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May 31, 2006

H&I Fires* 31 May

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...

Villainous Company and Hugh Hewitt (MKH) offer up excellent posts with roundup and background on Haditha, highlighting the second (and more moderate in tone) wave of reporting. Steve Shippert also has some good links at MilBlogs. And Uncle J educates those of us unfamiliar with the combat environment the Marines at Haditha were facing, outlining the thought processes that should go into evaluating their battlefield responses when the investigation is complete. - FbL

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A Win - Win - Win Situation: Dig a moat the length of the border with Mexico, use the dirt to raise the levies in New Orleans and stock the moat with those truculent Florida 'gators... H/t to Mo. -- cw4(ret)billt

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Post title fixed - Fuzzy was just ahead of her time again ... *grin*.
-- The Adjutant

We aren't the only ones facing illegal immigration problems.
India has a problem not only with Pakistan but also on its NE border with Bangladesh. Carrying pretty terrible consequences as a result.

Spain is making a small wall, and shooting border crashers, between it and Morocco to combat migration from N. Africa.

And, apparently, the Germans think we do a better job of assimilation than anyone. Go figure.

No need for that moat, Cheif. A wall will do just fine.

*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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