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July 06, 2006

H&I* Fires 6 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...

Snerk. Ken Lay dies, and the fringe Kossacks are on it. The DU-er's are in their usual fine form, too. Good lord, idiots, if he was going to roll on someone he would have done it before now!

Jay at Stop The ACLU is the victim of a surf-by mugging *and* the victim of profiling... by Kossacks. Look at it this way, Jay - more traffic, free advertising, and a chance to get your particular editorial stance clearly laid out for all to see. Might as well have some lemonade. -the Armorer

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Who Betrayed the SWIFT Program?

More interesting thoughts on the SWIFT program:

...Here, the [Bush] administration endured unjust, uninformed criticism [that they weren't strongly pursuing terrorist financing] first from the GAO, then, echoed and amplified, from the press. It must have been tempting, and surely would have been politically helpful, for the administration to leak the existence of the SWIFT program and the fact that its anti-terror financing programs have been successful--have, in fact, contributed to the capture of one of the world's most wanted terrorists. But the administration didn't do that. The administration endured unjust criticism and political damage rather than expose a program that was important to the nation's defense. How sad that Bill Keller and Eric Lichtblau didn't learn from President Bush's example.

And if you haven't been reading Fun with Hand Grenades, why not? Just start here and keep on reading the previous posts (comments are good, too).

U.S.S. Ronald Reagan and her strike group are coming home to San Diego after their first deployment today! - FbL

*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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