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June 16, 2006

H&I* Fires 16 JUN 06

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I'm a little busy - here's the keys. -The Armorer


From The Corner:

Is there any profession more self-absorbed and less self-critical than journalists? Yes, the Hollywood entertainment industry qualifies but other than that I don’t think so.

What brings this to mind is the Richard Morin column...citing researchers at Cambridge and the University of Zurich who have determined that “newspaper coverage of terrorist incidents leads directly to more attacks.”

And the Belmont Club has a very interesting post that dates from before Pres. Bush's visit to Baghdad, but shows why it (and his accompanying message) was so strategically powerful:

The plausibility of the rumor Omar reports is constructed precisely on the impression that a sell-out is in the works. Anyone who watches the MSM can feel a desire so strong it can almost be tasted. An[d] a sell-out may not be a pretty phrase to describe what the Left proposes, but that is precisely what it is. And the nice thing about these kinds of sell-outs, as the older Vietnamese and Cambodians can readily attest, is that they can be accomplished with a perfectly clear conscience. The sound track on the way to the Year Zero was "We Shall Overcome". Indeed sell-outs can be consummated with every appearance of moral superiority.

As both these excerpts show, words matter in this war... probably more than ever before. - FbL


Perhaps the Scarecrow was from Sub-Saharan Africa. What do you think?

Also.... If you haven't been to Blackfive yet, you have GOT to read Nolan's "I'm a Marine For Life" comment that was pulled up as it's own post. Makes you wanna shout "HELL YEAH!" ~AFSis


Here's your good news read as you head into the weekend--from Strategy Page:

Al Qaeda in Iraq has been virtually wiped out by the loss of an address book. The death of al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi was not as important as the capture of his address book and other planning documents in the wake of the June 7th bombing. U.S. troops are trained to quickly search for names and addresses when they stage a raid, pass that data on to a special intelligence cell, which then quickly sorts out which of the addresses should be raided immediately, before the enemy there can be warned that their identity has been compromised....So far, the June 7th strike has led to over 500 more raids.


And the next time you get all pissy about having your shoes checked at the airport - remember this. -The Armorer


*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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