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December 19, 2006

H&I* Fires, 19 DEC 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. [Admittedly, I'm fibbing. Trackbacks are still broken]

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Today my client and I enter the lions den (or Viper Pit) of the Pentagon. However, we fear not, for we are armed with Data, and securely wrapped in the Armor of our Righteousness! We shall overcome. And the checks are already cashed and we know our tickets outta here tonight are good.

Snerk - scary right-wing fiction! Of course, all lefty fiction is simply reasoned extraction of trendlines...

If it all sounds a little strange and crazed, that's because it is. The right's sleep of reason is bringing forth dark, futuristic political thrillers.

This is not the first time literature has performed such a trick. The Cold War years inspired plenty of nuclear nightmare fiction, and the environmentalism boom produced hundreds of chillers about overpopulation, melting ice caps and worse. Before he was visited by extraterrestrials (or was struck by the vision of a giant advance) "Communion" author Whitley Strieber churned out "Warday" and "Nature's End," Bible-sized entries in the Armageddon and Enviro-geddon genres, respectively.

Nuclear scare and environmental disaster fiction played off fears that seemed very real. Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' "Left Behind" books hinge on an event — the Rapture — that millions of readers believe could happen literally at any moment.

But the new genre of culture war and terror war novel is different. In "Prayers for the Assassin," an awful and believable event — coordinated nuclear attacks on American cities, with Israeli terrorists framed as the culprits — kick-starts a future that's too ridiculous to be fearsome. Egged on by Hollywood celebrities, millions of Americans convert to Islam. Families haul their kids to the thrill rides at Palestine Adventures. Battleships are renamed for Osama bin Laden.

It sounds like satire, but here's the funny part: Ferrigno is serious. Promoting the book on its official website, the author intones that "the possibility of such events transpiring only adds to the power of the book." Americans giving up the cross for the crescent, skipping Ruby Tuesday's during Ramadan? Why not? It could happen if, as Ferrigno warns, people are "weakened internally by dissent, economic malaise and a consumer culture hostile to people's genuine thirst for meaning in their lives."

Read the rest here.

Julian Barnes writes in the LA Times:

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military's new counterinsurgency doctrine takes issue with some key strategies that American commanders in Iraq continue to use, most notably the practice of concentrating combat forces in massive bases rather than dispersing them among the population. The 282-page counterinsurgency field manual, unveiled Friday, seeks to bring together the best practices in fighting sustained insurgencies that the United States has learned during the Iraq war. It also lists tactics that have tripped up American forces, such as trying to make local security forces act like the U.S. military and overemphasizing killing or capturing enemies rather than providing for the safety of the population.

Although the military has moved away from some of these tactics, others are widely used in Iraq. Most special operations forces in Iraq spend the bulk of their time and resources trying to kill or capture Al Qaeda members and insurgents. But the manual says the best use of those troops is not hunting enemies but training Iraqi security forces or police.

This would be the manual that LTG Petraeus directed the making of (this point for those who think Petraeus was sent here for being a bad boy and dissenting). He does dissent, obviously - and has just published his points of dissent. Which doesn't mean he was being punished... Like a copy? Click here.

I gotta get to breakfast and then a briefing. See ya later. -the Armorer

For the Geek/Sci Fi nut in you Blackfive has a short post that has prompted some serious, and some hysterical comments.

*prepares old Muppets voice*
Maariiiinnne'sss in Space!

Source of said ideaology stems from a recent Popular Science article

I reiterate from comments at B5: Always remember your equipment was made by the lowest bidder. Now have a nice flight.......


*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, 19 DEC 2006
AFSister briefed on December 19, 2006 01:04 PM

I'd rather see the Marines arrive Terminator-style...

Maggie briefed on December 19, 2006 07:28 PM

I remember reading WarDay. If memory serves, it has a little prologue from none other than the senior Senator from Massachusetts "FatBoy" D-Chivas. It really gave me a fright. I lived close enough to Pilgrim nuclear power plant to have sleepless nights.

"Battleships are renamed for Osama bin Laden" That is just too horrible.

mullah cimoc briefed on December 19, 2006 08:18 PM

you fake war heroes should worry about the feminization of males occuring in amerika.

just look at television, they are programming the next generations to be submissive to the fem power structure.

And instead of resisting -- you worms are their tools. Hah Hah.

BloodSpite briefed on December 19, 2006 08:49 PM

Did I miss something or am I feeling a draft? The gremlins are showing up it seems.

afsister briefed on December 19, 2006 09:45 PM

*sneaks up to mullah and hides his bottle of vodka*

you know how that stuff makes you crazy, mullah. gotta lay off the hard likker, man.

BloodSpite briefed on December 19, 2006 11:18 PM

Forgot to mention AF on your terminator thingie

You just wanna see'em nekkid

Of course in my native Georgia Dialect, naked just means you ain't got no clothes

Nekkid means you ain't got no clothes and your up to somethin'!

BillT briefed on December 20, 2006 01:15 AM

Cimoc? That's a town southwest of Banja Luka...

Nemojte se bojati, Mullah, želimo vam pomoċi!

("I'm from the gummint, and I'm here to help!")

Justthisguy briefed on December 20, 2006 03:38 AM

Ferrigno is serious? That's crazy talk! The Israelis are nuke-armed and self-interested and rational, not crazy.

Oh, Chief Bill, you are the Big Cat of the flame warriors.

Justthisguy briefed on December 20, 2006 04:01 AM

I mean, this is Chief Bill!

Justthisguy briefed on December 20, 2006 04:03 AM

Whatthehell, I caint put links in comments?

Justthisguy briefed on December 20, 2006 04:08 AM

OK, then,

I mean, that's Chief (Ret) Bill!

BillT briefed on December 20, 2006 06:50 AM

Big Cat? Oh, geez -- time to brace for comments from the Kitten Kontingent...

*cranking up the white noise generator and inserting triple-flange hypersponge earplugs into PG-17c's aural orifices -- or should that be aurifices?*

WereKitten briefed on December 20, 2006 08:05 AM

Well.. of COURSE we want 'em nekkid! Naked and "up to something" is a good combination, no matter if your from Georgia or not.

mmmm Me Love 'Im Big Cat SugarButtons. But... if he should arrive nekkid... we'd have to change that name to Big Cat SugarBOTTOM.

Maggie briefed on December 20, 2006 08:41 AM

mmmmm nekkid.........yes.......nekkid.....nekkid sailors!

BillT briefed on December 20, 2006 10:11 AM

Hmmmpf -- I trust your use of the term "SugarBottom" does *not* infer you consider me a candy-a$$...

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 20, 2006 10:21 AM

Sugarbottom? Do I need to update the banner?

BillT briefed on December 20, 2006 11:38 AM

Banner update? Only if Pam has the Big-Tribble-Wearing-15X-Binos pic ready to go...

WereKitten briefed on December 21, 2006 05:32 AM


I love starting trouble....SugarBottom. btw, I do not consider you a candy-a$$.. but there *is* a peppermint stick very close to that bottom.


OHHHH DANG IT! durn PG17C got me AGAIN! I think that's some sort of record, "who got slapped the most often in 2006 by the PG17C".
maybe it should be a medal, like a Purple Heart or something.

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