A couple of readers have expressed concern regarding recent attention to non-US terrorism-related stories. Readership also dips a bit when the main post has an international focus.
My contributions to HLSwatch will focus mostly on CONUS (CONtiguous US) – as well as Alaska, Hawaii, and the terroritories – as opposed to OCONUS (Outside CONtiguous US).
The exception will be when I perceive an OCONUS situation has potential strategic implications for CONUS. Much as a weather forecaster keeps an eye on Pacific currents or Sahara sandstorms for early signals of problems ahead, I try to be alert to emerging signals OCONUS. Right now the Horn of Africa, Hindu Kush, Mexico, and Europe seem to be spawning grounds for storms that could sweep into the United States.