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April 17, 2006

H&I Fires* 17 April

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...

On this day in 1421... Just a thought on the failure of levees. Not giving anybody slack for what happened at New Orleans - but here have been much worse. Might explain why the Van Amstel stopped by to help. They understood. Suleyman of Manhole Music Tea Room has more on the subject. What a difference sattellite uplinks in TV coverage makes in our impressions of events, eh?

1961 - Proud chapter in JFK's Presidency. The Bay of Pigs. Rather than all the usual suspects, let's take a look at the website of the Cuban exiles who attempted the invasion - Brigada di Asalto 2506. -The Armorer


Today's must-read: just because someone's nutty doesn't mean he doesn't mean what he says [h/t Chapomatic].

A Petition for Fran O'Brien's - FbL


Yep; by the looks, this here Taji is all business when it comes to a swift and vicious Tactical Urban Assault


*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".