Sunday, July 10, 2005

The Belmont Club

The Belmont Club, or Wretchard rather, was cited in the Times of London in connection with "Downed US Seals may have got too close to Bin Laden". It's pretty strange since I've neither met Bin Laden nor ever been in Afghanistan, and makes me feel something of a fraud at being cited in connection with something I have no direct knowledge of. (Though the analysis is probably correct). It also reopens the question of whether Wretchard should continue to blog anonymously. Anonymous blogging has proved a good buffer against the petty vanities of authorship. The deal is you don't do radio interviews, signed articles etc. The upside is that you have no ego to protect. The ideas you articulate are separated from your own personality.

This model is only partially functional now. People who knew me in the past, as well as my colleagues at Pajamas Media, know perfectly well "who" I am, although I think that information is totally irrelevant. Since the model of anonymity is failing, I'll disclose the boring details. My name is Richard Fernandez, of Filipino birth and Australian citizenship. My interest in history probably began at Harvard, from which I graduated with a Masters in Public Policy. Wretchard is the name of an imaginary cat, the symbol of that entire race of stoic, yet somewhat foolish creatures. Belmont is the name of a suburb I roomed in while at Cambridge, Mass.

185 Comments:

Blogger moderationist said...

An awesome resume. An awesome blog. An awesome future awaits.

7/10/2005 03:48:00 AM  
Blogger Huan said...

well done.

your analysis has always been insightful.

7/10/2005 03:48:00 AM  
Blogger chthus said...

Interesting to know, though not, in my mind, entirely necessary. You know best what info to reveal, so I won't even try to second guess. I hope this brings you more good than harm.

You words have spoken for themselves over the years I've followed. The ratio of hit/miss is stunningly beyond most others that try to observe and understand, watch and foresee. I sincerely hope that your revelation only inspires you to do more, rather than lead you to doing less. Good work, and thank you.

7/10/2005 03:52:00 AM  
Blogger Anointiata Delenda Est said...

G'Day mate.

Your analysis is the most profound on the net. You are quoted on The Times for a reason.

It is ironic, but inevitable, that what started in Greece would eventually be taken up in The Phillipines/Australia.

Your blog and its many commentators have given me immense insight,and indeed pleasure.

Wretchard The Cat, thank you,

ADE

7/10/2005 04:59:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Even though some of us caught your name on some of those early rss feeds, and has now been announced to the World, Wretchard The Cat will always accompany your great work in our minds.

7/10/2005 05:11:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

From the Times Online:
. Al-Qaeda’s UK recruits A network of “extremist recruiters” is circulating on campuses , according to leaked Whitehall documents Read the document: part one
. part two part three part four

7/10/2005 05:12:00 AM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

Oh, shucks--no more Harvard jokes on THIS blog! Damn. :-)

7/10/2005 05:15:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Wretch,
If you (or any secret members of the Belmont Club, of course) are still looking for an ISP, be sure to check out Go Daddy.com, I've not found any better deals anywhere.
AND
Bob Parsons is a Great American (Marine Vet, wounded in Vietnam) who uses all American resources whenever possible.
Co-located in Phoenix w/that other well known Great American:
The Desert Rat.

7/10/2005 05:20:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Does this mean there will be Wretchard interviews on Hewitt and etc?

7/10/2005 05:21:00 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

Wretchard is the name of an imaginary cat, the symbol of that entire race of stoic, yet somewhat foolish creatures.

"O wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 7:24, 25).
/////////////////
gotta go to church this morning myself. hmm. maybe later I'll post Mr. Ed.'s theme song.

7/10/2005 05:26:00 AM  
Blogger Rune said...

Hello Richard, welcome out. I love the way the internet is able to bring together allies and likeminded from all across the globe, but I should imagine there was also an element of security in being anonymous, hope stepping out won’t cause you any inconvenience. I don’t know much about the Philippines, I once thought about buying an island there, it must be one of the most beautiful places on earth – unfortunately you have to be a Philippine citizen, but Richard Fernandez sounds very Spanish. Are you of a Spanish family or is it common for Philippines to take Spanish names?

7/10/2005 05:27:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Can't help but think of some Muslim Pirates w/a Scandinavian head on a Pike!
Lucky for the citizenship requirement, Rune!

7/10/2005 05:37:00 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

Hello Mr. Wretchard Fernandez,

Please continue the great work, under any name you choose.

Good on ya, mate.

7/10/2005 05:39:00 AM  
Blogger Triton'sPolarTiger said...

Well, I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later.

Personally, I enjoyed your anonymity, i.e. it was nice not knowing who Wretchard was... but as long as your analyses remain spot-on, no harm done I s'pose.

7/10/2005 05:43:00 AM  
Blogger EddieP said...

Wretchard the Cat, thank you for your perspective and your unambiguous writing. We need more of both in this world of disinformation and partisan nonsense.

7/10/2005 05:48:00 AM  
Blogger ShrinkWrapped said...

Whether you blog as Wretchard or Richard, your insightful posts have been extraordinarily helpful in understanding the world we now live in. Keep up the good work, Richard.

7/10/2005 06:02:00 AM  
Blogger Ari Tai said...

Interesting times. Good insights, great writing. Thank you for the time you put into all this.

Maybe the 'sphere will less compete with the MSM than renew it - as great talent sorts to the top and is cited and (in time, I expect) employed.

/Ari

7/10/2005 06:07:00 AM  
Blogger RWE said...

Really not necessary, Wretch. Your "credentials" will not prevent some from attacking your views and calling into question your analyses. You can be assured they will be far less open about their own backgrounds, areas of expertise, and achievements. On the other hand, such assaults will be recognized immediately as such and thus will be discounted. Exposing yourself to fire may show where the enemy is, but it certainly will reveal which ones are bad shots.

7/10/2005 06:21:00 AM  
Blogger Peter UK said...

He's Spartacus!

7/10/2005 06:26:00 AM  
Blogger jakita said...

Dear Richard,

Your blog is awesome. Since you've revealed that you are a man, not a cat, may I inquire as to what kinds of background or reading material it takes to come up with your brilliant and poetic analyses?

Surely you have some special training in military matters, or are you primarily one of those well-read people who knows how to put miscellaneous bits of information into a coherent whole?

All these questions represent: a fan letter.

7/10/2005 06:28:00 AM  
Blogger Red River said...

Wretchard is great because it brings to mind another time in America during the printing press explosion when public figures hid behind nom-de-plumes and wrote screeds that became the talk of the town. So it is a wonderful tradition.

We have a barn cat called Einstein. He is always getting into equipment and up onto things very far off the ground. He also gets into horrible fights and on two occasions I have shot his feral opponents following his successful fight to keep his beloved barn. I imagine if he could speak ( he can talk ) he'd claim he has no ego, but he fights hard for his barn.

7/10/2005 06:30:00 AM  
Blogger RattlerGator said...

Anonymous or not, you remain a Blog God.

7/10/2005 06:31:00 AM  
Blogger lenie said...

