What is barrage fire?

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    Do they know they’re old,
    These two who are my father and my mother
    Whose fire from which I came, has now grown cold?
    Elizabeth Jennings (b. 1926)

    The rising power of the United States in world affairs ... requires, not a more compliant press, but a relentless barrage of facts and criticism.... Our job in this age, as I see it, is not to serve as cheerleaders for our side in the present world struggle but to help the largest possible number of people to see the realities of the changing and convulsive world in which American policy must operate.
    James Reston (b. 1909)