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July 28, 2006

H&I* Fires 28 July 2006

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This story just breaks my heart. A Texas family has now lost both of their sons to the GWOT. The father, Roy Velez, said "I can't be angry. I feel like my heart's been pulled out. We've done what the Lord allowed us to do for our country." Their older son was killed in Iraq in 2004, and was awarded two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star posthumously. The medals were stolen in a home burglary in June- and were replaced on Monday, the day before news of the death of their younger son. H/T: ALa, of Blonde Sagacity
I am just so sad about this. ~AFSister
John Bolton. All right!
"John Kerry: Why not engage in a bilateral one and get the job done? That's what the Clinton Administration did."
"John Bolton: And, very poorly since the North Koreans violated the agreed framework almost from the time it was signed."

You have to love a mustachioed curmudgeon like Bolton who tells it like it is instead of playing pattycake just to get confirmed.
Read the rest and watch the video over at Gateway pundit.

*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 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".