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January 10, 2007

H&I Fires*, 10 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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Since John hates Argghhh! being an echo chamber I give you things that are likely to put you on heart medication:
1) Senator Kennedy: More troops is an escalation of the war, and he can't do that without our(Congressional) okay.
(gollum's take: the verbiage used (the repeated use of 'escalation'), much less Kennedy coming right out and calling it 'Bush's Vietnam', is very, very odd---like they're running off a script or something(and makes CDR Salamander's Kennedy link real timely in more than one way.). Maybe it's because escalation means something to me in reference to military affairs---going from MOOTW/Low Intensity to full blown armored battle at Kursk type of situation, which the troop plus up wouldn't be doing----that it doesn't to other commentators. Keep that in mind. Jargon is a real bastiche. As are semantics games.)
2) Center for American Progress(CAP) puts something out there that kinda-sorta sounds like Kennedy ain't utterly off his rocker(or in the bottom of a whiskey bottle).
(gollums's take: I'm not a Constitutional Scholar. I think there's some problems with what Kennedy and CAP are saying, but I'll have to look into that a bit more. Separation of powers might be an issue or I could be really wrong. I wouldn't mind hearing from ArmyLawyer or Eugene Volokh on this.)
3) Why are we bombing Somalia?! Apparently we really aren't hunting Al Queda according to the folks over at at-Large.
(gollums' take: Well, at least she didn't claim the US created al Queda. And the 'confirmation' of Atta getting money from ISI doesn't make me like Pakistan more than I did before. But that I have to take with a grain of salt. People claimed Atta was in Prague based on another nation's intelligence but we dismiss that in certain circles because it's inconvinient. I dunno. Mushariff and Pakistan are the bastards we decided to shake hands with ages ago, and in terms of Pakistan I mean that quite literally. Not everyone is Australia or Canada when it comes time that you need a regional ally.)
4) US court will not block the trial of several alleged terrorist financiers.
(gollum's take: I couldn't leave you all with such a downer start to the midweek hump.)

Now to crawl back into my hidey-hole before Big Tribble is able to get his big mitts around my neck for sassing him.
ry
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Laurie at Soldier's Angels sends:

In lieu of trackback, thought some of your readers might be interested in seeing what else our wounded troops are in need of at combat support hospitals. Sheets, towels & other stuff
-the Armorer

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To supplement Ry's lighter fare at the end of his post, check out the cool activity over at Neptunus Lex. The comments alone are well worth the visit, but only after you carefully follow Lex's instructions. - FbL

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*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*, 10 JAN 2007
Oldloadr briefed on January 10, 2007 10:06 AM

Here’s the way American Politics are supposed to work (and the way it did work when Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neal were the two in the ring):
1. The president needs more money for troop increase
2. Nancy Pelosi does not have a veto-proof majority to enact her various social agendas
3. She has to compromise and give the pres what he wants (war funding) and he has to allow something he doesn’t like to become law (prescription drugs, minimum wage, you name it).
4. Kennedy is irrelevant since the Dems only have a 1-seat majority in the Senate and many Senate Dems from more conservative states are not going to make a big stink about funding an additional 20,000.

Maggie briefed on January 10, 2007 10:07 AM

I wish Ted would die. Yes, I am that evil. Yes, I am sincere.
Ry - Regarding Larisa of At-Largely: How did you find this one? Don't smoke anything she offers you (unless you think such a warning is too *mom-ish*). I had to stop reading after this line "In fact, it was Pakistan who birthed out the Taliban." WTF is *birthed out*? People in the comments have to do her proofreading? The stuff in the Korea post (I don't know how thinly stretched we are, but this would appear to stretch us even thinner. Do we have enough fighter jets to defend the homeland, should we have to? What are we going to do when Kim launches? Is this really just a regular operational matter?) What? How about the Blogroll? Definitely not for the squemish. I don't imagine I'll be going back.

Oldloadr briefed on January 10, 2007 10:14 AM

Maggie - I don't think Ted will ever die. I sometimes wonder if his existance is God's judgement on America for our Hedonistic and lascivious ways...

John of Argghhh! briefed on January 10, 2007 10:21 AM

I sometimes wonder if his existance is God's judgement on America for our Hedonistic and lascivious ways...

The irony of this being a comment on a comment left by... Maggie.

So, according to Oldloadr, the fact that we have Ted... is because of... Maggie.

Heh. Get thee to a Nunnery!

Oldloadr briefed on January 10, 2007 11:00 AM

John - I think my Freudian slip is showing...

Trias briefed on January 10, 2007 11:51 AM

Does Bush ever make a speech where the details haven't already been splashed on the front page?

I suspect the Dems have their cunning plans. I think Bush has a hard sell on this. I'm not convinced myself that 20,000 more is much of a plan but let's see what he says.

We are bombing Somilia because we want their oil. Wot no oil? Would you believe bananas? How about mangoes?

Ry throwing us crumbs, albeit big crumbs, at the end does not a positive post make. God that word almost looks like Albright. That's unforgivable.

