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July 03, 2006

H&I* Fires 3 July 2006

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

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{Gollum. Pianos are still hard (touches head bruises). The sun burrrnnnnsssss ussssssss. We're seriously regretting leaving Castle Purgatory on work release on account of that (touches sunburned arm. Owwie!)}
I’ve put something new up at Kat's for you to kill time and brain cells with. Like the rest of you I can't wait for her to get back. She's smarter, a better writer, and better looking.

And have any of the heavyweights here read my first real essay over there? Even if it's telling me an idiot(so long as I'm also told why I'm an idiot) I'd love to get some feedback from you guys.
ry
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Izzat a sly swipe at me I detect up there, Ry? [Unlids the Hairy Eyeball]

Those wacky Baathists!

A dog-faced soldier in front of naked women in Iraq. This wall-sized mural was found behind a sheet in a former ambassador’s house on a raid. He had photos of Saddam all over the place as well as one of him with Andrei Gromyko not to mention an armory of AK47s, and RPG launcher, sticks of dynamite, grenades, and over 15 million Dinar stashed in a hidden room behind a 600-pound armoire.  H/t, Strategy Page www.strategypage.com



A dog-faced soldier in front of naked women in Iraq. This wall-sized mural was found behind a sheet in a former ambassador’s house on a raid. He had photos of Saddam all over the place as well as one of him with Andrei Gromyko not to mention an armory of AK47s, and RPG launcher, sticks of dynamite, grenades, and over 15 million Dinar stashed in a hidden room behind a 600-pound armoire.

They like their wimmin zaftig. Me too.

H/t, those purveyors of pr0n over at Strategy Page.

Here's an interesting take on term limits (the removal thereof) to replace them with "competitive districting." Though how that changes being beholden to special interests, I'm not sure. I like the idea of metaphorical heads on pikes, but the electorate just won't do it all that often. Mebbe it's time to try *drafting* people... excluding of course, those dimwitted enough to buy lottery tickets. Oops. That's me.

Here's another one that resonates... slightly. Wanted: President - no MBA required. While it takes half-heartedly obligatory swipes at both sides, it's pretty much a slam of the author's interpretation of the Republican Beau Ideal of a President. He does manage to put McNamara and Rumsfeld on the same ideological/vocational shelf, which is somewhat bemusing, too - which doesn't make it wrong (full disclosure, I currently work as a military analyst in a Operations Research organization, so I'm hardly objective - though that doesn't mean what you're thinking either if you are new to this space). This guy longs for the decisiveness of Carter, with the rhetorical skills of Clinton and Reagan. -The Armorer

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30 years ago today: Operation Jonathan.

On Saturday, July 3, shortly after dawn, the combat units loaded their equipment, and drove on deserted roads to a nearby airbase, where ground crews loaded them and their vehicles securely in the cargo space of the C-130s. IDF doctors and medical orderlies were loaded on board the "hospital" Boeing 707. At 13:20, they were airborne, southbound for Ophir at the tip of the Sinai peninsula, where they refueled and then headed for Entebbe. With the planes already in the air, the full Israeli cabinet met and gave final approval.

Too bad the missing Israeli soldier can't be rescued as comparatively simply. -The Armorer

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Nick-Nack, the pussycat who gave the dog a bone - grows up and goes into business for himself. (that will make a *lot* more sense if you follow the links in sequence) -The Armorer

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Reveille. 'Nuff Said. H/t, Mrs. Greyhawk. -the Armorer

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{Sigh. Gollum can't catch a break. Knowing we was dead tired and not wanting to screw stuff up so we save it as a draft instead of posting, but wanting to put an idea to 'lectrons lest we lose it, we get blamed for stuff we didn't do. Evil Tribbles. Don't make us bite your ring finger off.}
Grim's got something interesting to read over at Milblogs. Mosey on over and check it out. Pleeease. {Maybe this will get The Armorer's Boot off of our neck?}
ry
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{Umph. Guess that didn't appease The Armorer. Umph. Hey, I'm trying to type here. Umph.}
I've put new stuff up at Kat's to kill your brain cells with. Yes, I imagine you're all sick of reading Gollum over there. Yeah, Gollum's sick of Gollum too. Can't wait until Kat comes back because she's smarter, a better writer, and better looking than me.
{There. Does that make you happy? You now realize that wasn't snarkage targeted at you earlier in the day, Armorer? Can't a guy cap on himself without being harassed? Huh? Umph. (muffled and nasally) Guess not.}
ry
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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".