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September 24, 2006

H&I Fires* 24 Sep 2006

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Just a reminder that terrorism really is a global problem. Maoists arrested in India with substantive arsenal. Too bad they cannot be treated like the Thugee were way back when.


Be interesting to see who blinks...

KOREA: Yankee Threatens to Go Home September 24, 2006: In another example of growing hostility of South Koreans to the presence of American troops in the country, the U.S. Air Force has threatened to move its fighter aircraft out of South Korea if the South Koreans do not, as they agreed to, start construction on a new bombing range (off the coast) within 30 days. The government agreed to this last year, but construction has been delayed by politicians opposed to the deal. As a result, American pilots must leave the country for training. The treaty covering U.S. forces in South Korea, obliges South Korea to provide these training areas. The old one was closed on the condition that a new one would be built. If the Americans go through with their threat, airpower available to defend South Korea will be cut by about twenty percent. In the event of a North Korean attack, the U.S. fighters could return within a week or so.

I sorta hope no one does. This is a relationship that really needs to change in significant ways - on both sides. H/t, Strategy Page. -the Armorer


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Sgt. Allen of Contact Right shows us his crafty side with Top 10 Deployment Uses for 550 Cord.

And on a more serious note, he also writes about going to the VFW for the first time:

They opened their meeting hall to us. They had invited us into their brotherhood. What had I done to deserve this? To see these men I thought of all they had already endured, all they had given already. And slowly an answer came to me.

Read it all. - FbL


Princess Crabby goes all political on us... and channels Algore?

SWWBO waxes eloquent about... oatmeal?

It's Gold Star Mother's Day (see below) and while this doesn't mesh entirely with the Gold Star theme... it certainly does with the Mother theme.

Fuzzybear Lioness deals with some stress, and discovers what it's like to undergo a thorough background check. No worries, Fuzzy - you'll eventually be able to sit down again.

The Snarkatron snarks the UN. Always a fun topic!

VC CAPTION CONTEST! Not to mention Coffee Snorters, Jihadi Edition. Oh, wait, I *did* mention it.

Alan's Friday Chat - always interesting. -the Armorer

Heh. I'm glad I checked before I hit post- or I woulda stomped Fuzzy's link up there! And close your html tags, Fuzzy - ya forgot a / on yer bold!


From the "Just when you thought they could go no lower" Department comes this.

For you lawyers out there, how's that for "fighting words"?

If someone said that at my dinner table, I'd stick my fork in his effing jugular. Hua. -Instapilot
H/T: Jason

*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".

*Obscure 70's cultural referent. Ha! That didn't help much, did it?

Le Chaltier says what will happen to a system at equilibrium if I play with it?