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April 14, 2006

H&I Fires * April 154, 2006

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...

The Master of the Castle has informed me that he is busy flushing the moat or whatever it is Masters of the Castle do, so I have endeavored to put up the HI Fires post as any good, loyal, subservient *cough*..ahem...denizenne should do.

From Michael Yon's newly revised site, I discovered a great document called The Fundamentals of Company Level Counterinsurgency. My take on the subject after careful review and re-reading Clausewitz, On War: The war will not be won at gun point. This war will be won over a cup of chai in a mud hut in a village with a name no one can pronounce.

Also, Lt Kendall-Smith of the RAF got 8 months for refusing to deploy. His argument that the war was illegal under "international law" (along with the usual USA=Nazis commentary) was rejected. Prosecution reminded the courts martial that Britain was operating under a UN Mandate and an invitation by the Iraq interim government.

US Trainers and some Iraq officers (not all) still complaining that the Iraq Army's policy of not prosecuting deserters and 10 days per month leave is harming preparation and availability of deployable Iraqi forces. - Kat


The Armorer *also* wishes that Kat would not cause a heart attack by moving Gotta Submit To The Fisc day up one... I would also note that if you tried to download the "Twenty-Eight Articles" pdf from Kat's stuff above and had trouble, it is no longer hot-linked to Yon's site and will (hopefully) download much faster, and not suck Michael's bandwidth. Grumpy look at Kat for stealing tomorrow's post on the subject, too. -The Armorer


This little Rican noted that since Cassie opened a Pandora's Box a little crack this week, I thought to balance the equation a bit.

Fleshy people do not have The Fridgerator Repairman Market Squeezed. Pthpthpth! ;>

Happy Easter everyone - BOQ
Getting back to my annoying self again, and so I offer this from John Robb of Global Guerrilas fame(amoungst other things).
Is it possible he's right? That terrs are leaving because they've succeeded in their mission? Or, as Jonah would say, has he stolen a few too many bases here?
Personally, I'd feel a lot more comfortable saying Robb is wrong if there had been more Jihadis recieving their 72 virgins than the statistics seem to show(as a percentage of the total) .

Something for the China Watchers. Just as we have significant vulnerabilities, so do they. Mahan hasn't been relegated to the dustheap of history.

And just to annoy Owen and get him to comment. Rudimentary Ballistic defense exists for the US.

*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".