I really don’t care who you are, your analysis is brilliant. I rarely post. I am often awed by the thoughtfulness of your writings and by that of your frequent commenters. Furthermore as someone who is about to embark on a career as a high school history teacher, reading your blog has been far more enlightening than my education technique course work. However, the mystery is revealed and on one level it is slightly bittersweet to know your identity. For some reason my overactive imagination envisioned Wretchard posting from a traditional style home on the canals of Bangkok, wearing his summer whites, a ceiling fan swirling overhead, a scotch on the rocks, a Panama straw hat and 45-caliber pistol beside his computer. The scotch was brought by his trusted servant who is much more and has saved Wretchard’s life on more than one occasion.

7/10/2005 06:32:00 AM  
Blogger Dr. Sanity said...

It is a pleasure to read your analyses, no matter what you choose to call yourself. Keep up the great work!

7/10/2005 06:40:00 AM  
Blogger red satellite said...

Thanks for your outstanding insight. I too saw it in the UK Times and blogged about it based on your account yesterday.

Red Satellite

7/10/2005 06:44:00 AM  
Blogger The Wobbly Guy said...

What you are matters, and the success rate you have had speaks for itself.

Keep it up, and maybe someday you can parley all this into something greater.

7/10/2005 06:53:00 AM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

Lenie, you may still be correct. :-)

See, Wretchard--you've influenced someone embarking on a career teaching history. That alone will change the warp and woof. In fact. teaching history is maybe the loom itself.

7/10/2005 06:56:00 AM  
Blogger Moneyrunner said...

Thanks for the revelation. I am impressed by your knowledge of history and your ability to analyze current events. I hope things go better than you expect in the Philippines.

7/10/2005 07:00:00 AM  
Blogger CoastieLT said...

That at least tells me why you have such an interest in geo-political and strategic matters in the Pacific - but it doesn't tell me how you know SO much! Thanks for your blog and keep up the incredible work.

and I'm actually in Manila right now, and will be in PI for a couple weeks doing some work with our host counterparts and our colleagues from Australia. It's obviously an interesting time to be here.....

7/10/2005 07:01:00 AM  
Blogger longtrail said...

I have been a reader of your blog for over a year. I sensed people of high calibre were posting which is why I just read and did not comment. I am a bit intimidated by the high intelect being a common man of not such high education.

Today I speak for two reasons. 1. so happy to see PeterUK post, I was worried about a man who I never met or introduced myself to but consider a friend. 2. I was right about Wretchard. I felt deep inside he had important information I enjoy reading and learning each day. I find the comments just as stimulating.

Good on ya all

7/10/2005 07:05:00 AM  
Blogger Boghie said...

Wretchard (since you still sign that way),

I found your site through the odd paths of the internet blogging community that formed soon after 9/11. Can’t remember when, but I am certain it was from the Hugh Hewitt site. Remember that distinctly.

Your site, and those pointed to by you (Bill Roggio, WindsOfChange, CounterTerrorism – those I got from you) and others, have been of immense benefit to me and the small circle of friends and Marines that I work with. We no longer have to try to obtain information from people who do not understand it as it is presented and in context in which it is found.

I have actually learned something. I used to want straight facts and then complain about the slant. Now I want reasoned analysis and opinion that I can corroborate against other sources.

PajamasMedia is looking to be a tough competitor to those with the perfect hair and media degrees.

Carry on, and don’t make it too much of a job…

7/10/2005 07:16:00 AM  
Blogger Regan said...

Richard,
While you are a bit more exposed, I hope you keep writing on terrorism and Islam. What I, and I suspect most others, value is your command of history, judicous use of fact, and strengh of argument.

7/10/2005 07:16:00 AM  
Blogger Cardozo Bozo said...

Pleased to meet you.

7/10/2005 07:17:00 AM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

Anyone slightly disappointed at the loss of mystery, could well contemplate the enormous mystery of someone emerging on the side of the individual, from Public Policy studies at Harvard. ;-)

7/10/2005 07:26:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Then there's the Harvard Lawyer, Hugh Hewitt!
Man cannot be kept Beneath the Wheel!

7/10/2005 07:32:00 AM  
Blogger reliapundit said...

yeah, sure. you're richard fernandez and i'm richard nixon. heh! nice try, sherlock!

7/10/2005 07:32:00 AM  
Blogger lenie said...

Buddy,
How true it takes greater imagination to contemplate Wretchard's harvard education than him living in Bangkok. However I would imagine he still needed the .45 in Cambridge.

7/10/2005 07:41:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

lenie,
The parents are going to need a 45 after you get through with the kids!

7/10/2005 07:46:00 AM  
Blogger Engineer-Poet said...

% These are the only bloggers who'll admit to going to Hah-vard %
% And there may be many others but they haven't been un-cah-vard %
dump-da-da-da-dump-dump, dump-DUMP!

There is freedom in pseudonymity.  I use a pseudonym because I want my analyses to stand on their own merits, neither drawing unwarranted credence from authority nor being subject to attack as a proxy for attacking me personally.  On the other hand, there can come a time when the costs exceed the benefits.

I hope that going public does not affect the terrific quality of your work here.  And if I'm ever in the Phillipines, the first pitcher is on me.

7/10/2005 07:47:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Poet,
The better beers in Oz!

7/10/2005 07:49:00 AM  
Blogger lenie said...

Doug I am in New York the kids are already armed :)

7/10/2005 07:59:00 AM  
Blogger truepeers said...

May I still think of you as Malheurard? We imaginary bureaucrats are rather fixed in our ways. Like Buddy says of yardmen, the essential mystery remains, one that is repeated by the greats in every century: the ability of those who know something of both the margin and center to emerge as intellectual leaders by being neither and both at once. Don't lose that and the name won't matter 'cept to ideologues.

7/10/2005 08:09:00 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Yeah I saw that article last night and when it quoted you, I decided to look up your blog as its been a long time since I've visited.

As for revealing yourself to your readers, I say, "It's nice to make your acquaintance and thank you for all you've put into your blog. We appreciate you."

Jennifer Martinez sends

7/10/2005 08:10:00 AM  
Blogger truepeers said...

'cept to ideologues and poets (the properly imaginative, say)

7/10/2005 08:11:00 AM  
Blogger Pierre Legrand said...

Thank you for your terrific insights and allowances for comments.

7/10/2005 08:13:00 AM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

Per engineer-poet's two-liner:
A quick chuckle--there's few things deviner.

7/10/2005 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger Tom Paine said...

I think I preferred you as Wretchard the Catalyst.

But I suppose the veil was in fact becoming immodestly thin.

I hope you're at least prepared to "cash in" on your new "exposure" (and your well-deserved fame).
.

7/10/2005 08:27:00 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

7/10/2005 08:28:00 AM  
Blogger erico said...

Drudge has linked to the Times article so Wretchard's name is undoubtedly getting even wider exposure.

7/10/2005 08:31:00 AM  
Blogger truepeers said...

The thing about the Times article: he calls you a "military blogger". This got me wondering... Perhaps the key is not to pronounce on what your purpose is. Does blogging, duly conceived, have a purpose?

7/10/2005 08:39:00 AM  
Blogger wader said...

Ah..now that you have stepped out of the blogset..the worst that could happen is that you would be forced into political office in the PI...and loose the time to blog while you took the time to save a country. Who shall place our beloved educational benefactor RF on the upcoming ballot?
I like so many others here have long enjoyed your writing and analysis. It was only a mater of time before someone in the MSM with half a brain recognized it for what it is.

