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February 01, 2006

H&I Fires* 1 Feb 06

Open post for those with something to share. New, complete posts come in below. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

CAPT H Sends:


Note that we do not cover Hawaii.
Will be the counterpart for US NorthCom; does not include NORAD forces.

I'll sleep better at night knowing the Forces are protecting the maple syrup supply... and some other stuff. Having never been there, I guess I'm not too concerned about Hawaii being uncovered. I'll leave that to Cdr Salamander and Lex to worry about.

I, too, am not happy about the fact that there are no truly senior scalps hanging out there on the torture issue. And I was surprised by the Welshofer punishment. Here is an alternate view of the trial - but mostly a cry for accountability - which, deep down, I share.

If the facts are simply as presented, (note the there is no government response yet - not that I can really imagine what that will be that will justify *not* paying these expenses) this suit should proceed, and proceed to victory. And the respective governments, Massachusetts and United States, should settle, soon, and this never make it to trial.

I can understand the apology, from a practical aspect. But I want to know why is it Muslims get to be all hissy about dissing Mohammed, and are kowtowed to on the issue, while Christians are vilified as being too sensitive and unsophisticated for being upset by Crucifixes in Urine, the Virgin Mary covered in excrement, etc?

Prince Harry to Iraq. Good on him, good on the Royals. No, I don't think that the Bush Twins should be forced to join and go. But I would think it was cool if they did, though I wouldn't be thrilled to be their commanding officer... H/t, CAPT H. -The Armorer


Greyhawk has a nice roundup of issues surrounding National Guard recruitment.

Soldiers in Iraq respond to news coverage of the wounded journalists - Fuzzybear Lioness

"Open Season on Canadians?" Hardly.

CTV News said the Canadian vehicle was travelling alone, en route from the British legation to Canada’s quarters in Baghdad, when it attempted to pass the U.S. convoy on the road ahead and failed to respond to American troops.

The troops first tried hand signals, which didn’t cause the car to stop, CTV said, and then shot over the vehicle, and then fired two shots into the engine block and a third into the lower front windshield.

Open season would be shooting into the passenger compartment, not engine block. One wonders what was going on inside the Canadian Contingent's minds when they started passing the convoy and attracted all that attention? -The Armorer


Shameless Sucking Up to the *Really* Big Bloggers: The Lady Christine's meme has just gone international. Check the update to see who she's recruited... - cw4(ret)billt


Heh. Not being a regular reader of the Washington Post, I missed this cartoon.


These gentlemen didn't. H/t, the Corner. -The Armorer


John gave me the keys to post in his "H&I Fires" when he first started them, but I had yet to take advantage of the opportunity becuase of those darn distractions in what we derisively term the "real world" as opposed to our quasi-utopian blogworld here.

I might as well use my inaugual to point out the three-year anniversary of blogging at Random Fate, especially since most else of what I post would be rather too contrarian for the Denizens and visitors of the Castle here! -Jack


*A term of art from artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to todays operating environment... but, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to that particular topic. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".