Let Them Eat MREs
The FOB (Forward Operation Bases) in Afghanistan have stopped serving hot breakfasts for both the Marines and Army personnel. In there place, MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), are being substituted. At some Afghani FOBs and COPs (Combat Out Post) the 24 /7, "always open," sandwich and snack bars have also been closed.
Snopes.com quotes some military families on the situation:
My husband, along with a few of my friends have been reporting (all from different FOB's) that they are no longer being served a morning meal. For a lot of soldiers, this means that, due to their shifts, they are only able to make it for chow for one meal a day now.
There's the outrage, in the starkest of terms. These young men and women, who put their lives on the line in far off lands, deserve better, much better from the country they serve.
Why exactly is the hot chow being discontinued? The American Forces Press Service, the Department of Defense media office, publicly admitted that the "original DOD email said the reason for the policy was because of DOD budget cuts." That accidental truth lasted about three microseconds, before all hands quickly adjusted their excuses, so as not raise the anger of every service family in America.
The new truth, via CDR Bill Speaks, Secretary of Defense Press Officer for the Afghanistan/Pakistan/Central Asia area:
As part of the responsible drawdown of operational forces serving in Afghanistan, the staff examined ways to reduce our footprint and set the conditions for the reduction of forces. The leaders, both military and civilian, provided feedback during the process and estimated that by changing the meal cycle, they would reduce overall operations by 40%. After careful examination, the local command in Paktika [an Afgan province] decided to modify the meal cycle. This has nothing to do with the national budget, and everything to do with our responsible reduction of forces.
That is truly world-class weasel wordsmithing.
From theblaze.com, a well researched article by Liz Kilmas:
Marine Corps Lt. Col. Cliff Gilmore told NBC News in an email the base [Camp Leatherneck] will also be removing its 24-hour sandwich bar.
The cutting of these meal features in favor of MREs is not due to budgetary issues, but because food service workers "need to go home before the people who provide the security which enables those services," Gilmore wrote.
Although as of June 1 there will three hot meals per day -- when before there were four -- Gilmore also included that eventually there will be only two.
So, where are the Congresspersons who have the brass cojones to publicly ask the tough questions of the DOD, the questions the Obama-fawning MSM so willfully ignores?
1. What is the difference in cost between serving four hot meals a day as compared to three or two hot meals a day to these troops? What are the actual hard numbers?
2. The soldier's email said that starting December 30th some of the hot meals ended. The sequestration budget began March 30th. So it was not the sequestration cuts that forced the cutback in hot meals. It was therefore a deliberate policy decision that would knowingly erode the morale of our front line soldiers. This is NOT a responsible drawdown, it is a serious breach of faith between the "trigger pullers" and the senior officers they expect to provide them with the "beans, bullets and boots" needed to fight a successful war.
3. Also carefully note that Commander Speaks mentions civilians as being part of this flawed decision process. Who the hell are these civilian leaders that are sticking their noses into what should be a purely military logistics operation? Are the U.S. Armed Forces becoming more like old Soviet Union, where the zampolit, or political officer has veto power over military decisions, to insure that the will of the civilian leadership is being properly carried out?
4. With the billions of dollars of fraud, stupidity, waste and "green energy" boondoggles that plague the federal government and the Department of Defense, why does our Commander-in-Chief either through ignorance or deliberate action allow the DOD to withhold the funds to feed our troops in the manner they deserve to be fed?
Service families and all Americans should be outraged as hell over this breach of faith, exposed by this squalid episode. Our Constitution vests such authority for all military matters in one individual, the president as Commander-in-Chief.
Obama has utterly failed, once again, in carrying out his sworn duties to this country and its military.
Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that said, "The Buck Stops Here!" If Barack Obama had a sign on his desk, it would read, "What Buck? No One Told Me!"