7/10/2005 08:42:00 AM  
Blogger JoseyWales said...

Argghh! Another mystery revealed.

WRETCHARD was so much more like, I dont know, well...

Keep up the awesome job.

7/10/2005 08:58:00 AM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

Establishing a brand-name is a herculean task--often unraveled by the paradox of the brand itself creating demand for quantity--when the product is "quality".

7/10/2005 09:16:00 AM  
Blogger PatCA said...

Welcome, Richard! Your blog has enlarged my understanding of the world in many ways.

Best of luck.

7/10/2005 09:18:00 AM  
Blogger Boomsheka said...

As sad as it is, I found out about this site through that article. I wish I would have found it sooner as I enjoy your views. So it may allow others to find you in the same fashion.

7/10/2005 09:18:00 AM  
Blogger Boomsheka said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

7/10/2005 09:19:00 AM  
Blogger Zeno said...

Hi,
Greetings from South America.
I've been reading your blog occasionaly from some time now. One of the most clever and detailed analysis of current political conflicts to be found anywhere.

7/10/2005 09:24:00 AM  
Blogger Marcus Aurelius said...

Wretchard,

Congratulations on your achievements in this new communications environment! From the moment I started reading your Blog I knew you were up there near the top of this medium, I did not need numbers from Blogshares, or from TTLB to see that.

Not only is your analysis keen your writing is also good. No matter how good one's ideas if they can not get out of ones head they are no more than excited neurons.

Yes, I completely understand the need for taking a pseudonymn. I use one myself (No, while Marcus Aurelius does bear some resemblence to my name, and serves a nickname of mine, it is a pseudonym) and feel like it allows me to write more honestly. Sometimes, I wish I could drop the charade but mostly for the purposes of photo-blogging.

Mahabang buay para sa Belmont Club!

7/10/2005 09:30:00 AM  
Blogger Marcus Aurelius said...

Aaayyyyy!

Mahabang BUHAY ibig kong sabihin!

7/10/2005 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger Icewriter said...

To show how much the influence of this blog has grown, Google the world "Belmont".

A year ago, I tried this, and nothing in the first two pages of hits ever mentioned this site.

Belmont Club now occupies the fourth hit. Amazing.

Keep it up!

7/10/2005 09:35:00 AM  
Blogger Juan Golblado said...

Keep up the good work Richard!
Under whatever name you choose.

7/10/2005 09:37:00 AM  
Blogger charlotte said...

Bravo, Richard! No one does analysis so eloquently nor prose as relevant as you, but where is your Australian spelling? Are you just being careful, or might you reside where we hypothesise and theorise about terrorist behaviour with more z's and less u's?

7/10/2005 09:40:00 AM  
Blogger ForNow said...

When I first saw the email name "wretchardthecat" I immediately thought of Felix the Cat. ("Felix," cognate with feliz and "felicity," means the opposite of "wretched.") Felix had, of course, his Bag of Tricks, and I got the notion, from that and other things, that you were a computer programmer or or tech or database designer of some kind.

You're right about the ego thing, there's something about having to defend past views under one's own name, that decreases flexibility. I suspect that people get particularly stuck by having published a book on a thesis. And of course one feels more willing to come out and saying things under a pseudonym. And you've said some things in the past which would be quite controversial coming from a well known and respected pundit, bringing touchy and frightening subjects to explicitness near mainstream currents of professional discussion of politics and national strategy. But sooner or later, I guess, it's proper for the training wheels to come off. The next and biggest Rubicon, if you choose to cross it, would be to become a paid columnist straddling blogsophere and MSM like Glenn Reynolds or (from the opposite direction) Michelle Malkin.

7/10/2005 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger Rick Ballard said...

If y'all had sent in dough via PayPal - as you should have - you would have received a thank you from Richard Fernandez.

It wasn't that deep a mystery.

I'm looking forward to the radio and TV interviews as well as the articles and editorials that will appear via PJ Media.

Best wishes and good luck.

7/10/2005 09:54:00 AM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

Right--no deep cover, but then, no use of the name either, until the owner cleared it.

7/10/2005 10:13:00 AM  
Blogger RWE said...

As for the site name, I have three WWII vintage radios I am restoring out in the garage. They were manufactured by Belmont Radio. Whenever I think of the "Belmont Club" I think of those radios; both are high quality and attractive links to an earlier time.

7/10/2005 10:16:00 AM  
Blogger oldefogey said...

Wretchard,
As Rick said, those of us who contribute regularly knew your name. As others said, your personal information was irrelevant.

The only thing that really matters is the insight and clarity of your thinking and writing which is amazing. As a very common man with many prejudices, I share the wonder that such a consistently clear analysis of facts comes from a Harvard man.

I just hope that media exposure doesn’t damage you too much. Good luck.

7/10/2005 10:23:00 AM  
Blogger Common Cents said...

I for one am disappointed. I thought for years now your name was Richard Felt.

7/10/2005 10:28:00 AM  
Blogger heather said...

Darn. I liked the anonymous mystique. And I felt smug, too, because I knew Wretchard's name (by contributing $$$ to him, I received a thank you note,...by the way have YOU contributed to him??) although "Richard Hernandez" doesn't say too much anyway.

By graduating Mr. Hernandez, Harvard can keep a very tiny semblance of respectability in this world.

7/10/2005 10:38:00 AM  
Blogger diabeticfriendly said...

universal truths require no CV....

somehow the brits have forgotten that trains blowing up innocent civilians is a crime, even if it happens to jews...

hey jack straw how goes those meetings with the peaceful hamas?

7/10/2005 10:42:00 AM  
Blogger poins said...

I want to add to the accolades. This is my first choice for analysis and insight on the events of the day. I, too, have enjoyed your anonymity. It kept you insulated from personal attacks which people often use to throw us off the trail of logic and perseptive analysis.

Thanks again, I look forward to more stimulating comments.

Poins

7/10/2005 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger Mətušélaḥ said...

Interesting phonetic correlation between the name Richard and Wretchard. Reminds me of an anecdote regards Jean-Francois Champollion, the French linguist who deciphered the phonetic sound contained within ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Some attribute this to an interesting coincidence contained within his name -- Champollion. It sounds as the words "field of lion" in French.

7/10/2005 11:03:00 AM  
Blogger neo-neocon said...

As a long-time reader (and an anonymous blogger myself), I enjoyed your cloak of mystery and anonymity. It freed up the imagination. Your posts are so remarkable that they stand on their own merits.

But maybe there comes a time when it's just time. I respect your decision to reveal your identity, just as I've respected everything you've written. I wish you well in your non-anonymity!

7/10/2005 11:11:00 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

Television Themes
Mr. Ed
(Horse neighs)

Hello
I'm Mr. Ed

A horse is a horse
Of course of course
And no one can talk to a horse
Of course
That is of course
Unless the horse
Is the famous Mr. Ed

Go right to the source
And ask the horse
He'll give you the answer
That you'll endorse
He's always on a steady course
Talk to Mr. Ed

People yakkety yak a streak
And waste your time of day
But Mr. Ed will never speak
Unless he has something to say

A horse is a horse
Of course of course
And this one will talk to his horse his horse
You never heard of a talking horse

Well listen to this
'I am Mr. Ed'

7/10/2005 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger Kyda Sylvester said...

