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December 04, 2006

H&I* Fires, 4 Dec 2006

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A number of must-reads today...

The NYT covers American intelligence agencies' efforts to modernize, particularly the application of innovations like blogging to spying. It's a long but fascinating read, and somewhat encouraging, too.

Jules Crittenden calls the AP to task for their shoddy/fabricated reporting.

Taliban-style threats and attacks come to Gaza.

If you haven't heard yet, here's the real story on the "flying imams," including the police report. Some of the details are rather eye-opening.

And Soldiers' Angel Laurie informs us in comments on yesterday's H&I Fires:

Patti Patton-Bader, founder of Soldiers' Angels, will be on MSNBC with Allison Stewart on Monday, December 4 [today!] at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 Central, 1:00 Mountain, 12:00 Pacific). If viewership goes up, they may have her on again which means more exposure for Soldiers' Angels and more help for our troops.
Here's a list of the many projects of Soldiers' Angels. And if anybody has the capacity to record and post the interview with Patti, please do! - FbL


Strategy Page on Rumsfeld's Memo.

Ah, this Fuzzy's-up-early stuff is *nice*! -the Armorer


Given just how "Blue" an area Lawrence, Kansas is, being the home of Kansas University - this was good to read. The guys of Beta Theta Pi are sending Care Packages to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Good on ya, guys.


Hello everyone. THIS may seem quaint; but I do miss the old days where Kremlinologist busily dissected our enemies' intentions. Things were much more simpler then.

Let’s see… Iran and Syria, are busily endeavour to destabilize our work in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Lebanon, etc. and now we are going to break bread with them? Call me a simpleton, but this GWOT business, and the way we are prosecuting it is way too muddled for my taste. - BOQ


Bush Accepts Bolton's U.N. Resignation
Unable to win Senate confirmation, U.N. Ambassador John Bolton will step down when his temporary appointment expires within weeks, the White House said Monday.
Why??????? Maggie


Lex delivers a smackdown to the morally blind Kofi Annan.

The NYT hits back on bloggers' deconstruction of AP reporting. Flopping Aces responds in the link above and has a roundup of the bloggers involved (the article is subscription-only, but widely excerpted. Or you can click here and enter "" for a password)- 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".

Comments on H&I* Fires, 4 Dec 2006
BloodSpite briefed on December 4, 2006 08:32 AM

"this fuzzy up early stuff is nice"

For some reason that statement sounds just so inherently....wrong

FbL briefed on December 4, 2006 08:45 AM

Well, if it makes you feel any better, Bloodspite: I wasn't "up early." There were so many good things I read yesterday that I didn't want them to get lost in Sunday's big H&I Fires. So I just put together todays H&I Fires yesterday evening and left it for John to publish this morning. :)

So, no early fuzziness. ;)

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 4, 2006 08:54 AM

Just fuzzy earliness! Really. Hadda drop SWWBO off at the airport at 0500 this morning. Which meant a 0400 reveille.

jim b briefed on December 4, 2006 12:46 PM

Bolton is gone. The reason is simple. He stood up for the US interests.

The Secular Progressive Democrats hate that. Yes there are a few 'Blue Dog' Democrats. Unfortunately they are not in the leadership, or the majority.

To remind the Republicans ... stand for something! It should be obvious to you now that... yes they will vote for dems when you enrage them. Or just as bad, vote for no one.

jim b briefed on December 4, 2006 01:01 PM

Well this will be interestingly futile:

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, a prominent religious and social conservative, formed a committee on Monday to explore a 2008 White House bid to help "rebuild the family and renew our culture."

"I have decided, after much prayerful consideration, to consider a bid for the Republican nomination for the presidency," said Brownback, a two-term Senate veteran and staunch opponent of abortion and same-sex marriage.

"We need a culture that encourages what is right and discourages what is wrong, and has the wisdom to understand the difference," he said in a statement."

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 4, 2006 01:20 PM

Yeah, the Senate Disease. They all think they're Presidential material.

I'm fine with his Honorableness as a Senator. I'd only vote for him for President to keep Senator Rodham-Clinton out of the White House, except as an overnighter in the Lincoln Bedroom. If I was going to get one of my Senators for President, I'd prefer Roberts over Brownback.

That said - perhaps he should follow the advice at The Corner - and run for Governor, and show he's got some skills in the executive branch. Of course, that would open up the potential spectre of a Senator Sebelius.

One should not be fooled by our good Governor's performance to date. She's a near old-school liberal, her impulses held in check only by a somewhat rabid Republican legislature. In that regard, they've been good for each other, each moderating the other's worst impulses.

Gimme summadat divided governance, where you *really* have to build consensus, and can't just let a thin majority run roughshod over the others.

Trias briefed on December 4, 2006 01:27 PM

I take it the sanctimonious arse thinks he has the wisdom.

I didn't mind Bolton, to be honest anyone who stirs up the UN I tend to view as a good thing. However he's gone for a simple reason. Americans voted Democrat.

