By “Pintface” Pete Bogs/BogsBlog
U.S. military bases in Afghanistan will soon no longer be "Home of the Whopper," as military officials have decided to pull the plug on most private food vendors, which have been deemed a waste of resources. That means troops will no longer be able to spend their hard-earned combat pay on fast food burgers, fried cheese sticks, soft-serve ice cream, pizza and more.
While some have questioned the very notion of fast food franchises being available to troops in battle zones (profiteering, misplaced priorities, etc.), I feel that people who are risking life and limb overseas should be able to partake of the “comforts of home” whenever possible. And this is coming from a vegetarian who avoids most fast food (ok, except for pizza).
If having access to junk food that’s available on every street corner back home means taking away water, power and other vital resources from military operations, however, then the “sesame seed buns” probably do have to go.
This story raises a larger question about the wisdom of the privatization of war, i.e., private companies supplying goods and services right in a war zone. Maybe some of the other private interests – that are not only using up resources (including lots of taxpayers’ money) but, by operating outside any oversight, undercutting whatever legitimacy we have in the region – need to go as well. The burger joints are merely attacking our troops’ digestive systems, not massacring civilians.