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December 27, 2006

H&I* Fires Dec 27, 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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Mebbe this should have been on my Christmas list...

I love this headline: Army Calls Up Unsuspecting Reserves To Fill Ranks The headline at the website has since changed to Not Over 'Till It's Over, which is certainly accurate!

While the obligation of returning to war is part of the contract soldiers sign upon enlistment, it's jarring for those who figured they'd left behind drilling, rations, chain-of-command orders and life-threatening perils.

"It kind of knocks you off your heels a bit," Mr. Kramer said in his living room last week, with his wife Jocelyn leaning on his shoulder on their couch. "For me, I always felt after being in the military, it's not a way to raise a family."

5 years into the GWOT... I'm sure it knocks you off your heels, but it surely shouldn't be all that unexpected. That said, some of us can't get recalled to despite our best efforts... H/t, Jim C. -the Armorer


Heeee! I seems that John *** The Windbag** Kerry, has gotten himself Stuk all alone in Eyerak. Hope that you had a lonely little christmas there Mr. Kerry - BOQ


The nervousness mounts. I see Ace of Spades was worried he'd gotten canceled... he didn't. He's doing fine now - TF Boggs, real milblogger just back from Iraq (vice us retired faux-milbloggers) is doing an excellent job - and he's the main guest for this show. Smash was good. I'm just gonna stutter and MSU. Those who know, know.

Hee! SGT Boggs just volunteered to be the next Churchill... soldier correspondent.

Boggs is being dismissive of the IED bombers - which is an interesting attitude. What I find interesting about the shift almost entirely to IEDs in combat is the indicator that the jihadis are less willing to face us in open combat - and are relying on external support - those Iranian IEDs - to continue the fight. That's a sign of winning.
-the Armorer


Well, that went *much* better than I expected. That said, my best line got cut off by the break...

"The Iraqis don't want Saddam back - they want the stability. But they want the stability without being fed into industrial chippers." -the Armorer

Kewl. I've done radio. My first media in a looooong time. -the Armorer


Go Ethiopia! Kick Islamist Booty.

Hmmm. Wonder what's different about their approach from ours in 1993? Oh, I know. They are there to kill people, break things, and then they'll leave. Easier to do when the MSM ignores your war. -the Armorer


Hmmm... I wonder whether we are lifting a page out of previous struggles, and giving those Moon God Worshipers a taste of what we so aptly gave them Godless 4th Internationalists in Guatemala, Angola, Malaya, Burma, et alii, back in the 60's & 70's????


Somehow, me thinks that the good people sandwiched between Falls Church and Arlington, VA are performing with distinction.

Oh BTW - Many kudos to Massa John. yer on yer way to become a true Media Maven. - BOQ

*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 Dec 27, 2006
AFSister briefed on December 27, 2006 01:14 PM


Jon Carrey... you are *such* an ass. "You deserve it" is the first thing that came to mind- as soon as I picked myself off the floor from laughing so hard.

Justthisguy briefed on December 27, 2006 06:15 PM

I wonder; has Skull and Bones ever *expelled* a member? Or would that make them look like they'd made a mistake by admitting him in the first place?

I mean, even the Masons have (I think) been known on rare occasions to do the demittal.

Maggie briefed on December 27, 2006 08:09 PM

I missed it live. I was on the road. I need a link to a podcast or rebroadcast or something.

Love the John Kerry photo, it's everywhere, so many bloggers with a finely attuned sense of schadenfreude.

MCart briefed on December 27, 2006 09:23 PM

Hey, I know I haven't posted anything in a bit, but I stumbled across this on MSNBC of all places. This article was pretty damn cool, even though it's really short.

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 27, 2006 09:44 PM

MCart! I thought perhaps you'd fallen in a vat of Vista or something!

JimC briefed on December 27, 2006 10:03 PM

Interesting to see Ethiopia in its historic role of keeper of the peace through military intervention. How unfortunate for the world that in the late 6th century they were forced to leave Yemen and Arabia because of a revolt in the province of Gondor. Let us hope that Ethiopia is able to crush this branch of Al Qaeda.

Maggie briefed on December 27, 2006 10:40 PM

Thanks, MCart, that story was great. I agree it's a surprise to find something touching and uplifting on MSLSD (as Mark Levin calls it).

Flag Gazer briefed on December 28, 2006 03:32 AM

You were great on Hugh Hewitt's!!! All of you!!!
Thanks so much! has it streaming for those who missed it!

AFSister briefed on December 28, 2006 01:58 PM

I just read the article McCart linked.... thank you. That was a great read.

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