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July 14, 2006

H&I* Fires for 14 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...

I gotta tell ya, that the best dang article I have read this year, has got to be Peter Brookes "World Without America"

If somehow you have managed to miss it, then as the Terminator said: "Go! Read! NOW!" Or words to that affect anyway.

H/t: Noble Eagle

And Holy Cow Batman!!! The Diplomad may be making a Return to blogging?! Now that'll make some of us VERY happy! You heard it here first.



[Looks around] Heh. They haven't trashed the place yet, at least.

How come no one ever seems to go to jail for this kind of thing?

Headline: Microsoft Cripples the War Effort. Don't you guys understand? This war is run by PowerPoint. Is this Bill Gate's attempt to get a Nobel Peace Prize (like he needs the money...)

I'm going to go get breakfast and enjoy myself today. Y'all keep the lights on, eh? -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".