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November 04, 2006

H&I* Fires 4 NOV 2006

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Is the void of silence darkening your spirit? Does your local fish wrapper, makes you want to throw your chesterfield out the window? We may also feel down, for our losses close to home; or just plain frustrated at the lack of compassion of our fellow brethren.

It is in times like these that, we have to remind ourselves to relearn to laugh like BABIES.

Charles Osgood reminds us that: Babies are pure potential. You pick up a little baby and… you feel that you’re holding the future of the earth and sky. All of it, everything is brand new again. Babies help us to put the changing world into perspective. For changing the world has to wait when it’s time to change a baby. - BOQ

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Gotta like this. Mother Sheehan goes to a ditch outside of Crawford, Texas, to express her opinions on the war. These Gold Star parents go to... Iraq.

Heh. The Junior Senator from Massachusetts... the Unaplogizer Strikes!

If you do the Caption Contest thing - try the Right Place's weekly event.

JTG sends us to Jerry Pournelle. I admit, Jerry lays out all my problems with invading Iraq. And therein lies the crux of the sparring between Ry and I, and his buddy Barnett. I'm still not convinced that GloboCop is a role we'll ever play well. GloboSWAT, yes. Cop, no. That said, I'm not a cut-and-runner in Iraq. I believe we must truly expend the effort to finish what we started. -the Armorer

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Hugh Hewitt looks at the elections through the lense of Kerry's remarks, but not quite as you'd expect. Very interesting analysis.

Christopher Hitchens also draws some wider conclusions about things brought to the surface by Kerry's remarks. - FbL

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So, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, UAE and Saudi Arabia seek atom technology, reads the sub-lede. And they'll do it with engineers and scientists trained in Western or Eastern Universitys, using technology mostly purchased or copied from western and eastern equipment.

And, for most of them, do it with money that comes from a single-engine economy... oil.

How sad is this? Bad enough we put the effort into things like this that we do - but we at least have the surplus to do it. Heh. This is far more about regime preservation than anything else. Feh. If I were you guys, I'd spend the money building something a touch more productive than nukes. -the Armorer

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*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".

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