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January 09, 2007

H&I* Fires, 9 JAN 2007

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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Something has occurred to make me declare ry's rule #1 for having a happy husband.

Attempts to throw away my 15 year old, faded, falling apart, dingy, fugly hat will be met with divorce papers. Put The Hat down, step away, and nobody needs to get hurt, Jess.

Don't throw away truly cherished crap, ladies. Sure, make us decide which is truly cherished and which is merely stuff we simply don't want to part with (and will whine and try to come up with every excuse in the world to keep anyway, even conspire behind your back to sneak back in), but come near The Ugly Hat (chair, whatever) you best be prepared for Armageddon. It's taken us YEARS to get some of that stuff in the condition we like it to be and now you want to make us throw it away? Oh the humanity!
I still don't know if it's whipped or outgunned (oi, I'm going to regret that one, again), but I just know it makes SWWBO happy. Like the new locks work against ferrets. I think I'm going to regret that one too.
Serious now.
The Good 'Phibian comes with something good. Information warfare, narrative building for the masses, the impact of domestic issues on the decisions made in war and how they all come together in the Kennedy years. Some fairly mosaic type thinking there.
There's a fairly serious discussion of Kilcullen going on around the 'net. JRobb's onto it, but you should troop on over to DNI and ZenPundit to see what they've got going on about it too.
Eddie over at Live From the FDNF has a use of the Syngman Rhee example I'm not entirely sure I like or entirely agree with. It might just be me, but if you're going to cozy up to a bastiche it's typically best to 'have something on him' so you can move him out of the way when the strongman's time has passed. Have a read. Eddie is typically worth the five minutes it'll take.
For more go visit..... Skippy-san (persona non gratis with the Denizens of the distaff persuasion, but not a bad bloke otherwise.)
Now I gotta find a place to hide 'fore John comes down with the Big Boot.

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KtLW once made a similar tactical error. It was *not* a tranquil scene.

'Nuff of that. I expect the Squid Groupies 'mongst the Denizennes (and both of you know who you are) will be ecstatic over the news that every week in 2007 will be Navy Week. Well, *almost* every week, anyway. They left a couple for the Grunts, Zoomies, LGAMs and Coasties to coin-flip for... --Bill
Can someone explain why *I* am the first one out here saying Bravo Zulu to the Zoomies in their AC-130s?
A U.S. airstrike hit targets in southern Somalia where Islamic militants were believed to be sheltering suspects in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies, Somali officials and witnesses said Tuesday. - the rest of this story at CBSNews.
There are interesting writeups over at the CounterTerrorism blog with lots of links.
Oh, Chief? 42 weeks seems about right......Maggie


Maggie - because I didn't have anything to say that wasn't being said elsewhere. You had something to say... that's why you have posting privileges... Dusty might have had something insightful or insidery to offer that wasn't an OPSEC violation. I had nothing new to offer. No insights. No analysis. So I kept my mouth shut. It's taken me 48 years to master that. Don't push me into recidivism. For the greater good of humanity. -the Armorer


Oh, and apparently, we aren't done. Good. Take advantage of those guys having to come into the open. -the Armorer


This is not an auspicious start for Navy Week in the Straits of Hormuz. --Bill

Bubblehead (a submariner) has more over on his blog. -the Armorer


From the "Hmmmmm" File for WWII, comes the revelations of "Agent Zig-Zag. Meet Eddie Chapman, who anticipated the suicide bomber.

A British secret agent who offered to blow up Adolf Hitler at the height of the Second World War was dissuaded from carrying out the assassination by MI5, according to newly released wartime archives.

The offer to kill Hitler in a suicide mission was made by Eddie Chapman, a professional criminal and safe-breaker who was trained by the Nazis as a spy and went on to become one of Britain’s most successful double agents, codenamed Agent Zigzag.

H/t, Bob Tarantino, via Damian of The Torch. -the Armorer


Just another day in the life of trying to help people rise above old habits - the Afghan National Army and the culture of corruption that holds Afghanistan back - via Bouhammer. -the Armorer


*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".

{Anyone want to keep a book on how long it takes before Big Tribble, with Leggs, decides to play a little soccer with gollum's noggin'?---ry}

Comments on H&I* Fires, 9 JAN 2007
BloodSpite briefed on January 9, 2007 07:27 AM

Shesh Ry...try some Decaf bro :)

Good round up btw!

