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August 18, 2006

H&I* Fires 18 Aug 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...


Fuzzybear Lioness has a visitor from somewhere east of Kos. Aside from dissing Enormous State Universities of the Interior, he's spouting all the usual anti-war blather. Not the comparatively well thought out and generally supported cherry picking of Owen, but the more usual Moonbat Ravings of Emotion trumping anything else with that soupçon of even if you're retired military you can't have an opinion on the war, because you aren't fighting it. Unless it's an anti-opinion, of course. That's *always* a moral stance and allowed... If you're bored and would like to go watch the debate, especially you warfighters, since you apparently *are* allowed an opinion, do go visit. -the Armorer


In order to break the compulsive obsessions of any Doughie whothinksherulestheuniversebutreallycan’tevencontrolhisownbowelmovements, one has to:
1) Approach The Doughie in a calm but assertive manner.
2) Convince The Doughie that you are The Alfa in the pack.
3) Once The Offending Doughie assumes a submissive posture, break his obsession, with more constructive behaviour.

Such as focusing on the Gentler Gender in the Toughest Profession Courtesy of the IDF. (Similar to my post a few months back), – BOQ (The Troll Whisperer)


Lieutenant Watada versus the Man, update.

In response to defense questions, Keith affirmed he was open to considering arguments about the war's legality and allowed Boyle, former United Nations Undersecretary Denis Halliday and retired Col. Ann Wright to speak about the legality and conduct of the war. Boyle, an outspoken critic of the administration policy in Iraq, went into considerable detail about the rules for war as detailed in the Army Field Manual. He accused the administration of using fraudulent means to persuade Congress to authorize the war, twice-failing to get U.N. Security Council authorization for the war and then allowing war crimes to occur.

Keith listened, his finger on his chin.

In questioning, he appeared skeptical.

"I am struggling with the connection between what you have just discussed ... and how that relates to Lt. Watada," Keith told Boyle at one point during the professor's testimony.

Read the whole thing here.

General Pace talks to the troops. The troops express some understandable frustrations.

Pace said his talks with troops reassured him that they are proud of what they're doing and satisfied with what they've accomplished.

But he also said he detected among them "some frustration at the Iraqis for not yet grasping the opportunity that's in front of them."

Rival Shiite and Sunni sects have failed to reconcile their differences and establish an effective government capable of taking over security responsibilities for the country.

Pace said the troops feel, "`We're doing our part. When is the (Iraqi) governance part going to kick in?' And that's a fair question."

Pushing Iraqis along for three years through formation of an interim government, the writing of their constitution and election of the current government - only to have the fighting worsen - has grown old for many in civilian and military quarters.

Read the rest here. -the Armorer


Smash plays 20 questions. Worth the read. He wields Occam's Razor ruthlessly. -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".