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August 23, 2006

H&I* Fires 23 Aug 2006

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It's a very busy morning this morning, so content is... slight. You guys can take up the slack, eh?

Max Boot - asserts Israel should pretty much just go ahead and take out Syria, while it can, regaining the initiative. Being a pundit means never having to take responsibility for your advice, either... at least not often.

'WE ARE walking with open eyes into our next war."

The pessimism of a senior Israeli official who made that comment on Aug. 13 was striking because he had just finished telling a group of security analysts brought to Israel by the American Jewish Committee that the United Nations-brokered cease-fire had achieved many of Israel's goals. But he had no illusions that this would represent anything more than a temporary halt in the fight between Israel and the Quartet of Evil seeking to dominate the Middle East — Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah.

Of course, doesn't mean he's wrong, but it is easy to recommend, hard to decide.

Especially when a noisy chunk of the people who you'd be sending out to do that are calling for your head, instead - as Olmert and Co. are finding.

Some of the harshest criticism has come from military reservists, whose voices carry great weight in Israeli society. The veterans protesting in Jerusalem on Tuesday evening demanded that Olmert, his defense minister and the army's chief of staff step down.

The demonstrators accused the three of rushing into full-scale armed conflict without having adequately laid the military groundwork, and then of dithering over the war's objectives and how to realize them. That resulted in confusing and sometimes needlessly perilous orders on the ground, they said.

"The big heads should be the ones to go," said Yossi Avigor, 29, a reserve infantryman who spent two weeks fighting in western Lebanon. "They tried, they failed, they should go home."

Families of fallen soldiers, as well as civic groups upset by the state's treatment of northern Israelis who spent weeks under attack from Hezbollah rockets, also have castigated the nation's leaders. The opposition from so many quarters has presented Olmert's young government with its severest crisis in less than four months in power.

With many Israelis concluding that the war achieved few of the government's stated aims — including the rescue of two reservists whose July 12 capture by Hezbollah guerrillas sparked the offensive — Olmert is under intense pressure to find a way to prevent the backlash from knocking him and his fledgling Kadima party out of office.

Officials are acutely aware that discontent among reserve soldiers, and the mass movement it sparked, helped bring down the government of former Prime Minister Golda Meir after the 1973 Yom Kippur War, a confrontation in which Israel was caught unprepared.

I'm ambivalent about military personnel getting this directly involved in politics - governments should run armies, not vice-versa, but theirs is a voice that should be heeded, as well. Of course, national character/culture matters when it comes to determining how dangerous it is for the soldiery to express themselves, and Israel's strikes me as pretty robust in that regard. Read the rest here. -the Armorer

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Take a look at this. I asked Newt what he thought about the somewhat lacking checks and balances our judicial system seems to sport. Haven't got an answer yet. Odd. (Heh) If he deigns to respond I shall pass it on...H/T to Glenn - Instapilot

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Dude.... Your p&nis pump is DA BOMB! ~Giggling AFSis

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As always, The USMC is First to Fight. - BOQ

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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 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".