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September 19, 2006

H&I* Fires 19 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...

I wrote a never ending post. But I'm not hiding it in the magazine section(shakes fist at John for not allowing me to.). Other than that I got nothin'


Argghhh!!! Mateys! It's Talk Like A Pirate Day! -the Armorer [and to help those linguistically-impaired, here's a translator]


Given that the greatest single Castle Bar expense is for tequila - this warning seems appropriate. Turn your sound down at work or around impressionable young 'uns, it's, um, well, *naughty*. -the Armorer


Sgt. B meditates on donning the uniform again.

And in case you missed the big PR push yesterday, be sure to check out SpouseBuzz, the forum for military spouses and those who support them. Once again, cheers to Andi of Andi's World for leading the way. - FbL


The guys at Powerline have an interesting take on the intersection of domestic and foreign policies:

It's perhaps understandable that, in the early going of the war on terror, our politicians would apply models of persuasion that have worked domestically. But with five years of experience under our belt (plus eight years of Clinton's gesture-laden foreign policy), we now should understand that the gesture model is persuading Arabs of things we shouldn't want them to believe and which we should hope are not true.

Check it out. - FbL


The horrors of CIA interrogation. Can I get a redo on SERE? -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. 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".

Hi Hooooo! Hi Hooooo! Name the Seven Dwarves and give the lyrics to the song they sing on their way to the mines. Easteregg.--ry