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June 22, 2006

H&I Fires* 22 June 06

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Here's the keys, guys - I'm outta here. -The Armorer


Some lighter fare to start your day... Top 10 Signs it's Summer in the Arizona Desert.

A reminder: the Valour-IT project blog has the latest news, along with resources and advice on how to spread the word in your community. - FbL


International Society of the Red Cross, Red Crescent and Red Star. -the Armorer

{Gollum. Still in Purgatory. Though we've found the comic books we hid while cleaning when John came back from Korea. Oh, and there seems to be another resident now. But, I refuse to clean the Cloaca. R. E. F. U. S. E. There's some jobs that are below even Gollum.}

I really wonder if these guys have thought everything thru? Wouldn't even so much as single Tomahawk hitting the launch pad lead to general war that ravages the Korean Peninsula? I can't see the Chia Dictator being cowed by this. More likely he'd order his artillery to level Seoul and kill the inhabitants with his stockpile of chemical shells. I wonder if these guys failed to learn from the mistakes of Dugout Doug (arrogant displays of force with small forces/gestures meant to intimidate a smaller power NOT WORKING. 'No more Task Force Smiths!')?

Of course, there's the rumors that we know where they've dug in all that artillery and where their armored divisions are placed to jump off. So, a major strike *might* reduce the carnage. But is this smart? Unless we're prepared to unify Korea and fight one seriously, short, brutal, and costly war I think these guys are barking at the moon. But, what do you expect from the Clinton staffers?

I don't buy their claim that there's no reason to attack S. Korea. Why? The same talks haven't caused a shift of DPRK forces away from dispositions that really only make sense to invade S. Korea. They haven't repositioned to face off against the US. They're still looking down the Peninsula and set up to attack. And of course Kim would play it as 'Just War' becuase he's acting to prevent attacks he 'knows are coming' (thanks for creating such a binary def'n of Just War loudmouths. Never thought about the Blackhats co-opting your arguments didja?)

The only bright spot, imho, is that finally, we have people admitting that diplomacy can and does fail. That's a big step toward having reason return to foriegn policy.

It starts when you see the jihadis wearing American Tennis Shoes. How to win the ideological war: send them Levis.

I agree with Peggy Noonan - Barking Moonbats - Kat

*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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