Any thoughts on this? ( lol )
Well, yeah. ;-)
He's describing the bases that are called "enduring" bases. Regardless of what the liberals say, there will be a U.S. presence in Iraq for a long time to come. Not always at combat strength numbers by any stretch, but as we have in Germany and Japan and other locations, we will keep a presence, barring any unforeseen events.
So, yes, these bases will have the comforts of home just like any other U.S. military base in the world.
As for the complaining about how it's so great people forget where they are until the mortars come in - that's pushing it.
This reporter wasn't here for long. He needs to realize that most of us can't go outside of our perimeters. We are confined. We can't go cruising off to restaurants, movie theaters or shops in the evenings. We live trapped inside our high, concrete walls. Therefore, it makes sense to provide entertainment amenities to keep people from going stir crazy. This reporter should hang out on one of those "cushy" bases for a year and then see how he feels about it.
And it wasn't always like this. I came over in January of '04 and there were none of the big PX's, fast food places or any of that and the chow halls were either tents or little tin cans. I spent some time living in a tent as did most of the people who were here in the early days.
We're not roughing it like we did in the earlier days, but it's nothing at all like home, either. As far as comfort goes, it doesn't even come close.