AFSister briefed on January 9, 2007 07:37 AM

Take it from someone who has seen "The Hat".... and watched her 5 yr old son remove said hat from it's owner's head.... SAVE YOURSELF, JESS.... LEAVE THE HAT ALONE. It's the grungiest thing I've seen in a LONG time, but it's pretty much attached itself to Ry's head until it falls apart (which won't be long, Jess!)

Barb briefed on January 9, 2007 08:40 AM

The code word at Casa Way is "the Woobie". You don't mess with each other's Woobies, whatever they are ... mine was a sweatshirt, and when I finally agreed that it needed to be put down, we had a little ceremony. heh.
(Anyone who doesn't recognize "Woobie" should go watch Mr. Mom again.)

SangerM briefed on January 9, 2007 08:41 AM

Kennedy, Reuters and Vietnam: That squares with everything I have read and learned about Kennedy and the Vietnam war in the past few years, though I was not aware of the Lodge/reuters connection.

Kennedy may yet prove to be one of the worst presidents we've had since Wilson, but I don't think he'll ever come close to Carter (who also made decisions in a vacuum and told his advisors about it afterward-so did Johnson, now that I think about it). Kennedy was not inept, but you ought to read how he basically turned Ike's hyper-efficient, well organized white house operation into a two-person (him an' Bobby) cult of personality and family...

Feh on the lot of 'em. Now if Teddy would just go away, we'd all sleep a little happier.

Maggie briefed on January 9, 2007 09:23 AM

Now if Teddy would just go away, we'd all sleep a little happier

Oh yeah!

Maggie briefed on January 9, 2007 10:04 AM

I wasn't zinging you, I was aiming for the Zooomie fans. I am the Swabie Doxie, one of the two Navy girls according to the Chief. Doesn't the Air Force have any groupies out here?

John of Argghhh! briefed on January 9, 2007 10:20 AM

AFSis, one would think. But we have a retired Hog-driver on staff. Ya'd think he'd a had something to type.

Probably using the "But I'm flying right now!" excuse.

SangerM briefed on January 9, 2007 10:40 AM

Here we go: Standard media-manipulation tactics:

"My 4-year-old boy was killed in the strike," Mohamed Mahmud Burale told the AP by telephone. "We also heard 14 massive explosions."

Yeah, right. Who was holding the boy? Where were mom and dad? BS-call on this one (but don't ask for the body, they might make one)...

And who would be counting explosions when his child was in harm's way. He may have been counting explosions, but not doing that while his child was getting bombed.

"Daqane said two newlyweds were among the dead Tuesday."

Of course. There's newlyweds everywhere that Americans shoot, dontcha know. Must be we're trying to prevent new little baby radicals since everyone knows they don't have sex until after they're married.

BS-call on this one too. Of course, the AP had to report that stuff, didn't it.

AFSister briefed on January 9, 2007 11:09 AM

I'm a zoomie fan! I was going to blog about the attacks in Somolia, but life has been interrupting my blogging. (namely, my home pc is shot; I'm busy as heck at work, and I've been preoccupied with a lot of life incidents)


AFSister briefed on January 9, 2007 11:13 AM

Well, that's one sub commander who's losing his boat.... damn. I hate it when screwups like that happen.

Oldloadr briefed on January 9, 2007 12:14 PM

You know, an AC-130 doesn't shoot anything that doesn't explode. So... how could anybody count 14 explosions. I know the 105mm is louder than the 40mm which is louder than the 20mm or 25mm (depending on model), but I just don't see counting to 14 when all of that is raining down.

BloodSpite briefed on January 9, 2007 07:07 PM

They don't call it "Steel Rain" and "Puff the Magic Dragon" for nothing.

I agree with Oldloadr & SangerM. Don't make no sense.

ry briefed on January 9, 2007 09:51 PM

YOu know, I have a friend who teaches journalism and runs a HS newspaper. She doesn't believe me when I say that journalists need to accept that they are part of the battle. By 'going for balance' they are often times aiding people's information campaigns and helping them build narratives that become the accepted knowledge(like bombing in Cambodia was an 'escalation of the war'). Idjits.
We don't want 'balanced'. We want fair and honest, but would prefer the straight truth or naked facts even more. Balance for the sake of balance blows.

While I give the current Admin hell for not being able to build a narrative or wage anything remotely close to a coherent information campaign I often wonder if it's even possible for them to do so. Given what sanger uncovered and the leak of the meat of the Pres' speech a full day before.

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