A Blog first? Well, probably not. But certainly a TPM first. Iâm coming to you from some number of tens of thousands of feet over the Atlantic Ocean. And for those who know me well that is, well â¦ something of a change of pace (a long story which weâll return to at some later point). In any case, to the matters at hand. Even bloggers need vacations. And if they canât figure that out for themselves --- which in my case seems to be the case --- their girlfriends eventually prevail on them to see the light of reason and do the right thing.
In any case, that brings me to my point. Iâm going to be taking a breather from TPM for a few days. Iâll be away tucked away on some island somewhere far, far away. If something truly earth-shattering happens I may pop my head up. But I'm going to try mightily to resist (and you'll be in good hands while I'm away.)
A few points before signing off, though. You may have noticed a slight down-tick in the frequency of posts of late. And thatâs for a few different reasons. But a principal one is that I and several colleagues have been working on a story that, if and when it comes to fruition --- and Iâm confident it shall --- should shuffle the tectonic plates under that capital city where I normally hang my hat. So thatâs something to look forward to in the not too distant future. And thatâs taken some of my time away from TPM and prevented me from sharing with you some delectable tidbits which otherwise I would have loved to have done.
Second, TPM wonât be going dark during my brief absence. Iraq --- and the broad panoply of national security, war, and intelligence issues for which it has become the focal point --- remains the key issue in our public lives today. So Iâm handing the TPM keyboard over to someone who has absolutely dynamite sources on all these issues and will be able to keep you up-to-date for the next several days and point you toward the key issues which perhaps wonât be getting the treatment they should in the Times, the Post and the rest of the bigs.
Iâm going to let him introduce himself, probably a little later today. But he will definitely be able to give you the inside word.
Before you know it, Iâll be back, with batteries recharged, back to the normal feverish rate of posts, ready to slay dragons, break news, lacerate the puffed-up, poke fun at myself and others, post links, embarrass myself with typos and whatever other mumbojumbo I usually do in these virtual pages.