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July 20, 2006

H&I* Fires 20 July 2006

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Political snarks aside - there are some truths in this analysis - especially since we never committed (nor do I think we would have, as a people) to this being a war as we used to understand war. We're in the midst of a new style of war - and it's a war of tribes. We've learned some valuable lessons about what works - what doesn't, and how what works in one sense doesn't work in others. But by acting, we *have* learned - the question is, how will we apply the lessons?

More brutal uncaring liberal-frightening American soldiers in action.

More on the Pat Tillman story.

Buck Sargent is coming home - and all the cool lizards are doing it! -the Armorer

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Major General (Ret) Patrick Brady. Someone you should know. Still serving until the day he shuffles off this mortal coil. H/t, Dave, the Heartless Libertarian. -the Armorer

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Boys will be boys... even when they're Marines [h/t Cassandra]. - FbL

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Very, very scary: U.S. State Department says Iranian representatives attended the N. Korean msisle tests. - FbL

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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 http://www.thedonovan.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt.cgi?__mode=view&_type=entry&blog_id=1exploding 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".