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December 20, 2006

H&I* Fires, 20 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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The trip to DC went well. My client stood in the pit, facing the three 2-Stars, two from the Army Staff, one from a Real Unit, the two one-stars (one of them his boss' boss), and an assorted horde of eagles, and delivered the results of this last year's worth of work. And it was *very* well received. So much so, that my client is going on the Three-Star Dog and Pony Circuit. Me, I just sat in back and took notes, interjected when appropriate, and, like a Good Contractor, made sure my client looked good and got the spotlight. That's my job.

Down side, this is the second time my client has been able to make me run while we're TDY. Always to catch a bus.

Moving on - I agree with Mr. Smith. Power to the Swift Boat Veterans. And their evil twin.

But these groups aren't being punished for making errors in their filing papers. They're being punished for criticizing politicians. Now, it's natural that politicians don't like that and might pressure the FEC to shut their critics up — the FEC reportedly acted in part because of pressure from Congress and a lawsuit brought by Reps. Christopher Shays and Martin T. Meehan — but why should ordinary citizens feel offended by criticism of public officials? Shouldn't we be more upset by efforts to silence criticism of public officials?

Read the rest here.

Remember this, as Senator John McCain tries to assume the mantle of inevitability for the nomination. Remember that much of campaign finance reform has been aimed at making the little people shut-up and keep their place. -the Armorer


If you haven't already - go check out Santa's UAS at Blackfive. -the Armorer


BTW - anybody remember this little "Savage War of Peace?" I do. I wasn't there, but my old high school pal/brother-in-law (now back to just being old high school pal due to *my* divorce, he's still married to my ex's sister) and several buddies in the Ranger Regiment were. I was home on leave from the NTC when it broke - and got to be the guy who was explaining everything to my sister-in-law, who suddenly realized her husband was in the midst of all that.

Operation Just Cause.

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The last combat act of the 5th Infantry Divsion (Mechanized) before it was disestablished as a part of the Peace Dividend. -the Armorer


As usual my favorite web comic has me all figured out. In this case though, considering John works with machine guns, and *cough* bayonets versus my work with electricity and ion/microwave radiation, I thought the comic should apply to him as well :)

Strip located here (too wide for just tossing up here. Any of you MT guru's are welcome to do it however!)

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Pat Buchanan's slide into irrelevance and stupidity seems to be accelerating. The sleight of hand and outright falsehoods the man uses here place him in the league of Krugman or MoDo(the dodo). 18 to 10? More like 18 to 14 to 10, with only the last cut coming under Clinton. Taiwan a 'new' commitment? Guess that Taiwan Relations Act (of 1979) don't exist then, hey? Look, many have argued long and hard that we never had enough when cannon counting going all the way back to 1950. It is true that often in our history what we've had hasn't been what was really necessary, but you don't have to lie about it to make the point.

But this from Buchanan is just silly 'lay down the burden' talk. Even the USAF and USN say they don't have enough to do what they are asked to do so Ol' Ramblin' Pat's wrong there too. If'n you wanted to write something to help the military, Pat, this wasn't it. If'n you wanted to say we should quite literally fence our selves off from the rest of the world, which you often do, this is perfect, Pat.
Oh, and Merry Christmas (and if you want a X-mas card from gollum I needs your mailage info).

*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, 20 DEC 2006
Boquisucio briefed on December 20, 2006 12:01 PM

ATLAS - A mighty fine brew, that has graced mine lips. It goes well with a plate full of freshly caught and fried Red Snapper, and Plantains. Pitty that that Trackhead had to deface its beauty.

Uggh - War is Hell!

Oldloadr briefed on December 20, 2006 01:14 PM

- That is a beautiful picture of an M-113 (right, grunts?) You should see them in their new dessert tan paint job and the RPG “fence.”
- Pat is being Pat and that is a shame. There was a lot he has said in the past about domestic policy I agreed with, but his national security belief system is as naïve as the peace-nicks that think that if we throw away our nukes, Jupiter will align with Mars and… well, you know the rest.

Maggie briefed on December 20, 2006 01:35 PM

Oldloadr - Are you going to sing to me?

Oldloadr briefed on December 20, 2006 01:39 PM

Maggie - I can't carry a tune in a bucket, but after a few beers I sometimes think I can... After reading what some "political leaders" are saying I need a few beers.

Maggie briefed on December 20, 2006 04:35 PM

Oldloadr - Wrong answer. The correct answer is....anything you want Maggie!

BillT briefed on December 20, 2006 07:51 PM

Marty Meehan's grudge against the Swifties stems from losing his chance at a Senate seat -- Kerry's -- if Jean-Fraude had become POTUS.

And, speaking of political reform, Meehan's just one more "Do as I say, not as I do" lib. He ran on a term-limits platform in '92, vowing not to run again after four terms -- he's now in his seventh.

And, speaking of *another* type of reform,
"[a]n unidentified individual operating through the U.S. House of Representatives' internet connection made several favorable edits [to the Wikipedia entry] as well as removing statements declaring Meehan's original campaign platform that included a promise not to run for more than four terms. Meehan's own chief of staff at the time, Matt Vogel, admitted to the press that he oversaw the edits and removal of the section that pointed out Meehan's failure to live up to his promise to step down from office after four terms."

In other words, they flushed the standing Wikipedia entry and inserted a propaganda blurb.

Heh. A graphic example of Orwell's dictum that history is written by the winners...

Oldloadr briefed on December 21, 2006 07:48 AM

Sorry Maggie, I was caught up in the political nuances ala John Kerry...

ry briefed on December 21, 2006 08:52 AM


Take the advice of someone too young to be in MAggs' Rotation and hightail it before she gets her hooks into you. Next thing you know we'll be calling you Sugarbottoms or some such and you'll wonder what happened to all of Thursday.

Oldloadr briefed on December 21, 2006 08:54 AM

ry - thanks! I'm heading for the door! Cover my 6!

Cassandra briefed on December 21, 2006 05:27 PM

The trip to DC went well.

Och! Aye, laddie! And thanks for the email to say, "Hey, I'll be in town!". No, I probably wouldn't have been able to roust my husband out for a drink, but hey...


Beth, you have my permission to slap him upside the head.

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 21, 2006 07:12 PM

Heh. Every *other* time I've tried there's been something or another... geez, I can't win fer losin'!

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