Skip to comments.No fries with that: fast food axed at Afghan bases
Posted on 04/06/2010 8:00:33 PM PDT by Cheap_Hessian
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Reuters) Fast food joints where soldiers wolf down burgers and pizza will soon be a thing of the past at bases in Afghanistan, as the U.S. military reminds soldiers they are at war and not in "an amusement park."
In the sprawling military base at Kandahar, the fast food outlets facing the axe include Burger King, Pizza Hut, and the U.S. chain restaurant T.G.I. Friday's that features a bar with alcohol-free margaritas and other drinks -- all set along the bustling "Boardwalk" area of the base.
The U.S. military says its beef with the burger joints is that they take up valuable resources like water, power, flight and convoy space and that cutting back on non-essentials is key to running an efficient military operation.
Warning that concessions like Orange Julius, Dairy Queen and Military Car Sales were also on the exit list, Hall said less-obvious changes were coming too -- including fewer canned and bottled goods coming into the country as well as fewer first-run movie showings and some entertainment programs.
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R and R is a vital part of combat operations, so far as I’ve been schooled.
That’s right, lower that morale! Good move, Commander-in-Cheese.
...no surprise here....one of the lessons of Vietnam was that the American military goes into a theater of war at the highest possible materiale level....then it IMMEDIATELY sets about to upgrade itself.
Way to boost morale!!!
I guess the Modern Army travels on Hope and Change and not on its stomach (as has been said for over 2,000 years).
Can this regime end soon enough?
Wonder if the mess halls still serve steak and lobster?
This is the type of military command stupidity that usually only can be found in a M*A*S*H episode. Decision reversed in 5 . . . . 4 . . . . 3 . . . . 2 . . . .
Destroy America, destroy the economy, destroy health care, destroy the dollar, destroy military morale, destroy everyone’s retirement, destroy apple pie, etc., a never ending list. Just something else that has Zero’s filthy fingerprints all over it.
Apparantly he's still in the army.
I didn’t think it was possible, but I hate this administration more - each and every day.
Especially as compared to second-run movies.
R an R to Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal consists of 8 mile runs.
That is exactly what those who voted for obama voted for. They asked for it and they got it.
This is crazy, it’s a deliberate effort to demoralize the troops.
These people are the last people that need to be lectured about being in a war. Having something small yet enjoyable - a piece of pizza, etc, in frickin AFGHANISTAN doesn’t suddenly make the person forget where they are or somehow take their focus off what they’re doing.
R & R is important to let these guys decompress a bit. Otherwise they’ll burn out and be no good for themselves or anyone else. If a little pizza or a movie from home can help keep people uplifted while in a crappy place doing a crappy job almost all others wouldn’t, then that should be done and recognized as a positive thing for the troops.
Heh, that’s pretty funny.
Sure he respects the troops. Maybe he thought they had too much when he dropped in a couple of weeks ago. They need to spread the wealth a bit, doncha know.
Considering that the troops in Afghanistan are in the peak of physical condition, an occasional burger would do little in any negative way. At the same time, the occasional burger (reminder of home) has to be a great morale buster.
Obama: “Let ‘em eat $#I+ on a shingle.”
Let'm be reminded of why they're there. Let'em watch Jack Lemon & Sandy Dennis in The Out of Towners (Oh, my Gawd!) a few dozen times; that'll surely boost morale!
Chip, chip, chip...CRACK!
The sounds of Barack
Working with the Change Gang
Hoping to make America hang!
I add one more: Destroy the Christian Church.
That was on Sunday’s......
When I first arrived @ Anaconda (now Joint Base Balad) in ‘04’- Friday night was pork chop night. Not many saw the irony there.......Fridays are the muzzie goin’to meetin’ days - so we served pork.
Bush wasn’t much better
This is purely to demoralize.
I suspect contract obligations will delay implementation of this BS
Bush wasnt much better
By the order of Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, is shutting down most of these reminders of home.
"This is a war zone - not an amusement park," Command Sgt. Maj. Michael T. Hall recently wrote on the ISAF blog.