Maggie briefed on January 10, 2007 12:24 PM

WTF!!!!!! I am to blame for Ted? And the only way for us to be saved is me in a nunnery? That is the cruelest thing I have ever heard. Armorer, you are diabolical. Do I have to go right now? The favorite Naval Consort is in Newport tonight I've already scheduled a body polish and pizza delivery to my favorite hotel........and I have General Petraeus' new Field Manual on CI......the CINC is going to speak to us at 2100.....I have a whole plan.....(breaks off, sobbing).....

fdcol63 briefed on January 10, 2007 12:25 PM

But even if Teddy were to die (by natural causes of course), would we even know it?

All of his boozing has already left him pickled.

LOL

Oldloadr briefed on January 10, 2007 01:53 PM

fdcol63 - It probably takes a lot of boozing to keep Mary Jo's ghost asleep... And yes, I am assuming that he has a conscience.

John of Argghhh! briefed on January 10, 2007 01:58 PM

Talk to Oldloadr - he made the connection, I just made the suggestion!

Laurie briefed on January 10, 2007 02:03 PM

In lieu of trackback, thought some of your readers might be interested in seeing what else our wounded troops are in need of at combat support hospitals. Sheets, towels & other stuff

carborundum briefed on January 10, 2007 02:19 PM

Maggie, Ma'am--you know your GA's reports have to be classified because all the other GAs like to read them? For *cough* the stories. Just the stories. I notice your emulation of the Holy St. Thomas Aquinas, who caused great amus^H^H^H^Hconsternation among us by praying "Lord, make me virtuous! But not yet."

FbL briefed on January 10, 2007 03:09 PM

fdcol63 - It probably takes a lot of boozing to keep Mary Jo's ghost asleep... And yes, I am assuming that he has a conscience.

Oldldr, I'd almost believe it... except that for him having gone this long without acknowledging and making what restitution is possible argues heavily for any conscience having died long ago.

fdcol63 briefed on January 10, 2007 03:23 PM

FbL,

"... acknowledging and making what restitution is possible ..."

LOL - I know the Kennedys have scads of money, but the only way he could have met these conditions, IMHO, would have been for Teddy to:

1) Plead GUILTY to the charges: a) DUI; b) involuntary manslaughter; c) leaving the scene of an accident involving death or serious bodily harm; and d) obstruction of justice.

2) Serve the mininum required sentence for all charges above.

3) Pay all associated court costs.

4) Become ineligible, as a convicted felon, for election to national office, including the Senate.

We really didn't think all that was going to happen, though, did we? LOL

FbL briefed on January 10, 2007 03:49 PM

I wasn't thinking of money.

BloodSpite briefed on January 10, 2007 10:29 PM

Ted will never die

He's drank so much he's embalmed.

ry briefed on January 10, 2007 11:15 PM

"Ry - Regarding Larisa of At-Largely: How did you find this one?"

I found that using the Memorandum aggregator(yet another tool I stole from John at some point.). John also made a good recommendation that I read as broadly as possible. As have others. You never know who has a nugget worth going after.
And if I didn't go out into the hinterlands I'd lose my ability to be random@55/crazy. I'd cease to be of use.

The Pakistan thing? She's right and utterly, utterly wrong. Pakistani fighters did get involved in Afghanistan, some paid and trained by us and some paid by OBL when he set up a parrallel group to go fight the Sovs, and they did become the nucleus for the Taliban(if memory serves. Been a while since I read up on that part of the world). The rest? Seems like a highly partisan look at history.

Mushariff is not a bossom buddy. Pakistan has always been an ally of necessity and not because of its sterling reputation and liberal mind set. I hate to be all real-politik here, but the real world sometimes requires people to partake of bastardly actions. Pakistan is not such a great friend. Nobody who has even done a terse amount of reading on the subject of Pak-US relations knows this. It's complicated and always has been.

MajMike briefed on January 11, 2007 03:54 PM

wasn't that Saint Augustine?

Maggie briefed on January 11, 2007 05:49 PM

MajMike - The real point is that there is no St. Maggie.

John of Argghhh! briefed on January 11, 2007 06:01 PM

Organize the voters of the commonwealth to turn-out Kerry and Kennedy, Maggie - and all options are open...

Maggie briefed on January 11, 2007 10:47 PM

Ahhh, Armorer - Would that I could! I am but one of repressed minority here in Massachusetts.

"Nobody knows the trouble I've seen..........."

ry briefed on January 12, 2007 12:56 AM

I think that was supposed to be a hint to create a bimbo erruption to get rid of both Kerry and Kennedy, Maggs. You're tough. you can take one for the team. Okay, two.

John of Argghhh! briefed on January 12, 2007 07:58 AM

Ry - Bimbo eruptions don't damage Democrats. They've been given a Get Out Of Jail card by the feminists. Only right-wingers are damaged by bimbo eruptions.

Maggie - no one said sainthood would be easy. Get to work, girl. Or get to the Nunnery!

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