In Brooklynese, pleasedtameetcha, Ritchie. Thanks for all you do.

7/10/2005 11:35:00 AM  
Blogger kim said...

Very nice to meet you, thanks for a great blog.



In the spirit of this site, here's some breaking news, police hunt for white mercenaries in London bombing:

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article298105.ece

7/10/2005 11:48:00 AM  
Blogger romanesq said...

Richard can I still call you Rikard? I've enjoyed your blog, no loved it for so long.

Welcome in from the cold. And can we call you friend?

I've absolutely loved every word on the historical evaluations you've written.

7/10/2005 11:49:00 AM  
Blogger Benji Farquhar said...

Wretchard,

What's in a name?

Thank you for all the intel and unflagging persistence.

Do you miss Steven Den Beste? His references pointed me to your endlessly informative blog.

7/10/2005 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger John Dunshee said...

Ah, that explains your in-depth knowledge of the problems and politics of the PI, an region that is sadly neglected today.

Your analysis of events both Philippine and world wide has been remarkable.

Keep on blogging whether you be Richard or Wretchard.

7/10/2005 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

Delighted to make your acquintance. Even more delighted to know that you're protected by a couple of oceans from the buffets of American politics, capitalism, and MSM-directed hits.

From now on, I won't be assuming an intimate familiarity with Americanisms, which was probably rude to begin with, and I apologize for ever having done so, if I did.

Deep Throat and the Cat unveiled within a month of each other! The stars must be in alignment somewhere.

7/10/2005 11:57:00 AM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

Charles, sounds like church was fun this morning!

7/10/2005 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger ex-democrat said...

W: when i saw that Times article I was pleased to see your analysis getting further exposure, but was also irked that they provided no link to your site nor even a mention of its name by which the mildly enterprising could then locate it. Whether this was more than simply MSM obtuseness, who knows?
Anyway, I'm a huge fan of your thinking, your writing, your blog, and your brilliant posters. I think your decision to share your real name with the contributionally-challenged (nod to Rick) is a sound one. Your views need to be heard far and wide and this is a necessary step toward that.

7/10/2005 12:13:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

I forget where I originally saw a link to The Belmont Club, but I know one of the reasons I clicked on it is because "Belmont" is the name of my home town. Today I find out that Wretchard's Belmont and mine are the same!

Thanks for what is easily the best blog I've ever read.

7/10/2005 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

This post dovetails nicely with the one before about the search for a future president of the Philippines. I hope this doesn’t sound too sycophantic (that would be a first from me) but given not only your background (Harvard, well-respected blog) but also the obviously bright future ahead of you with expansion into different media such as radio and television a given; it wouldn’t be such a stretch in ten to fifteen years down the road to see you as a major political figure in the Philippines.

With that in mind I’ve taken the time to suggest a few appointments for your shadow cabinet and other important posts. Doug, as the most prolific Belmont Club commenter ever, is the obvious choice for Vice President (and this should in no way be seen as a comparison between him and the current VP Noli de Castro). Buddy is a shoo-in for Finance Minister. Rick Ballard is a natural for Education Minister. Verc could head the Classics Department at the University of Manila and Cedarford would be the clear choice for Ambassador to Israel.

7/10/2005 12:40:00 PM  
Blogger trish said...

Wretchard,

Bin Laden isn't in Afghanistan, and neither would you be if you were he. Over the border in Pakistan - where US forces are absent and not, save under the most exceptional of circumstances and forbidding of requirements, permitted to go - is where he and Zawahiri are. Their locations are not only, as time has proven, relatively safe from US incursion, but beyond the able and willing reach of the Pakistanis as well. (One might say: But look at Zarqawi. He's in and out of nominal Coalition territory, isn't he? But Zarqawi has a local "business" to run, just as bin Laden did many years ago in Afghanistan. Unlike Zarqawi, neither bin Laden's nor Zawahiri's presence is required to oversee a guerilla campaign, to cultivate and manage foreign jihadis, or to undertake and maintain correspondence and coordination with local forces.)

The valley north of Asadabad has been an active area of operations for years now and host to traffic of regular and obvious interest to the US and the Afghan authorities. Our proximate presence has been a fixture for some time.

When an incident such as last week's occurs, it gives the appearance of some extraordinary activity afoot. This is largely because there is no regular reporting and comprehensive analysis out of Afghanistan; it isn't on the media radar, the journalistic interest just isn't there. Were the opposite the case, it would be better understood that - whaddya know - there's a war on, and Afghanistan is a plenty dangerous, eventful place for our side and theirs. A war mostly forgotten, and far from certain conclusion.

7/10/2005 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger Jill Stewart said...

Congrats on coming out Richard. It's the wave of the future and you're on it. I hope more anonymous bloggers follow suit. Your bona fides are yet more proof that the blogosphere is filled with terrific experts who often know quite a bit more than the sometimes poorly educated reporters who cover the news. (Not all journalists, but a lot more than the public realizes, studied only 'journalism' in college. God.)

7/10/2005 01:17:00 PM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

Fooey--just my luck to come in as Finance Minister on a dadgum anti-corruption platform.

7/10/2005 01:21:00 PM  
Blogger Cedarford said...

Wretchard - OK, you're Filipino. You know there is a paucity of well paid media pundits and commentators that have ancestry in the Philippinesand are well-spoken and very insightful.

One in fact.

So....any desire to venture into media? Do women find you appealing? As men find Malkin???

Well, seriously now, I share your disappointment over the Philippines political problems and hope that if you still have relatives there, that they are not adversely affected...

7/10/2005 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

common cents:
You think YOUR disappointed, I thought his real name was Valerie Plame!

7/10/2005 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger jinnderella said...

hajimemashite.
;-)

7/10/2005 01:34:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Bud,
re jill's post:
Can you believe some people actually TOOK Journalism?
JEEZ!

7/10/2005 01:36:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Hashemite?
Where's Lab Rat!

7/10/2005 01:37:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Trish,
I just hear an interview w/Richard Miniter (How Bush is winning the war on terror, you'd probably hate it!) and he thinks old bin L well might not have been at Tora Bora at the end:
Says there are tunnels that go all the way over to the Paki side.

Too bad we didn't have some Armed Predator Security Cams in there!

7/10/2005 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Kevin:
How soon can I do a coup after he gets in?

7/10/2005 01:43:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

ex dem,
Where'd you buy the posters?
Are they brilliant like
Acid Rock Posters?

7/10/2005 01:46:00 PM  
Blogger 49erDweet said...

Your analyses here speak for themselves, and survive the test of time. They alone are your bona fides. The rest of this posting is just 'wrapping'. Important to you personally, but unnecessary in the larger scheme of things.

Blog on, Oh W, blog on! You are not perfect, but you are extremely valuable.

7/10/2005 01:46:00 PM  
Blogger Mətušélaḥ said...

And I thought Cedarford as the clear choice for Ambassador to Cedarfordland. :/

7/10/2005 01:49:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Cedars of Lebanon.
(Hamas Agent.)
Just kidding C-4.
That last tour of duty you gave me still smarts.

7/10/2005 01:53:00 PM  
Blogger Eleanor © said...

