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March 18, 2006

H&I Fires* 17 Mar 06

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. 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...

Caption Contest at The Right Place. -The Armorer

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More journalistic malpractice - Fuzzybear Lioness

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http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2006_03_12-2006_03_18.shtml#1142701100
We all know how this will be recieved, don't we?
In an essay I read when I was knee high to a grasshopper by Jerry Pournelle I was reminded that though people claimed Vietnam was another WW1 about to generate a 'Lost Generation' more young men of draft age died in automobile accidents in 1968 than died in the entire 10 year conflict.
If Sam Clemens wasn't dead I'd shake the man's hand for coining the phrase 'There's lies, damn lies, and then there's statistics.' No offense to statisticians mind you.
The template for Vietnam was the meat grinder of WW1, what they saw as the worst conflict in mass memory. Today it's Vietnam. One can be opposed to the war for honorable, decent, and altruistic reasons; but this play on statistics seems to be void of all of those.----ry
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*A term of art from the 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 today's operating environment, right? 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".