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Old 04-06-10, 09:07 PM
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You can't eat Fast Food here! This is the War Zone!

Have the Food Police made their way to Afghanistan? Or is this a necessary cutback?

No fries with that: fast food axed at Afghan bases

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.

On any given day, the giant square-shaped walkway features the surreal sight of soldiers sipping gourmet coffee and eating chocolate pastries with guns slung across their shoulders, while Canadians play ice hockey at a nearby rink and fighter jets thunder overhead.

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.

"This is a war zone -- not an amusement park," Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hall wrote in a blog earlier this year.

"Supplying nonessential luxuries to big bases like Bagram and Kandahar makes it harder to get essential items to combat outposts and forward operating bases, where troops who are in the fight each day need resupply with ammunition, food and water."

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.

For now, fast food joints like Burger King which operate out of little shacks along the Kandahar boardwalk are still doing brisk business, with lines snaking outside their counters, but their contracts are not expected to be renewed when they expire.

A motley crew of other stores selling Afghan books, jewelry and phone cards and the busy Canadian Tim Horton's outlet that sells coffee and doughnuts will stay on.

Some U.S. soldiers privately grumble about the cutbacks, but others said they were not bothered by the new edict.

Those desperate for comfort food always have the option of the "Chef's short order" section at the dining halls, where fried calamari rings, fish fingers and burgers are free for soldiers and available in abundance.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100405/...istan_fastfood

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Old 04-06-10, 09:24 PM
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Sgt. Major Hall is a fucking idiot. Those guys deserve a little relief from the day to day grind of war. Give them a break moron.
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Sgt. Major Hall is a fucking idiot. Those guys deserve a little relief from the day to day grind of war. Give them a break moron.
This.

Yeah, brilliant move there jackass. I'm sure this won't affect morale at all.
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When my kid was in Iraq last year, they had Subway as their only recognizable fast food chain at the transition base he was at. They had the typical Subway bread and mustard and a few different meats. No veg, no mayo, no bacon.
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To be fair, Sgt. Major Michael Hall has had a bug up his butt since his brother, Anthony Michael Hall, snagged a part in the 2008 blockbuster The Dark Knight.
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This might be a really dumb question, but do the soldiers pay for stuff like this? Burger King, TGI Fridays, etc?
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"Supplying nonessential luxuries to big bases like Bagram and Kandahar makes it harder to get essential items to combat outposts and forward operating bases, where troops who are in the fight each day need resupply with ammunition, food and water."

How does a Burger King in the area keep ammo from getting to the troops? Sounds ridiculous.
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Originally Posted by whoopdido View Post
This might be a really dumb question, but do the soldiers pay for stuff like this? Burger King, TGI Fridays, etc?
The troops pay for it. I don't know if the prices are subsidized, though.

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How does a Burger King in the area keep ammo from getting to the troops? Sounds ridiculous.
To oversimplify, if there's a cargo plane with room for 20 crates, you can load it with 20 crates of ammunition or 20 crates of hamburger buns.
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Sgt. Major Hall is a fucking idiot. Those guys deserve a little relief from the day to day grind of war. Give them a break moron.
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If you are going to man a post in a war torn region, the least we can do for you is give you a freakin' hamburger when you want one.

This is idiotic and this man should be bumped down to private and clean the latrines.
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If you are going to man a post in a war torn region, the least we can do for you is give you a freakin' hamburger when you want one.
Those desperate for comfort food always have the option of the "Chef's short order" section at the dining halls, where fried calamari rings, fish fingers and burgers are free for soldiers and available in abundance.
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Re: You can't eat Fast Food here! This is the War Zone!

"This is a war zone -- not an amusement park," Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hall wrote in a blog earlier this year.
When I was a kid, whenever I would cry about wanting to go to Disney World or Great Adventures, my parents would take me to McDonalds and have me sit there all day...now I know why.
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On any given day, the giant square-shaped walkway features the surreal sight of soldiers sipping gourmet coffee and eating chocolate pastries with guns slung across their shoulders, while Canadians play ice hockey at a nearby rink and fighter jets thunder overhead.
Americans eat and Canadians play hockey. Stereotypes...
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Originally Posted by whoopdido View Post
This might be a really dumb question, but do the soldiers pay for stuff like this? Burger King, TGI Fridays, etc?
They dont pay Taxes for the fast food places or any other stores on an army base.
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I'm not sure that war should be comfortable.
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I can only imagine what the current nannies that be would do about soldiers smoking if WWII was happening today.
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Those desperate for comfort food always have the option of the "Chef's short order" section at the dining halls, where fried calamari rings, fish fingers and burgers are free for soldiers and available in abundance.
They should have whatever they want. If you face enemy fire all day and want an Orange Julius, you should get one.

We treat our soldiers like crap in this country. It's shameful.

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I'm not sure that war should be comfortable.
If it's reasonably feasible, I think our military should be afforded as many comforts as possible, particularly in times of war.
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If it's reasonably feasible, I think our military should be afforded as many comforts as possible, particularly in times of war.
Creature comforts should be provided. I have no problem with that. I just find it a sad sign of our current age that we equate that with the ability to get a fucking Whopper. Whatever happened to cigarettes and whores?
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Creature comforts should be provided. I have no problem with that. I just find it a sad sign of our current age that we equate that with the ability to get a fucking Whopper. Whatever happened to cigarettes and whores?
Until a Five Guys franchise opens in Afghanistan, the Whopper is probably the best cheeseburger they can reasonably expect.
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Whatever happened to cigarettes and whores?
You mean Camels and camels?

They have those.
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I can only imagine what the current nannies that be would do about soldiers smoking if WWII was happening today.
Thank goodness none of the soldiers serving today are smokers so we never need to find out how people would react. Except, of course, in our imaginations.
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My concern is the more Cinnabon franchises we open in Kabul, the more this starts to look less like a war and more like an occupation. So while 99% of me is saying "If a serviceman wants a McRib, give him a McRib!" there's that voice in the back of my head saying that maybe Anthony Michael Hall has a point.
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Thank goodness none of the soldiers serving today are smokers so we never need to find out how people would react. Except, of course, in our imaginations.
What pct currently smoke? What pct do you think smoked in 1944? Thus, my comment.
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