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June 30, 2006

H&I* Fires 30 June 2006

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Almost July. Year has flown. But no matter. If I have learned at least 2 things while hanging in Purgatory with Ry-Gollum, it's 1: Don't eat the moving rice and 2: I'm Batman I'm back to the land of foreign speaking devils, heat and hard labor. No, not Arizona. The hotel down the road where I'm working for a time heh.

After a six week blogging hiatus, I've FINALLY got a new post up, complete with a video highlighting the Golden Medic exercise at Ft. Gordon, Georgia. Enjoy!
-1SG Keith

Mark Levin on the Hamdan Decision. Me - I think the decision split 50/50 for the President, and laid out the path the Executive can take to get what they want... all without being required to submit to treaty obligations beyond what it already has.

Follow that up with Andy McCarthy. Perhaps Alan will weigh in and give us that Canadian Lawyer thing.

And while we wait on Alan - here's an Army Lawyer's take.

And we'll follow that with an anti-war Left fantasy from Rosa Brooks.

I've read Cobra II, Gordon and Trainor's quick history of the March Upcountry and aftermath. I was going to write a review - but I don't have anything substantial to add to Victor David Hanson's, so I won't indulge my ego and I'll just send you there.

Denizens - think we ought to add Trias to 'Roll? He's a participant in commentary *and* that would give us a vaguely leftish Aussie to balance Murray's New Zealand "Clank clank I'm a tank" tankerishness, to go with our righty Torch and lefty Alan from Canada. Still need to conquer Blighty!

BTW - Jack is back, sneaking around the 'sphere, if not here. The Contrarian Corps is rebuilding.

And you *have* to check out the results of Cassie's caption contest. Sigh. She gets the best captioners. -The Armorer

Sigh. Stand by for ram.

BEIJI, Iraq - Five U.S. Army soldiers are being investigated for allegedly raping a young woman, then killing her and three members of her family in Iraq, a U.S. military official told The Associated Press on Friday...


...However, a U.S. official close to the investigation said at least one of the soldiers, all assigned to the 502nd Infantry Regiment, has admitted his role and has been arrested. Two soldiers from the same regiment were slain this month when they were kidnapped at a checkpoint near Youssifiyah.

At least four other soldiers have had their weapons taken away and are confined to Forward Operating Base Mahmoudiyah south of Baghdad. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

Read the rest here.

If they're guilty, the impact of their actions upon the mission in Iraq must be a consideration in the punishment phase. Simply must. -The Armorer


GI Korea has some common-sense advice for the Commander of Camp Humphreys, Korea.

Changing subjects: Noonan, what's your new job again?

It's not this, is it?

Automated Ontologically-Based Link Analysis of International Web Logs for the Timely Discovery of Relevant and Credible Information

That’s the name of the study. $450,000 for three years.

Or are you the *subject*...?

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research recently began funding a new research area that includes a study of blogs. Blog research may provide information analysts and warfighters with invaluable help in fighting the war on terrorism.

Interested? Read the rest over at America's Northshore Journal. -the Armorer

Gollum. Pianos are hard.

Put something up at Kat's as part of the work release program of Castle Purgatory(it's worth it Bloodspite). Not the next installment of the series I'm working on (sorry Trias, but I'm certain your rhetorical knives will be sharpened for when that bit is ready), but something on the Fighting Keyboardists that's been on my mind since the formation.

Just keep in mind that I am part of the Castle Contrarian Corps when if you read that. It isn't meant as a slap in the face of anyone.

*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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