Monthly Archive: February 2012

George W. Bush and the other side of the story

If ever a guy came in for a pasting from the media, it was this guy. Remember him? You probably do. You’re probably unlikely to forget him, but it may be for all the wrong reasons.

I have to say this: all through the George W. Bush presidency I came in for flak from just about everyone I knew for daring to state that I didn’t think we could possibly have a clear picture of the inner workings of his Administration. While all around me people called him names and questioned everything from his intelligence to his integrity, I always figured the truth might turn out to be quite different.

Why?

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A fleet in being: the secret to perpetual awesomeness

Firstly, let me apologise for the length of time between posts here. I realise this blog has lost a little momentum lately, but I assure you I haven’t gone anywhere and have not lost the passion for it one little bit. There are other projects underway that require some of my time, and I’m allocating it a little differently for now. I promise that normal service will resume shortly.

In the mean time, I want to share some thoughts about a concept that came to my attention recently. Does the term ‘fleet in being’ mean anything to you? Wikipedia addresses it thus: In naval warfare, a fleet in being is a naval force that extends a controlling influence without ever leaving port. Were the fleet to leave port and face the enemy, it might lose in battle and no longer influence the enemy’s actions, but while it remains safely in port the enemy is forced to continually deploy forces to guard against it.

An interesting concept, but one that resonates with me hard as I navigate a new path for myself and consider the place this blog is to hold in the world. (more…)