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April 18, 2006

H&I Fires* 18 April

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IS this on? Is this working? Hello?

Okay, enough screwing around.

Retired Colonel Sam Gardiner on Iran War Plans: "The Issue is Not Whether the Military Option Would Be Used But Who Approved the Start of Operations Already Anyone buying this? Not me, but this is what's being fed to quite a large number of people acrossed the aisle from most Denizens. Is it any wonder that they're apoplectic?

Or how about Billmon's take?

I just don't see it. (Thanks to John Robb who I stole the links from, and to Miss Thang who sent me the Democracy Now! piece about 10 times while I was doing my 30 min bike ride this morning).

Are we already at war with Iran? I seriously doubt it.

I see a few options:
1) CIA foments oppostition groups on a black budget.
2) We do what TPM Barnett wants. Engagement. Let Iran fall the same way the USSR did---from connectivity to the rest of the world.
3) Smash!(Air strikes)
4) Regime Change.
5) Status quo and we have a new generation of children growing up in fear of a nuclear war.

I think 5 is the way it's going to go down. I only have faith in 4, but am willing to try #2. But a #1 on steroids? I seriously doubt it.

Well, back to the cheese eating for ry.
ry

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Okay, one more and back to tutoring, becuase John will really love this one. A children's encyclopedia of artillery? In Russian?
ry

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Fuzzybear Lioness has another Update on Saving Fran O'Brien's.

Since Mother Sheehan has refused to put up a headstone for Casey, fearing that hate-mongers would deface it (she's wrong, of course, the people who dislike her aren't going to take it out on Casey - and are more likely to *dance* around hers... [no, not me, I don't want any harm to come to her], Casey's father is going to take care of it. -The Armorer

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EagleSpeak Remembers: Greetings from Shangri-La to the Emperor of Japan. -The Armorer

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Victor Davis Hanson makes me question which is worse - Iraq or California? It's all in the Eye of the Beholder.

Here's one way for you to explore D.C. during your visit, John!
- The Adjutant

{Hee! In keeping with the predilections of The Armorer, we were considering DC Ducks, even if they spell dukw wrong...]

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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".

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