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June 26, 2006

H&I Fires 26 Jun 06

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Carnival of the Recipes, Roadtrip Edition, is available at Booklore.

If you're in the area, and are looking for something to do in the middle of the month (The Master and Mistress of Argghhh! intend to be in Seattle at the Milblogger Shootout) and can't make it to the Right Enclave on the Left Coast - try this one: The Midwest Blogmeet in Chicago, 14-16 July. They've made reservations and everything! Bloggers and readers invited, no minimums!

Other than the generic ones, I doubt we have any seriously fleshed-out plans for invading Venezuela. But if Hugo Chavez would like to make his military facilities the US Southern Bombing Range (Conditional) buying the wrong stuff from this character would be a good start.

I let this pass unremarked yesterday. I shouldn't have.

The Somme - 90 years on.

Way to go Denizenne Kat!

I wonder if my sense of duty would last this long. -The Armorer

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Very interesting. JRobb's Open Source Warfare isn't just for the Jihadis and Professional Malcontents. This woman rocks.
ry
(yeah. I know. Back to Castle Purgatory. I'm going.) [Just think of it as writing sentences, Ry]
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Adding to the "Mud Huts and Chai Tea" post below, another story about men and women in uniform doing something other than killing people and breaking things: Air Evac for girl injured in Taliban bombing of School. If you don't get it yet with all the beheadings and dead civilians, this school bombing was not an accident, was not during a larger fire fight with an opposing force nor did it harbor, protect or otherwise assist the Coalition forces. The bombing was strictly because it was a school for girls. If women can learn, if they are free, then everything about their ideology would be proven false.

Long ago, when they showed the video of the woman being executed by the Taliban (something they no longer show you) in the stadium in front of her family with a shot to the back of the head, that was not an aberration. Neither is this. This is the enemy. The same who behead Russian diplomats, Iraqi pharmacists, NGO workers, contractors and US soldiers. The same that sees a group of children around soldiers and imagines it is a good target to blow to pieces. The same that operated Fallujah torture chambers. Some folks just refuse to recognize it. - Kat

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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".