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September 04, 2006

H&I* Fires 4 Sep 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...

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Since we count a labor union member among Staff here at Castle Argghhh! - Happy Labor Day!

Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter, RIP. I suspect if Steve had to choose, he'd have preferred this to being crocodile poop. Nonetheless, comedians the world over will have to find a new source to mine. Here's hoping you were in Heaven's Zoo 30 minutes before Satan knew you were dead, Steve. [Online readers are seeking information about about Steve in such high volume they have apparently overloaded Australian news websites. - FbL]

Moving on -as mentioned in this space previously, Adam Gadahn, Al-Qaeda's "Voice to America" called on the west to switch sides, covert, or die. I believe the Canadian Army has given our answer - 200 Taliban dead to escort 4 Canadians across the Rainbow Bridge. Like I said yesterday Adam - we're just holding up a mirror - you switch sides. Y'know, like... well, no, *not* like this...

Moving along to Denizen Blogs... Fuzzybear Lioness gives (good) relationship advice and ponders the nature of buddyhood.

Princess Crabby is - well, Princess Crabby.

Castle Adjutant Barb - on Staying the Course.

Over at LDM, the Grand Poobah had a Caption Contest. You've *got* to check the winning caption!

AFSis, language maven. Who knew?

As ever - The Torch is a good place to keep up on Canadian Warriors Warring. I do find this bit bemusing, and, in a sense, a telling commentary regarding commitment by governments and people (this on *both* sides of the border, mind you):

Canada is negotiating with the Pentagon to obtain either priority access for transportation of troops on U.S. helicopters in Afghanistan or to lease American choppers in the south Asian country until the military can get its own there sometime in the next three years.

The discussions are designed to give Canadian soldiers in Kandahar assured access to Chinook helicopters, a capability military planners see as critical to move around the battlefield as well as to reduce the number of casualties.

...to lease American choppers in the south Asian country until the military can get its own there sometime in the next three years. Funny thing about lift, once the shooting starts, you never have enough. Once the shooting stops, you always have too much. Of course, the problem is, when the budget drives everything, the delta is covered by... blood.

JTG, keeping an eye out for his own, so to speak, expresses his outrage at *this* outrage. I'm leaning to... odious, I think.

Trias gets all wrapped up in Narcissism...

Hey, Ry - Murray's looking for play-testers! -the Armorer

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Andi, over at Milblogs, points out the new Media Relations Blitz from the Taliban...

"From today, I want to tell journalists that if in future they use wrong information from coalition forces or NATO we will target those journalists and media," Dadullah said. "We have the Islamic right to kill these journalists and media."

We should watch this development closely - if journo's keep converting to Islam and start reporting as they're told by the Taliban/Al-Qaeda... well, if it works, mebbe the DoD media relations manuals need to be re-written...**

Just sayin'.

Whatcha think, Owen? You're a journalist...

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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".

**If you're entirely clueless that you are about to post in outrage at my Swiftian modest proposal... look up irony and satire in the dictionary.

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