March 23, 2011

Static, One-Dimensional Analysis 1; Dynamic, Multi-Dimensional Analysis 0

I was re-reading the national security adviser's remarks to the media on 10 March 2011 in which he cautioned Jake Tapper and others against putting too much stock in the analysis provided by DNI Clapper and the intelligence community. Since the intelligence community is so rarely congratulated when they get something right, it's worth pointing out that had they been wrong, we would not be conducting combat operations in Libya right now. But their order-of-battle analysis, sadly, proved all too accurate. Readers, if you will, join me in a quiet golf clap for the men and women at Langley, Fort Meade and Bolling AFB.