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March 22, 2006

H&I Fires* 22 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...

More proposed airline fees to enhance the old revenue stream. Some of you will be gratified to find your suggestions from the earlier thread on the subject have been addressed.

Aviator souls laid bare...

Good night and good morning to those of you in yesterday... -Tired Armorer

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Bald Eagle offers up his thoughts about being the husband of one of our favorite deployed female Soldiers, Grey Eagle. *tissue alert* ~AFSis

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A blonde woman was speeding down the road in her little red sports car
and was pulled over by a woman police officer who was also a blonde.

The blonde cop asked to see the blonde driver's license. She dug
through her purse and was getting progressively more agitated. "What does it
look like? She finally asked.

The policewoman replied "It's square and it has your picture on it."

The driver finally found a square mirror in her purse, looked at it
and handed it to the policewoman. "Here it is," she said.

The blonde officer looked at the mirror, then handed it back saying,
"Okay, you can go. I didn't realize you were a cop."

- Barb

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Here's an interesting bit of realpolitik from the Left Coast:

In short, there is no hope of a short-term escape from our current predicament. The Pentagon might as well stop leaking information about how it's preparing for troop withdrawals — which is what it's been saying since the spring of 2003. Every such leak emboldens our enemies, discourages our allies, decreases our political leverage and makes all sides in Iraq less willing to rely on U.S. security guarantees.

Who'd a-thunk the LA Times would stop dipping the Op-Ed page in Kool-Aid? - cw4(ret)billt

*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".