I am very pleased to note the success of Lawfare in attracting readers and in shaping the law/national security debate, and not just because I guest-blogged at Lawfare one time, or because Jack Goldsmith once had nice things to say in passing about an article I wrote. Rather, I am pleased by Lawfare’s success because I think that the site does a wonderful job of discussing the intersection of law and national security. Its writers are terrific at both reporting law/national security news and at writing what they think about the latest developments in the field. That’s no mean feat. Lawfare’s writers clearly have strong opinions on the issues of the day, but they respect their readership enough to give them oodles of relevant, timely and important information so that readers can make up their own minds on the issues the site covers and discusses. I like blogs that treat their readers like smart people, and Lawfare is a prime example of a blog that makes the Internet a better place by markedly improving the level of online conversation and discourse.
The blog has now transformed into a non-profit institute. It is soliciting donations to help with site maintenance, and it will be applying for tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. Of course, I heartily encourage you to support this blog, but you should support Lawfare and the Lawfare Institute as well–for a better blogosphere, better reporting and editorializing on law and national security issues, and a higher quality of discussion on policy formulation and implementation.