orgotten my balaclava, which could have come in handy at night when it was around 20F. 'Balaclava' is one of the items on my checkllist, but I didn't check it off, and I wanted to get up the mountain road before sundown, so I didn't have enough time to stop in Modesto to double check I had everything. Thankfully, it wasn't really needed since we didn't go too far from the car.

Now, some people might wonder, what do you need a balaclava for? Some people might wonder, what the hell is a balaclava? Some people might look at a balaclava in bemusement, wondering if it's some kind of a mitten or a tea cozy or something.

The "balaclava" story is our Hearts and Minds effort, specifically our inability to knock out Iraqi TV from the first day (permitted I believe under the Geneva Convention so long as there is little likelihood of civilian casualties), and our inability, coming as we do from the most advertised-to society on earth, to broadcast our message far and wide in Iraq using all means necessary, not just mimeography. Including therein our limited use of Iraqi exiles as translators and local ambassadors, using instead graduates of the DLI.

Posted by: Lonewacko at April 7, 2003 12:09 AM

It would be interesting if the Western press stopped referring to Sultan and his ilk as "Prince Sultan" and started calling him "Sultan, the dictator of Saudi Arabia." We are not living in the Middle Ages: anyone who is the sole ruler of a country is a dictator, not a king.

Posted by: alkali at April 9, 2003 10:17 AM

It took three weeks, but we're finally broadcasting TV to Iraq: http://lonewacko.com/blog/archives/000440.html#000440

Note that the planes that are broadcasting this have had the technical capability to do so all along: http://www.dxing.info/profiles/clandestine_information_iraq.dx

Whether they could have jammed the Iraqi TV signals or not, I don't know. However, they could have simply broadcast these messages over unused UHF or VHF channels.

So, why did this take three weeks?

Posted by: Lonewacko at April 10, 2003 06:28 PM
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