SitRep: Le Coup D’oeil in about 500 words
Stripped of metaphor and of the restrictions imposed on it by the phrase, the concept merely refers to the quick recognition of a truth that the mind would ordinarily miss or would perceive only after long study and reflection. – Clausewitz, On War
This blog was founded on an adapted use of the phrase le coup d’oeil and as such its authors have focused on larger issues with global ramifications in an attempt “to illuminate, however slightly, the opacity of this world.” Though the format has been adjusted several times, the content has stayed true to the original idea. In an attempt to create shorter, more frequent posts, the writers of this blog are creating an additional format that adheres more to Clausewitz’s original definition of le coup d’oeil, namely the idea of a “quick recognition of truth.” These short posts, called Sitreps (short for situation reports), will stake a position which attempts to predict the outcome of a current event.
The goal is to increase our own le coup d’oeil and as such, we will occasionally get the outcome wrong. As with all posts, we encourage you to challenge our assertions or agree with them.
- Michael Ross & C. Ryan Knight