Richard or "Wretchard" -- You have many readers that have remained silent. I have enjoyed your insightful analyses and the many links you provided. Please continue your blog.

7/10/2005 01:58:00 PM  
Blogger Mətušélaḥ said...

Cedarfordland

Population: 1
Location: dark side of the moon
Capital city: hole under a rock
Currency: floating white sheep

7/10/2005 02:01:00 PM  
Blogger Rick Ballard said...

Buddy,

Those printing preses at Treasury could probably turn out some very authentic looking diplomas. Mebbe we could work something out.

7/10/2005 02:03:00 PM  
Blogger romanesq said...

Richard can I still call you Rikard? I've enjoyed your blog, no loved it for so long.

Welcome in from the cold. And can we call you friend?

I've absolutely loved every word on the historical evaluations you've written.

7/10/2005 02:06:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Rick,
I went to the thread version where the names of the deleters are given, and saw yours, so I deleted mine.
Figured that's what you wanted?
(esp after reading more at the other place)

7/10/2005 02:07:00 PM  
Blogger truepeers said...

Hell Mika, I thought it was some place under a glacier where Lebanese traders adrift in the Norwegian sea were forced to set up a colony; they started studying Henry Ford as an alternative to the Chinese model of economic development.

7/10/2005 02:09:00 PM  
Blogger Rick Ballard said...

Thanks, Doug. Hmm, I wonder if the Vice-Presidents signature on a diploma would increase the value of the degree?

7/10/2005 02:11:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

If you wait for the coup, I have great things planned for us!
Trust Me!

7/10/2005 02:15:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Doug,

The day Wretchard brings in the CPP/NPA as a ruling coalition partner is the day you get to overthrow his ass.

7/10/2005 02:35:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Sometimes other necessities make things imperative:
The Template:
The Beer Hall Putsch occurred in the evening of Thursday, November 8 to early afternoon of Friday, November 9, 1923

7/10/2005 02:37:00 PM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

Doug, what, may I ask, is wrong with having took Journalism?

7/10/2005 02:44:00 PM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

Rick, immediately focusing on the printing presses makes you a perfect ministerial candidate. Kevin is quite prosthetic.

7/10/2005 02:46:00 PM  
Blogger Orbit Rain said...

...nice to meet you Richard...

" Anonymous blogging has proved a good buffer against the petty vanities of authorship. "

I'm still trying to keep *this* online persona "online"

Excellent work I've enjoyed for a *while* now...great job!

7/10/2005 02:52:00 PM  
Blogger Rick Ballard said...

I wonder if the Minister of Education can perform marriages? There's a lotta dough in weddings.

Buddy - I think it's 'tooken'.

7/10/2005 02:57:00 PM  
Blogger Mətušélaḥ said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

7/10/2005 03:08:00 PM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

Being a fan of the senate judiciary committee, I can already announce that by some point in the future I will have vetted the banking system and will have found that all fees will have to be octupled. The Ministry will make this more palatial by changing the spelling to "pheez", so that we may say we have not raised "fees".

7/10/2005 03:12:00 PM  
Blogger Mətušélaḥ said...

truepeers,
That would be Cedarfordstan. Not to be confused with the newly established principality Cedarfordland.

Due to the policies of GWB's neocon cabal, this glacier you mentioned, no longer exists. It has been deliberately evaporated. The citizen of Cedarfordstan, now exposed to the sun's harsh UV rays, decided to set up shop on a NASA Deep Impact probe. The plan was to pre-emptively attack slanty-eyed spacemite deep in dark reaches of outer space. But the wily neocons at NASA caught wind of the plan. Fearing Cedarford's revenge and military talents will come back to haunt them (after he's done conquering outer space spacemite), they deliberately veered the probe's trajectory, crashing it onto the moon.

7/10/2005 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger Chap said...

Wretchard,

Welcome, again. I will still assume you are flattened and inflatable.

I wish you the best of luck in this more public phase.

7/10/2005 03:41:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Sounds good:
Then when you need to get something done, you just show up with your pheez and thank you's.

7/10/2005 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger The Wild Duck said...

Mabuhay!

Taga saan ka ng Pilipinas?

I should have guessed significant parts of your resume, given your obvious understanding of Filipino Politics and insightful (Harvard-like) analysis.

I shall remain cloked in my nom de plume, though will reveal that the reason I appreciated your Filipino political savvy is that I served in the US Peace Corps, 1975-77, in Manila, and remain amazed at how many former drinking buddies (pares) play key roles in the (dysfunctional) mix today.

7/10/2005 03:55:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

The Mother of All Connections.
A special report on the new evidence of collaboration between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and al Qaeda.
by Stephen F. Hayes & Thomas Joscelyn
Hat Tip, Chapomatic.

7/10/2005 03:57:00 PM  
Blogger trish said...

"I just hear an interview w/Richard Miniter (How Bush is winning the war on terror, you'd probably hate it!)"

What makes you say that, Doug? I never said we were losing the war on terror.

7/10/2005 04:01:00 PM  
Blogger Spag-oz said...

Wretch,

Kinda guessed the Oz/Phillipine connection from earlier posts.

Keep up the good work.

7/10/2005 04:07:00 PM  
Blogger raymondshaw said...

Well I have to concur, TBC is my favorite reading place. Haven't been here long and don't post often. Found you from a link to the 3 Conjectures, and realized there were some deep thinkers here. With more of a technical background, I am quite impressed with the insight & writing skills on display here.

As a side-note, will mention that the elder of my 2 sisters, following graduation from Berkeley in 1967, served in the Peace Corps for 2 years in the Philippines. Spent her time in rural communities on Cebu & Mindanao teaching folks farming (her BA-UCB was in Botany).

Needless to say, our politics are very different. I blame Mario Savio ;)

7/10/2005 04:16:00 PM  
Blogger Peg C. said...

I try never to miss your posts and look forward to all of your PJ endeavors.

What's in a name? That which we call Wretchard by any other name would write just as profoundly. (With apologies to Shakespeare.)

7/10/2005 04:26:00 PM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

Mario Savio, Berkeley, 1964, top of car with bullhorn, proclaims "Free Speech Movement"...now you can't stand in the same spot and say "I am a conservative". Ironyyyyiyiyi.

7/10/2005 04:37:00 PM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

Read it and weep!

7/10/2005 04:44:00 PM  
Blogger Engineer-Poet said...

(I can't believe nobody got that my little couplet above was a hat-tip to Tom Lehrer, another former Harvard person.  Don't they teach the classics in chemistry class anymore?  "There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium...")

7/10/2005 05:37:00 PM  
Blogger cannuck said...

You are very insightful and intelligent. Maybe you should help the situation in the Phillipines by getting involved in the politics.
I guess you are now!
Good Luck!

7/10/2005 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I read the article in the Australian national paper and saw that it mentioned one of my favourite bloggers....

more and more people will start to see the true depth of analysis etc that is written by so many bloggers..

all the best for your non anonymous future...

7/10/2005 05:43:00 PM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

Tom Lehrer--great comic! hadn't thought of him in years. Good piano, too.

7/10/2005 05:49:00 PM  
Blogger athenian said...

It's funny how the blogosphere works. Ran across this, then ran across this site, so I figured I'd leave a link to say hello.

