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March 27, 2006

H&I Fires* 27 Mar 06

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[Hopefully John won't kill me for butting in and posting H&I Fires for today. I figured he's jet-lagged and over-worked, so I thought I'd help out...]

[Yay!~ Initiative! -The Armorer]

Mrs. Greyhawk's indispensable Dawn
Patrol
has a couple of must-reads today. Start with this column by a wounded Marine. Then jump over to what may be the most appalling reporting ever from a major American journalist in Baghdad. I really don't have words to describe it. Video here.

Greyhawk himself points out Operations in Iraq that have gone largely unreported.

A proactive response to the problem of Mexican illegal immigration - Fuzzybear Lioness

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Something that really annoys me about the whole Israel/Palestine issue is Rachel Corrie. She died by trying to use her status as an American(and political hell that would be unleashed if something untoward happened to her) to change Israeli policy about demolishing homes that Palestinians used to smuggle arms in to use in terror attacks. Corrie got run over by a catepillar tractor in a bizare game of chicken.

The problem is Ms. Corrie was wrong.

But never let facts get into the way of myth making seems to be the order of the day in certain circles. Rachel Corrie was a brave, but entirely stupid and naive, idealistic young woman. Like the Calormen in the Last Battle I believe this young woman made her Journey Onward and Inward because she ultimately wasn't evil---just stupid.

She isn't a hero. She isn't a martyr. She's just a poor dead girl who got caught up in things she didn't understand and in the romanticism of ideological protest. Poor girl. May God keep her and protect her, but she isn't a hero. - ry (and I'm certain I'll get into trouble over this one)

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Thanks to commentor Carrie for pointing out the Run for the Warriors, for those in the Camp Lejeune area. - Adjutant

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I see the Adjutant beat me too it, but I'll add the following: The wounded Marine author of the column linked above is LtCol Maxwell, who helped create the Wounded Warrior Barracks he mentions in his column. The "Run for the Warriors" event will be benefiting the Barracks (among other projects). Click here for a profile of the Barracks program. - Fuzzybear Lioness

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During the Clinton Administration, some Active Duty MilBloggers got spanked for exercizing a Freedom of Speech right that Active Duty folks do *not* possess: in plain language, "When Thou Art Wearing the Uniform, Thou Shalt Not Criticize Thy Commander-in-Chief." And you wear the uniform 24/7 when you're Title 10, even during "off-duty" hours.

Now Yankee Sailor fires a shot across the bow of someone who should certainly know better who got carried away and violated the same Commandment -- Article 134, the catchall... - cw4(ret)billt

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I don't get no respect. No respect at all. So *this* is what Bill feels like... I am moved to sing...

"Hang down your head, John Donovan,
Hang down your head and cry.
Trusted an Army caption,
Your "friends" hung you out to dry..."

Heh. Filed under "Petard, own, hoisted by. -The Armorer

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I am moved to sing...

Must've been the cucumber kimchi. - 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".*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".

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