Maggie briefed on December 4, 2006 03:12 PM

JimB - I don't like that answer.

Also, I caught the crack in the other post and I'm not speaking to you.

ry briefed on December 4, 2006 07:54 PM

Now I see why you and Da BlogFather get along so well. 'Bring on the gridlock'. I can live with that.(IT must be my 'puter because I'm still getting error messages)

Maggs, I 'm not with JimB on this one either. If the Dems were just evil we'd shoot them all on sight(that's what you do with evil, right? You destroy it whenever presented with it, right?). No, what they are is tragically wrong and are therefore more difficult to handle---because they aren't evil and we can't just shoot them all on sight. It'd be a whole lot easier, sometimes, to get things down if we didn't go around painting them as evil all the time.

Bolton is out because, as Trias says, we went to a Dem majority. Bolton isn't getting out of Committee much less getting an up or down vote with that as he didn't survive when there was a R majority. Bolton decided to not subject us to that and to not feed the feeling of lame duckness more than was necessary. Discretion is out of character for the man, but doesn't mean he never knew how to act in that manner.

Now we get to see Bush put forward someone not nearly as abrasive, but fighting for US interests(more like fighting for more ethical and moral acts out of the UN if you ask me) just as Bolton had without people being able to say 'But he's to mean and abrasive for the job.' He's forcing them to come up with a REAL argument for opposing a Bush appointment, something Bolton knew he couldn't do if he stood his ground. Advancing thru retreat. Works in chess, shogi, and other strategy games. Why not in real life strategy games like politics?

Oh, and I got some(4) holiday cards with historical ships as the motif from USNI. Who wants to be subjected to getting mail from icky ol' gollum this Xmas?

ry briefed on December 4, 2006 08:05 PM

I'm surprised people are surprised about this open source revolution to intelligence. OS jokers have been around for a while. I got into the game that way when I met someone 8 years ago. It's not like Pike, Dunnigan, etc have been hiding under rocks since the internet became big. Oh, and you should see Alan's response over at GX40( That's what I do folks, and have been doing for years(2002). It takes up time(like the Wife is yelling at me that Heroes is starting and she wants me to come snuggle under the blankets we keep on the couch, but I've got reading to do.) but if you want to be good at it you look at as many sources as you can for your 'nugget'. A smart man told me that once, and I'm greatful for the advice since it's been proven true multiple times (but also 'cause he gave it, that most of all actually).

ry briefed on December 4, 2006 09:49 PM

Boq brings up something I've been railing against lately. Not that I'm questioning whether we should be 'breaking bread with the Syrians/Iranians'. But the resistance to it. Not going to go into tonight. I'll just point to an article in this months Proceedings: Withdraw and Win: Gaining Insights from Defeat(subscription required, and it isn't online yet). I'll also point to the leaked Rumsfeld memo.

Is winning important? Would you accept a loss done in a proper and palatable manner be more acceptable, maybe even noble?

Which is more important, the win or the method? These are questions we all have to ask ourselves. How much each pathway costs should be included in your reflection in my opinion. I've laid out my case before: if winning matters on the global scale you'll hold your nose and do what works in building up to your end state. (Which opens up the door for the Hammer vs. Cold War 2 discussion, no?)

If all you've got is 'but they're baaaad' I claim you've not much of an argument. I laid it out in another thread at length. Or is shaking hands with baaaad people only something we haul out to bash libs when it comes to intelligence gathering?

Boquisucio briefed on December 5, 2006 07:43 AM

Retreat?!?!? Helk - I'm just advancing in a different direction.

Cricket briefed on December 5, 2006 08:08 AM

I don't know about you, but I have written my Senators urging Bolton to not only come back but to drum up support for him at this critical time.
If a quick end to this policy is desired, Bolton has what it takes. He is not partisan. He reminds me a bit of Lord Burghley...QEI's advisor. He worked for the good of the realm.

I am only suggesting.

Maggie briefed on December 5, 2006 08:12 AM

The part that angers me here about Bolton isn't whether he's good or bad or effective or ineffective. It's the fact that a small part of the legislative branch is subverting powers given to the executive. The Democratic filibuster has succeeded in killing Bolton's nomination. Their reasons are immaterial. The basic fact is that they are going against the Constitution.

BloodSpite briefed on December 5, 2006 10:03 AM

Ry-> Sure I'll take a Christmas card from Icky Gollum

Mags-> BloodSpite for President. Act 1, Scene 1: BloodSpite fires Congress.......Act 1 Scene 2: BloodSpite fires Senate......

Maggie briefed on December 5, 2006 06:22 PM

BloodSpite - Like Nero? Take their property too. You have my vote.

ry briefed on December 6, 2006 06:27 PM

BlSp, then you'll have to drop me a line with a PO Box address or something. Anyone else interested can do the same.

And what happened to the traveling card i started? who has it?

Maggie briefed on December 6, 2006 09:19 PM

The traveling card never reached me and I think I was either right in front of or right behind Barb.

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