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August 25, 2006

H&I* Fires 25 Aug 2006

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Have we mentioned it's Bill's Birthday today? Oh, yes, we have... Just makin' sure.

I want one of these. A lot.

Zombies!

Apparently they're available... whatchoo PNW'ers doing this weekend? H/t, Echo9er. -the Armorer

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DNA confirms that a young woman found wandering the streets in Austria is Natascha, a 10 year old girl who was kidnapped EIGHT years ago. WOW. Talk about a family reunion... ~AFSis

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No one was hurt, and lord knows there are greater tragedies happening on a daily basis... but as someone who just likes cathedral architecture, this is a heartbreaker. -the Armorer

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I hope you don't mind, John... but this could turn into a "bleg" post. SSG Bryan Fluharty, an "anysoldier" contact, was deployed in Iraq when he heard that his children may be being abused. When he contacts authorities, he's told he has no authority, because he's deployed and his wife is the custodial parent. It goes on... and doesn't get much better. Please.... if you know of anyone who can help SSG Fluharty (or can contribute to his legal fund)... please direct them to the Fluharty's. Thank you. (and thanks to SK for bringing this story to my attention. Bryan was one of her 'anysoldier' guys, and needless to say, she's pretty upset about this!) ~AFSis

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LTC Keith recommends that Lieutenant Watada stand trial. Based on what I know just from press reports, that sounded like a slam-dunk. But I admit that Watada's lawyer just pisses me off.

"We always believed that when they went so far as to convene an Article 32 hearing that they had already made a decision to proceed," he said.

Well, yeah, funny how that works - but I assure you, Barrister, that when I convened an Art. 32, my recommendations weren't a given. The fact that you didn't have much of a rebuttal to the public statements of your client is not really grounds for backhanding LTC Keith, who gave you plenty of opportunities to show why there was no cause.

Bubba, unless the purpose of this trial from your perspective is to provide a martyr for the cause, your comments here show you don't understand the Courts Martial. And that must be driving Watada's Trial Defense Lawyer batty.

Read the whole thing here. -the Armorer

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This is actually a rather even-handed report of a fight which ended up with US forces firing on a mosque. Especially considering the source. -the Armorer

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Heh. Damian checks in:

Heh. A burnt cathedral gets your sympathy, and a destroyed mosque doesn't? The fact that you juxstaposed the two stories in one post with regrets for one and none for the other would have the multi-cultural equivalency PC police going nuts, if they read your blog.

I get the reasons why, I just find it amusing that you put both stories in the same post. It positively invites comparison.

Well, if people were firing on US forces from the cathedral, I'd still mourn the cathedral. If we were leveling a mosque of significant architectural significance, I'd mourn that. If one of the Butler-building plastic-steepled local churches were to burn to the ground, other than the loss to the congregation, I wouldn't blink an eye, and in fact, given my aversion to the plastic steeples, would heave a secret sigh of relief.

Context matters. Sigh. And, fortunately I suspect, people like Miss Thang don't read my blog. It makes their heads explode. -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".