Please note that Sergeant Major Hall is the messenger (whether he agreees or not is irrellevant).
General Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of Special Forces in Iraq, who runs eight miles a day, eats one meal and sleeps for only four hours a night, has given orders to close the junk food concessions on Nato bases.
This is possibly a case of Queeg Syndrome.
I shall reserve judgement.
Yep. Destroy capitalism, destroy marriage... He doesn’t just want to see America defeated, he wants every virtue America stood for, and every characteristic that distinguishes this country from other countries to be utterly wiped from the face of the earth. The man is the Devil himself.
Well, Obamao’s Regime did ban fast food in school lunch programs so in the spirit of equality, Soldiers should also forego things such items.
It’s only fair to treat them the same as school kids after all.
Have to wonder if he saw those shops and flipped and sent a rocket to McChrystal to remove them asap?
Especially after 5 tours.
Time to up the supplies via the FReeper canteen.
I guess only Obama deserves Waygu Beef.
Obama and his perfumed princes are doing all they can to destroy morale over there.
Let em eat $#I+ on a shingle.
Hey, I love SOS, the best meal in the messhall when I was in. As an interesting aside, my son just returned from Afghanistan and said the base at Kandahar had a lot of pouges sitting around doing nothing, so that may be the reason. I’ll have him check it out when he returns Friday. Semper Fi
Seeing the prices of a jar of chipped beef in store, I have had to forgo such luxuries.
Even Spam is getting outrageous, at $3.50 for a 12 oz can.
It's cheaper buy, and suffer with, boneless pork loins, boneless USDA Choice beef sirloin roasts, legs of lamb.
Thanks for the information.
What I hear was that it was the nato pogues laying about playing xbox.
Our Men do the heavy lifting.
"This is a war zone -- not an amusement park," Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hall wrote in a blog earlier this year.
Personally, I think this guy is off his rocker. Seems to think that the troops gotta suffer to make war more warlike. (Maybe he'll take it to the next level and start randomly shooting his troops to have them undergo a more 'realistic' sniper training during whatever downtime they get.)
Who axed Obama to do this?
You should treat yourself to Stouffer’s creamed chipped beef once in awhile. It’s 2 or 3 bucks, you heat it in the micro, put it on a couple pieces of toast—mmmmmm, good!
The floggings will continue until morale improves.
I stand corrected on my previous post.
It’s not coming from the Command Sgt. Major, but General McCrystal. Though the sentiment remains - directed at the ISAF General.
I love that stuff. Every time it goes on sale, I’m there!
The only thing I will say, is that the staff people at HQ get to enjoy these things, while most of the troops in the field never see them.
I wouldn’t deny the troops these things, but we do need to do more for the grunts out in the dirt.
By the way..my Dad nearly lost his feet to frost bite before the Battle of the Bulge. No dry socks were available pinned down by German fire. Fortunately, he was evacuated because there was an empty space on a med evac DC-3..the day before the Bulge.
Problem I find with the infantry and others is that they can’t seem to differentiate between the pogues and those whose skills are too d@mn valuable to send out on convoys and raids.
Intel and medical for example. If you send the intel guys out, then you’ve just gouged out your eyes and burned out your ears... for you no longer have anyone looking to find the enemy we’re supposed to be fighting.
And medical... well, if their sent out, whose going to be there to patch you up if you’re hurt?
I seriously doubt the Kenyan IS behind this, but . . . .
That was certainly my husband's thought - that he made McChrystal take the heat for something he saw and thought excessive and "unfair" to the troops at the front.
Hubby was in Kuwait for a few months at one of the stopping points for coming and going to Iraq. The ones heading into battle and those returning LOVED the better facilities and the taste of home. Removing it doesn't make it "fair" for all of them, it makes it "unfair" for all of them. The contractors won't go open one out where they will only get minimal business and take the larger chances of getting blown up.
As always the liberal mindset is to bring everybody DOWN to the same level.
From what I understand, mostly Airdales and supply, although my son doesn’t say much.