"Its insertion represented an extraordinary risk, said the author of an influential military blog known as Wretchard...The fact that the US did not send in several hundred troops for a sweep instead of the four-man reconnaissance team strongly suggests the team's mission was to fix a very high target before it could flee from an air-mobile assault, Wretchard said..."

Do you really think they were on the scent of OBL?

7/10/2005 05:58:00 PM  
Blogger ledger said...

[Times Online]:

"Its insertion represented an extraordinary risk," said the author of an influential military blog known as Wretchard...."

Hum, I like the "Influential Military Blog" tag. This of course will be picked by inmates at the DU and Kos and an twisted into some dark conspiracy: "Richard Fernandez, who goes by the various aliases such as "Wretchard" or Wretchard The Cat" has now been exposed as an operative of CIA and secretly funded by a group of right-wing fanatics closely associated with the Bush administration. Mr. Fernadez, born a Filipino, was discovered spying on Arroyo government. He was quickly discoverd and deported to Australia. There, he used to toil in obscurity tirelessly spouting jingoistic American propaganda and disparaging Michael Moore's Muslim Minute Men. Now that antiseptic affect of the Main Stream Media spot light has been shined on this covert military pajama clad operative we can take firm action against him. We will descend upon his right-wing-nut military site and bury him with an avalanche of logic driven personal attacks. And, it will not be pretty...

7/10/2005 06:08:00 PM  
Blogger truepeers said...

Mika, there must be some connection between those NASA (Star) Trekkies, who are all secretly Freemasons, and whoever betrayed the Cedarfordistanians. Probably had something to do with promises of first dibs on the virgins of all newly discovered planets.

7/10/2005 06:09:00 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

In the spirit of this site, here's some breaking news, police hunt for white mercenaries in London bombing:

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article298105.ece
//////////////////
last time white mercenaries were mentioned in the context of a political hit--it was in Lebanon. Whoever was that guy whose car was blown up. The bomb was so big it blew an immense hole in the street and it went off beside some largely unihabited building. The hit was thought to be expertly done. White mercenaries were mentioned boarding a plane after the boming or some such in one newspaper account. The killing of the lebanese leader resulted in syrian troops leaving the lebanon.

The mention of white mercenaries might be true but it has the same ring of truth as hollywood movies after 911 showing white/nazi/south african terrorists.

7/10/2005 06:19:00 PM  
Blogger sam said...

Great blog and background of the man behind Wretchard. I discovered you 10 months ago from initially reading a CNN aricle that linked to Realclearpolitics which linked to you. Since then I've weaned myself off CNN, read you regularly, and haven't looked back. Thanks so much for the time you put towards this and thank you for educating me. I am an optomist and it is so refreshing to have found you.

7/10/2005 06:19:00 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

hey Airplane is on the tube EST.

7/10/2005 06:22:00 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

for any political science/international relations graduate students or law students reading this blog....

You will save yourself an immense amount of time trouble & confusion if you take a semester or two course--or more--in the St Paul's book of Romans -- taught from a Reformed point of view.

7/10/2005 06:35:00 PM  
Blogger truepeers said...

Charles, that's the kind of statement that you just got to try and explain or you'll leave most students scratching their heads. Wazzat? The Road to Damascus is the key to it all?

7/10/2005 06:40:00 PM  
Blogger fjelehjifel said...

Richard Fernandez, Glad to make your acquaintance, sir. My name is Pete Paraschos. I post here occassionally under the pseudonym FFE. Keep up the great work. You've definitely kept me coming back for more than a year, at least.

7/10/2005 06:43:00 PM  
Blogger Ray said...

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7/10/2005 06:43:00 PM  
Blogger Ray said...

Wretchard,

Thanks for the info. I must confess that I was curious about your background, as well as your particular interest in the Phillipines and emergent phenomena (ever study physics?).

I love to read what you write, review the comments, and occasionally post one myself. Keep up the excellent work.

7/10/2005 06:47:00 PM  
Blogger MacBoar said...

Mabuhay!

Thank you, Wretchard, for your insightful muses. I hope this announcement does not jeopardize you in any way.

Pls continue, you've shown me so much. Thank you.

7/10/2005 06:48:00 PM  
Blogger ex-democrat said...

sorry doug, i meant to say bwilliant.

7/10/2005 06:54:00 PM  
Blogger David said...

I have been a big fan nearly from the inception of Belmont Club. I once wrote a letter to the Editor of The Dallas Morning News suggesting that they carry your analysis since he was on the board of directors for the AP (at the time). But at any rate you have a great blog! All the best to you.

7/10/2005 07:21:00 PM  
Blogger sam said...

macboar, I grew up in Kirkland.

Go Hawks!

7/10/2005 07:27:00 PM  
Blogger Reve BM said...

Wretchard,

I was rooting for your anonymity in a somewhat innocent hope for privacy on the web, which is somewhat naive.

I hope you will keep going strong, I'm going to look forward/need to your analyses if the China/Taiwan situation goes ballistic. Let me rephrase that a little, if the China/Taiwan situation hots up and the United States defends Taiwan.

Please keep posting. I know anyone who strives to read and understand history stands on the shoulders of giants (I often think of the Federalist Papers) when they aptly bring ancient concepts and plug them in properly to the events of the day (which the mainstream media can never, never do, so it's a great pleasure to see you continue to attempt to do what you have done so well for the past few short years.

Best of luck, may your blog live long and prosper.

7/10/2005 07:39:00 PM  
Blogger Mətušélaḥ said...

truepeers,

Unfortunately, our Cedarfordistanian (singular, not plural), is yet another casual victim of America's insatiable lust for jihadi petrol and consequent global warming. Exposure to light, and the transition from the freezing darkness under that glacier, was too much of an evolutionary step for our young Cedarfordistanian. We all understand Cedarford will to power. He is of blue blood after all. But given his maniacal plans to start an intergalactic conflict with the peaceful slanty-eyed spacemite, it was decided that best solution was to try and recreate suitable new habitat for him. I think the dark side of the moon was an excellent choice. And you must admit, the view from up there must be magnificent.

7/10/2005 07:42:00 PM  
Blogger Marcus Aurelius said...

Oh Gawd!

A Seattle Seagull fan posts here!

How is the Walrus and Mr. August doing?

7/10/2005 07:47:00 PM  
Blogger Karridine said...

You could've said, Hi, my name is Gleebus Frabnatz, I have green skin and nictitating irises, and feathers...

But it wouldn't have phased me, or altered the clarity of intellect you bring to (almost) every post.

Inneresting, but quite beside the point. Keep up the good work, Wretchard!

7/10/2005 07:48:00 PM  
Blogger sam said...

marcus,

Walrus, is that Holmgren? Who is Mr. August?

7/10/2005 07:59:00 PM  
Blogger Robert Schwartz said...

Tutti Respecto, Don Ricardo.

Harvard, your analyses are so good that I took you to be a U of Chicago grad:-)

7/10/2005 08:30:00 PM  
Blogger Marcus Aurelius said...

Holmgrem is indeed The Walrus.

Around here we affectionately (or not so) referred to Matt Hassleback as Mr. August since he would shine in pre-season (August) but disapoint in the regular season (whenever he did get snaps).

I refer to a certain road in Green Bay as"Former Coach of the Packer Way" rather than by its proper name. Oh well, the shine was coming off of him anyway.

