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June 01, 2006

H&I* Fires 01 June

[In FbL-ese it's actually June 2nd. Running and grinning. ;) ]

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...

Apparently the use of soft power and diplomacy isn't a panacea. Who knew? Apparently NOT going into Somalia and rooting out terrorists on our own and instead relying on jaw-jaw and economic incentives in Somalia has caused even MORE bloodshed. That can't be right because we all KNOW that dialogue and soft power just has to lead to a peaceful tomorrow just like Noam Chomsky tells us.

Of course it isn't right; and there is a Santa Claus, Virginia.

[The following moved up from late posting yesterday - FbL]

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, Chief. A wall will do just fine. - Ry

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[I see I had to clean up Ry's messes...again. ;) ]

Interesting. I'm not yet sure how significant the discrepancy in the interview really is, but the Army Wife blogging it is getting some very nasty comments.

CDR Salamander thinks the Navy is being extremely short-sighted. More here.

The investigation into Haditha started earlier than we thought. The payments side of things mentioned in the NY Times is not a good sign, though.

Some frightening analysis of the meaning of moves in Iran's internal politics.

Posting at Army Wife Toddler Mom, Stacy of Keep My Soldier Safe writes about having a son away at war and Homefront Six writes on the thousand tiny cuts of army life.

Oh... and I'm looking for a job. - FbL

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Funniest quote of the day, from email:

"Yeah, us Libertarians are like that. Rules here, more rules there, pretty soon it's an anarcho-capitalist dictatorship of the bourgeouisariat." Nicholas Russon, from Quotulatiousness. -The Armorer

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I'd link the underlying article, and just give ALa the hat-tip... but you have GOT to read the comments on her post about a vertically-challenged pedophile. Gawd... I love Randy Newman songs! ~AFSis

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Chuck Simmons, at North Shore Journal (formerly You Big Mouth, You!) continues his coverage of SGT Amanda Pinson, and her recent honoring by the NSA. -The Armorer

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The Army Corps of Engineers has acknowledged flaws in the design and construction of the New Orleans levee systems. Then again, they were forced in the 70's to back off from intended plans by environmental groups and local officials - isn't that lovely?
At any rate, they are taking responsibility for their design and its flaws. Good on you, LtG Strock. (Are you listening, Col. Karpinski?)
- The Adjutant

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I think I need to let my loyal and helpful readers (no snark) know - I am aware that SGT Peter Damon is suing Michael Moore. Really. I do. But since everybody else had mentioned it, I thought I would just lettit go. Bad idea!

8^D -The Armorer

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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".