. I have often thought of these issues and will use my best judgment in offering tactical analysis. Quite honestly, I think that the chess pieces are already in place and there is little of value the enemy would be able to glean from my site. The time to move forces and shape the battlefield is past. The die is cast. Also, tempo is not on my side. By the time I offer comments on news reports, the next stage of the assault is already being prosecuted. I certainly don't want to "show off" for its own sake, I just want to help people interpret what is happening. Most of the media looks for the headline-making explosions and offers little in the way of trying to discern patterns. My template for this is Strategic Forecasting, Inc. which offers in-depth analysis of global affairs based on open-source news and tips. I appreciate and welcome any comments about these issues (troop safety vs. speech). I am going to have to withhold my post on insurgent strategy. It's not ready for the light of day yet. I am also signing off for the evening. My next post will be between 6:30 and 7:30 am central time. I will continue live-blogging tomorrow, but it will be interrupted by periods of employment. Good night!


Blogger Linda said...

I can't tell you how much your posting has meant to me. I am frustrated and irritated by MSM coverages of "big booms" and causulity listings. It is extra ordinarily comforitng to hear what all of that noise means for our guys and our country. Please KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!! In the emotion of the moment, and great sorrow of loss we need to see the overall picture.

November 7, 2004 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger KeithJamesMc said...

Morning News from the UK:

A) Sky News24 – neutral to positive. Embedded reporter.
1. Hospital was taken because of intelligence that it was to be used for Insurgent casualties and also implying to be used for misinformation about civilian casualties. Insurgents using a Cemetery East of the Euphrates to place dead.
2. Sky News report heavy fighting for the last 5-6 hours around the two bridges and hospital.
3. Marines using Amphibious vehicles to cross Euphrates to establish “beachhead” to progress North East into Jola where most of the foreign are believed to be based.
4. Report on many tunnels being built by insurgents over last year for exit.
5. US using Apache Helicopters to “west” of positions to clear up insurgents firing from behind US positions.

B) BBC News24 – incredibly negative, unfortunately I wouldn’t expect anything different. Not currently using embedded reporters – relying on “experts” within studio.

1. Report that Insurgents may decide not to fight – surrounding area very porous.
2. Report that Iraqi forces are nothing more than token and previously have not shown determination to fight and have changed sides in previous fights.


November 8, 2004 at 2:46 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Your posts are terrific, much better than anything in the newspapers. Keep it up but don't self sensor too much, I'm betting that the bad guys are a bit too busy now to take time out to read blogs on the internet, if they get any access at all. Wouldn't the Marine's first order of business be to cut all the bad guys' communications to the outside world?

The image you posted of Fallujah is very interesting. It doesn't look like an old city at all. It's more like a modern suburb with streets laid out in neat rectangular grids. From what I've read the place really has no history, it's a modern post WWII construct. This should cut out a lot of screaming about destroying history.

November 8, 2004 at 5:22 AM  

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