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September 26, 2006

H&I Fires* 26 Sep 2006

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Ah, Barnett’s in fine form. Doing anything other than what the terrorists want is likely to make them angry. If the NIE report came back saying anything other than ‘the Injuns are restless’ I’d have wondered what they were drinking, and wondering how I could get myself some of it.

Yes, collateral damage is a problem. But that’s what the SysAdmin/‘Everything Else’ is to deal with and mitigate. That’s what a robust civil affairs and policing arm freed from the ‘gee it sure is fun to blow chit up’ element would do, without confusing the guys who have to do the job up with conflicting ideas about what their job is, much less handing them a job that is at times oxymoronic (“Engage the enemy and kill him with malice, but don’t offend the locals while doing it.”????????????)

We paid for a Swiss Army knife, a big cutting blade with a bunch of less than mediocre implements for a wide range of other jobs, because we, collectively, felt that we had the strategy we could repeat, the Powell Doctrine, that fit the amount we were willing to pay during a time when we saw no smoke signals on the horizon. We are now kicking ourselves that we did not buy a full set of tools with which to build the house that will be Iraq with. Doom on us. (If PG-17 twitches over that I’m coming after who ever fed him a Vietnamese dictionary.)

I don’t care about the source or the words the source uses around this. A worthy read of what three officers (MajGen Batiste, Maj Gen Eaton, and Col. Hammes (author of The Sling and The Stone)) have to say about the passing scene. It is always worth reading what intelligent and informed critics have to say. They may have a point. Kool-aid drinkers on the other hand……
(blatantly snatched off the pages of memeorandum)

Another bit stolen off the presses of Memeorandum, but still ever worth the read:
Care to provide evidence of this MRW and MRWM conspiracy to tar you and your administration Mr. Clinton? That's okay, others are willing to step up and take the Pepsi challenge on that.

LarryK asks this question:

Which military organization is now responsible for air intercept missions over the US Capitol?

No … not the one with the F-16’s

No … not the one with the F-18’s

Third guess is a charm

Give up? These guys. -the Armorer


Bloggers will join Bush in bill-signing ceremony.

Yay us! Bloggers, I mean. Not the Castle in particular. -the Armorer.


Yay the Poms!

British troops in Iraq said on Monday they had killed a senior al Qaeda figure who escaped from a U.S. prison in Afghanistan in 2005.

Omar Faruq was shot dead while resisting arrest during a pre-dawn raid by about 200 British troops in Iraq's second biggest city, Basra, British military spokesman Major Charlie Burbridge said.

More here. -the Armorer


Varifrank went to see Flyboys... and hated it. Which is being, oh, I don't know, charitable in my description of his reaction. Interesting how the baggage you take into the theater affects your perception of what's on the screen. I went to be entertained and see old stuff - he went to see a good flying movie. I wasn't as dismayed by the flying scenes, as I had low expectations... Varifrank got an ulcer, seemingly. Neffi, Bill, Dusty, Gwedd - yer warned. H/t, BCR. -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".

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

Beloved but lame sitcoms for $200 please, Alex.

Jack, Janet, and Chrissy. 'Come and knock on our door...'.

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