Obama Eliminates Breakfast for US Troops in Afghanistan, Stuffs Own Face

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


If only American soldiers in Afghanistan were unemployed Democratic voters in Chicago, then they might be getting three square meals a day from the government.

But the military is the one place that Obama feels comfortable slashing expenses. While spending at an uncontrollable rate unseen since the last days of the Roman Empire in every other area, Obama has been cutting “waste” in the military like 20,000 Marines, Tricare healthcare for veterans and breakfast for soldiers serving in areas where he would only venture accompanied by heavy firepower.

Warren Buffett and other crony capitalists can pig out on Obama’s trillion dollar deficits. As for the troops. Let them ear MRE’s.

The Army has stopped serving cooked breakfasts to some of the U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan as part of its drawdown, a move that prompted troops to write home asking their families and friends to send care packages with cereal, breakfast bars and other foods.

The Army told the Washington Guardian the current cutbacks began Jan. 1, and affect about 2,700 soldiers deployed in forward operating bases in more remote areas of Afghanistan.

The Washington Guardian reported earlier this month that the current budget crisis in Congress prompted Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to write a memo order preparations for sweeping budget cuts across all military programs to begin as early as next month.

Officials stressed other comforts at the forward operating bases may also soon be reduced, such as laundry and recreation, as officials look for other ways to reduce the American footprint in advance of departing the country.

They said the meal cutbacks are currently affecting forward operating bases in more remote areas of Afghanistan and not affecting the main American bases in Kabul and Kandahar.

Exit questions. How many cooked breakfasts for soldiers would Obama’s 20 million dollar Hawaii vacations and the 1.4 billion that his clan’s non-stop partying buy?

While American soldiers go hungry, here is what Obama and his corrupt cronies had for their inaugural lunch.

First Course: Steamed Lobster with New England Clam Chowder Sauce, Sautéed Spinach, Sweet Potato Hay
Second Course: Hickory-Grilled Bison with Red Potato Horseradish Cake, Butternut Squash Purée, Baby Golden Beets and Green Beans, Strawberry Preserve and Red Cabbage
Third Course: Hudson Valley Apple Pie with Sour Cream Ice Cream, Artisan Cheeses
Wines: Tierce Finger Lakes Dry Riesling (2010), Korbel Natural, Special Inaugural Cuvée California Champagne, Bedell Cellars Merlot (2009)

Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were humanitarian social workers compare to Barack and Michelle Obama.

UPDATE: Here are some comments by current and former service members

Gee

How outrageous – when I was in the US Army – it was a requirement that they provide 3 hot meals a day unless in field. Failure to provide that was grounds for an immediate honorable discharge.

Warrant Officer
US Army/US Army Reserves
1977-1986

Mike

I’m over here in Afghanistan right now and it’s no “crock”. I’m on Bagram and they just stopped hot breakfasts here as of 1 Feb. This isn’t about winning or losing it’s about what the current President is doing against the country he is supposed to support.

Ar’nun

I’m glad I got out when I did. There were two things in Afghanastan worth looking forward to. Going Home, and hot meals. Now the hot meals were not exactly gourmet, but they got you through the day.

Coach

When I ran a mess hall it was stressed to us to do the very best job possible because meals are part of a soliders pay. This is a violation of soliders’ rights. Where is Congress on this?

James

First off as a vet, I will tell you flat out no one serving active duty is going hungry. That accusation is just ridiculous in its face. Second I think it is really nasty that the government has cut back on giving active duty troops a warm breakfast but military is typically one disappointment after another. Be that disappointment about available duty stations, watch rotations, time allowed for liberty or just a phone call home, and so on. So as a veteran, I deeply sympathize but this is really just one more disappointment from bureaucrats, republican or democrats, who have no idea what it’s like to be deployed. This is however an awesome opportunity for all those who say they support the troops, to put their money where their mouth is by sending care packages. Here are a few trustworthy links:

http://www.uso.org/operation-uso-care-package.aspx

http://www.operationgratitude.com/?gclid=CKXrmau1k7UCFRKmPAod71EA6A

http://www.jewsingreen.com/2011/04/kosher-troops/

  • lindaspy

    There is no truth to the Internet myth that Washington budget cuts have taken away breakfast for service members in Afghanistan, Defense Department officials said.

    Americans serving in Afghanistan can have up to four meals a day: breakfast, lunch, dinner and a midnight meal, if one is needed.

    The Internet myth’s genesis came from a few forward operating bases in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province that are closing or being turned over to Afghan security forces. Instead of a hot, prepared breakfast, service members at those bases receive packaged meals known as “meals, ready-to-eat,” or MREs. This streamlines the logistics for these closing bases, officials explained.

    Snopes.com — a website that looks into Internet myths — rates this tale as “partly true.” The original email that sparked the controversy vastly overstated the extent of the “MRE for breakfast” policy. The original email also said the reason for the policy was because of DOD budget cuts. This is not true, defense officials said.

    The vast majority of service members in Afghanistan are receiving a hot breakfast, officials emphasized.

