When you're 7,000 miles away and serving your country, it's only natural to want a taste of home. Which is why, despite health concerns, it's hard not to be sympathetic to the troops who threw a fit over last year's fast-food ban on military bases.
"When we were getting ready for what you knew would be a dangerous operation, many of my men would make a point of going to Pizza Hut right before they left," said one captain. "When you think about it, that's quite significant psychologically."
Significant, perhaps, but not to the lean General McChrystal. Famous for his puritanical views on alcohol and ability to subsist on one meal a day, the fat-free general called for an end to the McDonalds, Burger Kings, and TGI Fridays that were plaguing his troops' waistlines, citing concern over the image they were projecting across Afghanistan.
“This is a warzone, not an amusement park,” wrote one of his commanding officers dutifully after the announcement.
Homesick soldiers will often wait up to an hour for their fast-food fix. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)