Breakfast for troops in Afghanistan are being cut as a way to reduce the "footprint" and as "part of the effort to begin closing down U.S. operations," having nothing to do with the budget, according to officials.
The Washington Times reports that instead, troops will be getting pre-packaged meals known as MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), which are referred to as "Meals Rejected by Everyone," as reported by CNN. The MREs are "considered by health experts to be 'restricted rations' which should not be served for more than 21 days." MREs are designed for troops who are "out in the field without access to cooking facilities," as reported by the Jewish Press. The move has prompted troops to write home to request alternatives. How pathetic, that the men and women who risk their lives are not getting breakfast!
Perhaps the President should reconsider his Lobster, Bison and Apple Pie.
The outrageous decision is not only completely irrational and disrespectful, it is dangerous. How is it possible that the troops can effectively do their jobs without breakfast? The MREs are designed for an emergency situation on the ground, not as a valid meal replacement. Col. Joe Wawro, an infantry commander for the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat team explained that "As a part of the responsible draw down of operational forces serving in Afghanistan, my staff examined ways to reduce our footprint and set the conditions for the reduction of forces." With all due respect, Col. Wawro, you can take your reasoning and stick it where the sun don't shine. Find other ways to reduce your "footprint," but do not take it out on those brave men and women who risk their lives every day.
While there are troops in any part of the world, America should make it known that what can be done to support them, will be done. A hot breakfast for troops is not too much to ask.
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