    For what it’s worth, Snopes.com labeled the so-called myth “partly true.”

    Bottom line: Thanks to the Obama drawdown, not budget cuts, U.S. troops will indeed be unable to get a hot breakfast while serving in Afghanistan and will instead be served packaged MREs.

  • Save the Innocent

    Hmmm…wonder if he put his wife in charge of the meal situation since she’s been starving our children for years with her ridiculous reduced-calorie school lunch program…!

    • RG

      children really aren’t starving from the food because of her. They still get food chill and the obesity rate in children has not gone down.

      • I’m not fooled

        Stop drinking the Kool-aid…her one-size-fits-all, famine-calorie approach to school lunches DOES make children hungry, esp active children, which DOES impact their concentration in class. If kids are still obese (which mine are not), then maybe the problem is not calories, but food additives or GMOs. In that case, her program is ineffective, just like her husband’s administration…how ’bout that for “chill”…

        • Adam

          Or, parents need to step up and be active with their children…

    • Debbie Tracey-Young

      When Michelle had her birthday party, she wrote in them please eat before coming. She was just having hodorves.

    • Chyna

      BUT, she allows them to EAT MCDONALDS! with FOOD STAMP card! Yep, real healthy! NOT……………. They BOTH need to be taken out of the white house…

  • Truth Teller
  • Max Blood

    Coach

    When I ran a mess hall it was stressed to us to do the very best job possible because meals are part of a soliders pay. This is a violation of soliders’ rights. Where is Congress on this?

    umm obama put them on recess which is a real big violation, he’s not not supposed to decide only congress, why is he still around? nixon had water gate and other stuff, clinton caught a bj and were both impeached, obama has broken the declaration of impedance rules, he bows down to muslim scum, he takes all the flags out of the oval office and the list goes on, yet this scumbag is still there… how and why?

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  • Debbie Tracey-Young

    I cant wait till his term is up. These are some of the most important people in out country, fighting, loosing their lives. Maybe if they had a good breakfast, they could of been more alert while fighting. This is a disgrace Obama. While you sit and eat, let your daughters go without breakfast. How would you feel about that?

  • Chip

    Obama, destroying The United States of America one day at a time!

    • Mate

      To my fellow starving Americans: “Life is good on top at your expense!”

    • veteran222

      gutting the loyal in the military, one day at a time.

    • Meowhiss

      It is time to hang that SOB!

  • sp

    It’s time to impeach this criminal S.O.B., lock him up in jail where he belongs, and deny him food!

  • Grinder

    Why should congress and the President get 3 Meals a day if troops can’t. My dad was in the Korean war and said any food is better then none at all. Congress should cut their $174,000 wage to help feed the troops then they might give the food back. Why should they party like kings and the troops starve not right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Adam

    I’m sorry good sir but are you speaking from FOB experience? Going out for a month on an operation you look forward to hot chow. EVERY person on a PB or FOB knows that. Big moral F***. But, it’s nice to see that the command groups at Kabul and KAF are still in good shape! If you are implying that we should just sit back and take it because “it’s done and happening” than I would implore you to do a bit of searching on what it is to be an American and not from a third world dictatorship. Cheers

  • Ben Rios

    The loss of the breakfast meal is not just in the field. My son is active duty and he has told me that they have a “grab and go” breakfast which consists of cereal , bananas and nutrigrain bars. No hot meal and that is here in the U.S. So as others have stated that it’s ok for this jerk in office to take multimillion dollar vacations, send money even during sequestration to other countries, feed and house illegal immigrants but to take care of our servicemembers, that is not on this administration’s priority list.

  • L Wahl

    This is such bull… It is time to start getting rid of the politicians. They have far too many benefits they have awarded themselves and now they are cutting food for our soldiers? No.. Not right on so many levels!!! I think they should not be allowed to hold public office if they have not served in the military so they would know firsthand what our soldiers go through!

  • dancemomtoo131

    this is not true…the troops still get 4 meals a day. in some areas the first meal of the day has been replaced with MRE’s because of logistics, not budget cuts…get the facts right people

  • chyna

    IF they feel They MUST cut somewhere then of all the places to cut, why someone that is far from home, defending our country? Soldiers MUST keep up their strength for mind and body to be at it’s best. CUT the meal in the prisons…There are so many other ways,,,,Why make it harder and more disrespectful as well as showing lack of appreciation to our troops over there trying to keep us safe! This is one of the most horrific things congress as ever done!!!! WHY??? Because Obama says so!! Cut down on some of those expensive vacations and White House Dinner parties they throw! I am more discouraged and disappointed than ever now for this Country….NO ONE can tell me we are not in the second coming of Christ. And it seems to me as untouchable as Obama is, that he may be the Anti Christ. He should have been charged with Treason, or Impeached, etc by now…And yet he is still trying to get the law changed to where he can run for ANOTHER TERM! If he does I will be totally sure within my self of what and who he really is…

  • Lorelei Lee87