7/10/2005 08:36:00 PM  
Blogger bosco said...

Wretchard,
Revealing yourself is sort of like taking the mask off of Batman. Such is the price of success I suppose.

7/10/2005 08:54:00 PM  
Blogger Cu said...

Interesting material and well thought out. First time I've run across your blog and hope to see more. Thanks for the work.

Culann, class '65

7/10/2005 08:55:00 PM  
Blogger john marzan said...

I think most longtime readers know that Wretchard's a Filipino living in Australia (at least I got that info from Wretch's friend Dean Jorge Bocobo.)

The rest of his bio he offers a hint back in his May 9, 2004 post, after Roger L Simon (in his blog) asked who the mysterious wretchard was.

In response to recent requests for a bio, I'd just like to say that I am a software developer, who was once employed in forestry projects in a third world country, and did a short stint in Africa. Prior to that I headed up a nongovernment organization helping mountain tribes title their ancestral lands in largely insurgent-controlled areas and was a staff adviser for about three years to a third world government attempting to reach a negotiated settlement with Islamic rebels. Before that, I led a largely footloose life, including a year as a ragpicker. I have a graduate degree in public policy from a university in Cambridge, Massachusetts and another in applied mathematics from the midwest.

It used to be said that the nice thing about the Internet was that nobody cared if you were a dog: that your presence on the web was wholly separable from your existence as a person. That, as I've discovered, isn't wholly true although it should be; nothing is should truer or more false simply on the basis of provenance. But I should have realized that in this uncertain hour, the words 'who goes there?', so long in disuse, would come to preface every conversation. It is that kind of time and so be it.

7/10/2005 09:15:00 PM  
Blogger sam said...

Walrus, a fitting nickname. The Walrus is all high on Jesse Lumsden. A new running back recruit out of McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario. He won the Hec Crighton Trophy and broke 2 single season CIS records. Rushing yards - 1,816 and touchdowns - 21.

Hasselbeck, yeah, to say he's streaky is putting it mildly. Apparantly his brother recently signed with the Giants.

7/10/2005 09:36:00 PM  
Blogger Nick and Nora Charles said...

As a former working journalist... I work, but not as a journalist :-) it does concern me a little that the MSM are quoting anonymous bloggers as expert testimony.

Obviously there is no doubt of Richard's impeccable credentials, however I take issue with the lazy journalism that merely trawls the internet for comments to back up the story dejour.

The correct thing would have been to contact Richard and ask permission to quote him, then he would have had opportunity to clarify or contextualise his comments if required and determine whether he be on the record or not as an authority.

-- Nora

7/10/2005 09:43:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Wretchard,

Others have said it here over and over, but I need to say it too. Your insight and ability to extrapolate huge amounts of information about intent, strategy and momentum from sketchy and misleading data points is amazing. That you do it with such a literary and historical style, with your trademark thought-provoking endings, just makes the insights go down so much easier.

Congrats to you on starting to get the attention and respect you deserve from the media and the public. Anonymity is great (like my anonymous post here) but none of the big guys are anonymous.

Don't worry. You'll always be Wretchard to me. :-)

7/10/2005 09:56:00 PM  
Blogger Mr.Atos said...

Pleased to meet you, Mr. Fernandez. Keep up the great work! We'll look forward to your weekly segment on Hugh Hewitt, and a column perhaps at NRO or WSJ. We have a new name to place on the mantle of neo-journalistic excellence next to Victor Davis Hanson and Claudia Rosette.

But, you will always be Wretchard to us as well... at least until Dueler and I choose to shed our own protective aliases.

7/10/2005 10:47:00 PM  
Blogger quark2 said...

In a way I'm saddened you've revealed yourself. It was so mysterious and romantic to image you in a long trench coat standing by a dimly lit street light just outside of a seedy cafe. :)
You'll always be Wretchard, no matter what.
To see you in minds eye grooming yourself with the smugness of a superiour cat is such a delightful
thought.
Let not the light of day on your identity cause sufferance of your brilliant and thoroughly analyzed
posts cause them to become dim!

7/10/2005 11:24:00 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Well, you also scored a reference in the Australian daily "The Australian". Good work.

7/11/2005 02:51:00 AM  
Blogger QFU said...

I've always found your assessments to be intriguing if not "spot on".

I half expected you to be high up in the military or at least close to those who are, as your insightful posts imply far more than just an analytical mind. I'm not just stroking you when I say that they are sometimes genius.

7/11/2005 04:34:00 AM  
Blogger kstagger said...

Wretchard, you are a true Mycroft Holmes.

I knew there had to be a Philliphines connection due to the number of posts about our past and present Ally.

Keep up the good work.

7/11/2005 06:03:00 AM  
Blogger RattlerGator said...

Nora Charles, WADR -- I think you've missed the point or, at the very least, a main point. We don't require that kind of intermediary -- a "journalist" walking through mechanistic protocols.

Lesson -- don't assume down, assume up. Just as Wretchard could have been some kind of fake composite, journalists (damn good journalists) often turn out to be no better.

What has drawn me (and I suspect so many others) to Wretchard is his analytical confidence and clarity combined with a respect for our culture and history.

He could have been a divorced father of five with nothing but a G.E.D. and was said to be the black sheep of his family -- this wouldn't have changed a damn thing for me.

7/11/2005 06:14:00 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Said Jakita towards the top:
"Your blog is awesome. Since you've revealed that you are a man, not a cat, may I inquire as to what kinds of background or reading material it takes to come up with your brilliant and poetic analyses?

Surely you have some special training in military matters, or are you primarily one of those well-read people who knows how to put miscellaneous bits of information into a coherent whole?

All these questions represent: a fan letter."
I have to totally echo her questions. I'd very interested.

Wretchard-- excuse me-- Richard, I understand if you're avoiding commenting here due to your humility, but I don't agree! :)

I read often, but don't comment-- and I'd like to say I do appreciate your work. Thank you. I saw you mentioned in the Australian, and then shot over here to make sure you knew.

7/11/2005 07:22:00 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

truepeers said...
Charles, that's the kind of statement that you just got to try and explain or you'll leave most students scratching their heads. Wazzat? The Road to Damascus is the key to it all?
/////////
ugg I tried to compose a response but couldn't find something that's both short and sweet. And the long one went on too long and then became endless.

Trouble is... students need a pretty good grounding in the bible to get at St. Paul.'s Romans --which is something they don't get in college these days.

7/11/2005 07:26:00 AM  
Blogger kutblok said...

You were my favorite poster on another message board while you were active there. Your "identity" is your mind. Thanks.

7/11/2005 07:29:00 AM  
Blogger ice man said...

I knew you weren't a cat! I knew it...

Your writing is always a welcome and a thoughful antidote to the liberal lefty mindset here in Mass. USA

eg. "Dad, what is your plan to deal with jihadist terrorism?",......"son, we need to send them more money so they won't be poor"

oh dear help me lord...
(and i am an atheist)

keep up the excellent work

7/11/2005 08:38:00 AM  
Blogger exhelodrvr said...

Applesweet:
"In a way I'm saddened you've revealed yourself. It was so mysterious and romantic to image you in a long trench coat standing by a dimly lit street light just outside of a seedy cafe. :)"

Don't be sad; just imagine Desert_rat or Doug in that setting instead of Wretchard!

