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October 24, 2006

H&I* Fires 24 OCT 2006

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Happy Birthday UN... heh.

Remember the story on the females booted from SAS training for, well, allegedly they were booted for *not* failing? Here's more.

The Right Place offers up the RPI, Right Place Index, as a scorecard for Congress from a Conservative perspective. I'm having an email conversation with a Tammy Duckworth supporter, which may make it into posting later this week. He thinks I'm ripe for plucking for voting for "moderate" Dems as he portrays (and she may well be) Duckworth. John Hawkins captures my problem with that approach:

Democrats who are above the 20 RPI level can sometimes be reasonable, but one must always remember that they usually hold little or no sway on their party's hard-core liberal leadership, yet vote to put those same hard-core liberals in charge in votes on organization of leadership and committees. If you learn nothing else from this exercise, always remember that!

A vote for Duckworth is *also* a vote for Dingell, Conyers, Pelosi, et. cie, and *they* will have the power. Not Tammy Duckworth. Just sayin'. -the Armorer


Please, not again. Another U.S. soldier missing and presumed kidnapped in Iraq. Reports are confusing, but he is believed to be an officer of Iraqi descent, which I suspect the insurgents/terrorists would consider a great coup. - FbL


*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".