When I saw on Twitter that fast food outlets at big US bases in Afghanistan would be closed, I thought for a moment that it might be a military statement in favor of healthy eating.
Alas, Burger King, Orange Julius, Dairy Queen, and others are being escorted off base because "they take up valuable resources like water, power, flight and convoy space and that cutting back on non-essentials is key to running an efficient military operation," Reuters reported.
In a blog post earlier this year, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hall wrote, "Supplying nonessential luxuries to big bases like Bagram and Kandahar makes it harder to get essential items to combat outposts and forward operating bases, where troops who are in the fight each day need resupply with ammunition, food and water."
"This is a war zone -- not an amusement park," Hall wrote.
If that is indeed the rationale, it's hard to not say bravo — even if nutrition never entered into it.
Still, I wish it had. That's a good message for anyone to send.