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August 14, 2006

H&I* Fires 14 Aug 2006

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As one who understands that military spokesmen have to toe the party line, I find this one a bit tough to swallow.

"There is nothing that we definitively have found to say that there are any Iranians operating within the country of Iraq," Major General William Caldwell, the top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, told a news conference.

If you say so, General.

Has President Bush lost the National Review?

Hezbollah will have much rebuilding to do, and for a while will find it harder to operate. But it emerges from the conflict a winner. It scores an incalculable propaganda victory by having successfully stood up to Israel, and enjoys a surge of support from the Lebanese reaction against the Israeli bombing campaign. It lives to fight another day — and fight it will. Its patrons, Syria and Iran, can only be delighted. In addition to winning in Lebanon, Iran has the upper hand both in Iraq and in the contest over whether it will be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. If current trends continue, the Bush administration’s project in the Middle East will require the same sort of expedient we have just seen in the Israel–Lebanon conflict: a papering over of what is essentially a failure.

Of course, having opinions is easy (just see this space) making the decisions and getting things done is a lot harder. -the Armorer

... And as we patiently wait for the next seal to crack open, yet another sign is upon us. *****.

Ah; I can here those two pair of Horsemen comming 'round the bend any moment now. - BOQ


[Links fixed--ed.] Having been justly chastized by the Armorer, I offer this humble attempt to remove myself from citizenship in "Lazy-Denizen Land:" Stickers and Magnets and Well-worn Words. - FbL

Midday Muster....
Lex posted a story about a little boy named Diego who died recently. He was only six, but went to Heaven with the rank of Honorary Chief Petty Officer. His Dad is a Navy man, and Diego wanted to follow in his Dad's footsteps.

Diego's Mom found Lex's post, and invited us to read and leave comments on his CarePage. (Yes, you have to register, but it only takes a minute of your time to do so) Diego loved his CarePage- thought it made him "famous". He wanted to get 2,000 comments. Mine was number 2,967.

His mother's strength is amazing. In the blog, you'll see glimpses of their lives- including an invitation to celebrate the life of Diego Santiago, and orders to "Come like we come to Jesus…Just As You Are! (Diego went to heaven in Spider Man pajama pants and a “Fruit of the Loom” white cotton t-shirt!)"

My youngest, who is the same age as Diego, LOVES Spiderman, and has Spidey pj's too. I bet I tear up the next time I hug and kiss my baby... knowing that Diego's mommy can't do that anymore. ~AFSis


… As the galloping continues, what would the state of this pretty little village be, if this Mk82 would have gone POP? - BOQ


Perhaps more importantly, Boq - what what would the state of this pretty little village be if it had gone off while being handled by the idiot who wiped the markings so he could catch 'em on the photo? -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".

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