Looking Outward from Events: OBL in Context
The first lesson in security is Situational Awareness. This requires that one look outward from events rather than inward. For example, when there is a bomb blast, while the first instinct may be to look towards the blast, those responsible for security must immediately look outward in observation of surroundings, establish a perimeter and be prepared for another attack in order to prevent it.
Michael Ledeen's latest is a perfect example of this in an article that will surely be widely read for his revelation that his trusted sources tell him the Osama bin Laden has died of kidney failure in Iran. But it should be noted that he mentions this in only glancing fashion as he instinctively looks outward from the event and makes the broader analysis of events in context.
In short, both demography and geopolitics make this an age of revolution, as President Bush seems to have understood. Rarely have there been so many opportunities for the advance of freedom, and rarely have the hard facts of life and death been so favorable to the spread of democratic revolution.
The architect of 9/11 and the creator of Palestinian terrorism are gone. The guiding lights of our terrorist enemies are sitting on cracking thrones, challenged by young men and women who look to us for support. Not just words, and, above all, not promises that the war against the terror masters will soon end with a premature abandonment of what was always a miserably limited battlefield. This should be our moment.
Michael Ledeen offers a brilliant lesson in Situational Awareness. Read it all.