7/11/2005 09:36:00 AM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

Y'all could've gotten Wretch's secret identity very easily: make a donation to the site thru PayPal and up comes his name. It comes up after your donation goes through.

Sooo...to all the grateful freeloaders out there who have just outed themselves by being so surprised: get with it and click the donate button, hmm? ;)

~D

7/11/2005 10:22:00 AM  
Blogger Birkel said...

Well met, good sir. Another Kennedy Schooler here who is pleasantly surprised to find we share that in common.

Now if I could only be as prescient as this Wretchard has been...

7/11/2005 11:15:00 AM  
Blogger Thief said...

Greetings, Richard.

To quote the old (but true) saying, you are a gentleman and a scholar.

Thank you for your wonderful work these past few years.

7/11/2005 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger Short Fat Corporal said...

Wretchard,

Hmmmm, I had always thought you to be formerly with the American military or intel community with time in the PI.

The old saw about a genius being someone who agrees with you is true, although your writing and analysis surpass my abilities.

Thanks for filling in part of the void left bt SDB.

7/11/2005 01:53:00 PM  
Blogger E.M.H. said...

Never would've guess you for a fellow pinoy.

Salamat po ng blog. Ingat po.

(Yeah, that is lousy tagalog. I grew up in the States, gimme a break...)

7/11/2005 04:18:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Trish,
Sorry to take so long:
I just thought since books sounds bullish on Bush plan, and you said you thought Iraq shouldn't have happened, that you might not like the book.
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After reading papa's bin laden article in the next thread, I'm starting to think we should have already come up with some way to put a throttle on that.
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If 41 and Barbara had not been such good friends with the Sauds, I'm sure some things would have been done differently.
...for better or worse.

7/11/2005 05:01:00 PM  
Blogger Aakash said...

Well congratulations nonetheless, on being mentioned by a major newspaper in a major world city. Despite the fact that we may have preferred it to have been under different circumstances, the fact that it happened is a lot more that most of us 'long-time' bloggers will ever be able to claim.

Also... I haven't been back to The Belmont Club in awhile; I didn't know that it now has comments allowed. (I've been told that I need to do that at my blog... Maybe I will, one day.
Maybe not.)

7/11/2005 05:27:00 PM  
Blogger PresbyPoet said...

Truepeers said:
Charles, that's the kind of statement that you just got to try and explain or you'll leave most students scratching their heads. Wazzat? The Road to Damascus is the key to it all?
Charles said:
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ugg I tried to compose a response but couldn't find something that's both short and sweet. And the long one went on too long and then became endless.

Trouble is... students need a pretty good grounding in the bible to get at St. Paul.'s Romans --which is something they don't get in college these days.
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Charles how about posting the start of the long version on your blog. Then post a chapter a week from Romans with your thoughts. It sounds like an interesting discussion topic. Those interested could form a Romans study group.

I do find the Reformed connection here interesting.

Wretchard, thank you for your postings. You also have attracted a high class of commentors.

Belmont Club: a place for those who seek truth & wisdom.

7/11/2005 06:42:00 PM  
Blogger Nick and Nora Charles said...

Oh Rattlegator, please don't misunderstand me. There is absolutely no question of Richard's ability as a commentator.

My remarks are about lazy journalists who turn to a blog as a convenient quote generator without digging deeper.

Imagine how much further analysis and insight might have been gained if the journalist actually spoke (or e-mailed him).

7/11/2005 07:39:00 PM  
Blogger The Nutter said...

Glad to sort of "meet" you, Richard! IMHO you need no further credential than your writings here, even if legacy media hardly knows of you.

My first guess at your identity was actually a military college instructor with a significant connection to the Philippines. My second guess was --don't laugh now-- Condi Rice. I wondered if you were blogging anonymously to avoid foreign policy or political fallout from sharing your own perspectives.

So when can we expect a book? :-D

7/12/2005 02:46:00 AM  
Blogger Alan Kellogg said...

This makes you the second Filipino from Australia I've met. The first was a man who lived with his wife and two sons across the street from us as I was growing up. He was small and quiet, letting the wife do all the talking. The boys were fine examples of hybrid vigor.

The wife was an Aussie of British extraction BTW.

7/12/2005 03:43:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce said...

I was going to call my own post "Darth Wretchard", but settled with "The Wretch(ard) Behind the Mask". Great job, and keep it up! :)

7/15/2005 06:30:00 PM  
Blogger Brian H said...

Buddy;
EP's two-liner is actually a lift from The Elements, by Tom Lehrer. It concludes,

"There's sulfur, californium, and fermium, berkelium,
And also mendelevium, einsteinium, nobelium,
And argon, krypton, neon, radon, xenon, zinc, and rhodium,
And chlorine, carbon, cobalt, copper, tungsten, tin, and sodium.

These are the only ones of which the news has come to Ha'vard,
And there may be many others, but they haven't been discavard."

All to the tune of A Modern Major-General, of course.

7/16/2005 09:48:00 PM  
Blogger Brian H said...

Many people here seem to have stopped reading at the point you said you were originally Filipino, and missed that you are now an Ozzie. Which distinction you share with Chrenkoff, of course.

7/16/2005 09:54:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

i know someone who's name is exactly like yours. He's also from the Philippines and he's 28 years old. know what?... I'm looking for him. God bless. =>

5/16/2006 04:43:00 AM  
Blogger jake pearl said...

Mr Fernandez ! Greetings ! merely desired to say Thank you ! for your insights.wrting..wisdom.. thanks again..Boulder Person...
and, perhaps , I might dare to ask.. is it even possible to tell the true story about Islam ? I mean, according to HG Wells, Mohammed(not his real name) was an illiterate..and encountered a demon on Mt Hera in a cave... etc..(I have the facts ) but it seems the fear of unmasking this absurd 'religion' so terrifies.. anyway, we are fighting with a mirage (Under that black cloth at Mecca are some black pebbles and a meteriorite !) (they got nothing.. there have been six other versions of the Koran since the end of the 6th Cent. and none are congruent..) it is rubish from start to finish..why can't someone tell the world the real story..the TRuth ? Why not, at this stage of history..why not.. ?

1/06/2008 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger jake pearl said...

Greetings Readers ! That we might address a major concern -perhaps on the order of a London Blitzkrieg ! Our Military declare that the War is an "ideological" one..which is to say -such is Not their forte' - and, those who might -(Not the entrenched so-called scholars who preach the peace within the Qu'ran- do not read Arabic ; and, the pluralists who teach 'comparative religion' courses for the unwary (programned rich kids...) are Not honest enough ( RE:Philosopher at Boston :Peter
Kreef as what Could be- )..so, it's up to those who Can understand How to inform the Arab world that their religion is rubbish and evil: now just how could we go about it...(for the millions who swarm about the caaba, housing the meteorite and a few black pebbles ,,,at Mecca )...? -anyone paying attention here? We have a situation...there's The mess(millions of illiterates with a Tribal god religion...) until the bitter end...versus... exposing the liars encrusting our campuses with their false rhetoric... there is far more at stake here than oil. Isn't there?

1/07/2008 05:07:00 PM  

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