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October 01, 2006

H&I Fires* 01 OCT 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...

Answer to yesterday's easteregg: Stripes.

I have found the music that introduces Princess Crabby. Here's the lyrics too.

Jules Crittenden - writing in the Boston Herald about The Good News From Iraq.

Hee! I'd go to a fundraiser like this one. I'll send this to Ryun, Brownback, and Roberts! -the Armorer


I've (finally) posted my review of Michael Weisskopf's Blood Brothers. In a nutshell: buy it. - FbL


I've been silent on the NIE, because while I have an opinion, I know it's uninformed. In the event, perhaps, not as uninformed as I thought, having been a high-level staff weenie - as The American Thinker points out. I thought the thing was ass-covering parading as useless gibberish with a frisson of back-stabbing. Turns out I was closer than I thought. -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".