Best Defense

Against ‘brainstorming’

I dislike the term.



I dislike the term. When I have a good idea, it brings not a storm but a sense of peace. A vista opens up: “Oh, if this means X, that leads to Y.” And Z then becomes clearer. And perhaps ABC, too.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at

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