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June 28, 2006

H&I Fires* 28 June 06

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"I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! No time to say... "

Well, I've got *some* time. Iowahawk needs some help:

When I first started posting the comely mugshots of selected arrestees from Des Moines' Polk County Jail (h/t State 29), I had no idea so many readers shared my fascination with caged pulchitrude. To commemorate the anniversary of this popular feature, I think it's finally time to select the official Hawkeye Hoosegow Honey of the Year.

Vote here.

Murray is, um, well, a little *miffed* at the New Zealand justice system at the moment. Seems a little light on the justice, he thinks. I'm tending to agree - certainly in *this* case.

That'll hafta do for now. Spent most of this morning doing back-office cleanup. -The Armorer

Who says the MSM doesn't have a sense of humor? hehe.....

Deep in the heart of Texas.... an illegal Mexican drifter is put to death. THANK GOD. See ya, Railroad Killer, who brutally murdered and sometimes raped his 15 or more victims. You should have stayed in Mexico, where there's no death penalty.

Saaaaa-WEEET! "I'm free -- I'm free, and freedom tastes of reality!" Belile is free to sing whatever he wants, as long as he's not representing the US Military. It's about damn time, brass! ~AFSis


Letters from Afghanistan - from Canadian soldiers. H/t Small Dead Animals via CAPT H. - the Armorer

{gollum here. On a working parole over at The Middle Ground. John apparently thought I was getting a little too pale, a little too blind, and a little too much like a naked mole rat. [actually, Ry, that was Bill] So he let me out of CP and sent me to The Middle Ground to caretake Kat's place. I'm taking the comic books with me.}

I initially started working on this as a rebuttal of something,
but found in the writing that there was more to it. That when my wife would come in and read over my shoulder I’d hear her say, ‘I didn’t know that;’ and when she claimed I was just making stuff up she was shocked when I’d proffer a book or other reliable source to back my argumentation. If she was going thru that I realized that quite a few people didn’t understand much of the issue. There was something better to do than be Eric Cartman and write something that was Oh look, another hippy.

The anger expressed and the points made were emblematic of arguments made by many who opposed the Iraq war and have now claimed to hold more authentic support for ‘The Troops” than the rest of us. In a sense, Mr. Rodgers is right. “We have met the enemy and he is us.” But, in other sense, Mr. Rodgers, and the movement that uses his logic, is utterly wrong.

The argument breaks down into two parts essentially: 1) Iraq is not part of GWOT/The Long War; 2) Failure to provide The Troops with everything they need is a travesty, and it is, but the means to remedy the problem is to turn out the current Administration. Both points show a major misunderstanding, one I suspect exists for many on all sides of the issue, not just those like Rodgers; and is something I will attempt to clarify with a group of essays.

The first will be entitled, ‘War is hard, peace is harder, and we prepared for neither.’ It will deal with misperceptions in what ‘giving The Troops all that they need and well defined missions’ arguments carry. More than likely this will be multi-part. Actually, I guarantee you that it is.

The second will be about what the Global War on Terror is and isn’t.
(Ooops. Forgot to do my links as outlined in the CFM(Castle Field Manual): Proper Linking initially. There. Is that better?) [Marginally. we're still gonna work on that spell check thing. Wrong word, spelled right, still wrong!]


The Victoria Cross has been awarded for 150 years this year. To commemorate that event, all the living holders of the Victoria and George Crosses (for exceptional heroism not involving direct combat with the enemy) gathered for a ceremony marking the anniversary.

Overheard conversation:

The quiet heroes swapped stories and bonhomie before the ceremonial, which was to be capped by a reception hosted by the prince at St James's Square.

"How do you keep looking so good?" one VC-wearing old soldier asked his Royal Navy buddy among the GCs.

"Guinness," replied the sailor, "that's my secret: lots of Guinness."

"I'm a Viagra man myself," laughed the soldier, his chest heaving so that those "bits of metal" tinkled merrily.

I suspect Lex will approve.

Read the rest here. You want to. Really. -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".