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August 04, 2006

H&I* Fires 4 Aug 2006

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Today is my day on the Tanker Brothers Rolling Victory Fast! Click here and join me! -Princess Crabby


News from the Front:





The MSM doesn't cover it much, so I will. And for the one emailer who said I'm just a propaganda shill... it's not strikingly different from subscribing to the AP feed, or accepting Hezbollah agitprop at face value. This is just letting the other side be heard. Fair and balanced, right? -the Armorer


Commander Salamander directs us to some Purple Gun Pr0n. We thankee kindly, 'Phibian, but we do note this topic was covered in this space on February 19, 2004... ;^) [goes back to stirring the fire] -the Armorer


Flags of our Sons. Worth the read. -the Armorer


Ah... I found an answer to Owen's question about TOW's he asked in the comments. They're Iranian-made, reverse engineered from the TOW's that Ollie North sent Iran while doing his Arms for Hostages work during the Reagan Administration. The Law of Unintended Consequences at work. I only wish we could usefully retroactively fire everybody for decisions made in the here and now, legal or illegale, that didn't work out in the then and there.

Oliver North eventually brokered the sale to the desparate Iranians of at least 1,000 TOW missiles, along with other military supplies, at dramatically inflated prices. The Iranians were able to use these advanced anti-armor missiles to largely negate the Iraqi advantage in armor, though the Iraqis continued to inflict terrible losses using chemical weapons.

You can read the rest of that bit here, by J. C. Wilmore, who blogs at the Richmond Democrat.


So, I guess now we're supposed to don sack cloth and ashes. Sorry, dude. Shoot, we found M36 Jackson tank destroyers in the Balkans. I suppose we have to lay the blame for that squarely at the feet of Roosevelt and Truman. Oh, no. Of course not. We have to blame Eisenhower! The world is a harsh place, not much improved by the efforts of either side of the political spectrum. Besides, you know I pick on everybody, because they're all stupid. I guess you'll have to hope Ry rises to the bait... ;^) It's easy to snipe and nip at coat-tails Owen, especially after the fact. Historians make a living at it... I know I do. -the Armorer


By the way, TOWs aren't the only sophisticated AT missiles that Hezbollah has. They've got Russian AT-7 Metis-M and French Milan missiles, too. Just sayin'. -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 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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