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Fulit
10-13-2001, 11:00 AM
I just saw a thing on MSNBC where they're saying that Afghanis are complaining about the food we are dropping. Apparently, we're dropping MRE's and they said they want rice, sugar, and wheat. At least one man was said to have thrown the food down after tasting it.
I know they probably don't eat certain things due to their religion, but if you're starving, you're starving. I don't eat pork or beef, but I'd tear into some beans and franks if I was starving to death.
But this leads to another question. If the tables were turned, would you eat food dropped by the "enemy"?

JediTricks
10-13-2001, 12:27 PM
Our gov't says the MREs they're dropping are vegetarian and fit in with the customs of the Muslim religion. If I had the choice between eating an MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) from the US or not, I would probably choose the latter simply based on the taste, texture, flavor, and smell - I've yet to encounter a US governtment MRE that was anything but yucky. :p I've even had uncooked dehydrated camping food that was better than MREs (though uncooked camping spaghetti will give you the runs, as my entire Boy Scout troop learned... the HARD WAY!!!). ;)

bigbarada
10-13-2001, 03:55 PM
Hey!! If you know how to prepare them right, MRE's are yummy! Especially the Beef Ravioli and Chili Macaroni meals. The key is to use the little jars of Tabasco Sauce to utmost effect. In essence cauterizing your taste buds before they get a chance to tell you how much the food sucks.:D

In all actuality I like many of the MRE meals (I've eaten enough to know which ones are good). Which meals did you try, JT? Were they in dark brown bags, if so then those are the old ones and understandably gross. IF you ever get ahold of the tan bags with the actual nutrition labels on them, those are much better. Just stay away from Meatloaf with Gravy, Beef and Mushrooms, and any menu with Turkey. I'd recommend Beef Ravioli (some of them even come with a Slim Jim!), Chicken with Cavateli, Chili Macaroni (even though the rest of the menu kind of sucks), Beef Stew (cheese spread with jalapenos! woo-hoo!), Cheese Tortellini (vegetarian) and Pasta with Vegetables (another vegetarian meal).

Oh yeah, avoid the Pork Steak in Jamaican Style Sauce like the plague!!

Emperor Howdy
10-13-2001, 04:10 PM
Forgive my insensitivity, but I'm MUCH more interested in the dropping of LGBs, like GBUs, than MREs. CULater.

Fulit
10-13-2001, 04:18 PM
My dad used to get me the ones in the dark brown bags. I had to survive on them for a few summers years ago. Chicken ala King was the only one I could stomach. And the peanut butter in the green pouches with those utterly flavorless crackers. Ah, memories of youth.

bigbarada
10-13-2001, 04:38 PM
Has anyone ever made a bomb using the heater from an MRE? It's easy, just crumble up the grey powdery substance, that is inside the heater packet, into an empty plastic bottle (soda bottles work best), add in a little bit of water and close the cap verrrrry tightly. Shake it around until you see the grey powder start to bubble and the plastic of the bottle start to expand. Then throw it, as far as you can. The result is a VERY loud but ultimately harmless explosion, as the bottle pops like a baloon. (it takes a little practice to get the amount of water right to keep from 'drowning' the heater packet)

I actually set one of these off near my barracks a few years ago and it was so loud that someone called the MP's and within minutes there were guys with walkie-talkies running around everywhere asking people if they heard an explosion. I quickly went to my room and said nothing. I felt like such an idiot.:o

Rollo Tomassi
10-14-2001, 12:19 AM
So that was YOU!!!



(you are so busted...):p ;)

derek
10-14-2001, 11:09 AM
this reminds me of a chris rock comedy bit. i goes something like this:

if you're starving, you don't have anything like lactose intolerance or food alergies. you don't say things like,"i'm not eating pork. the pig is a filthy animal. in america fat people are scorned. in africa, if you're fat, everyone's saying, damn, how did you do that? i'm gonna hang with you. you got any pork chops?:)

bigbarada
10-14-2001, 01:31 PM
"Ain't nobody in Ethoipia lactose intolerant!"

"People always sayin' 'red meat will kill ya.' Red meat ain't gonna kill ya! Now, green meat......."

:D

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
10-14-2001, 01:42 PM
"beggars can't be choosers."

They should be grateful that they're not eating dirt, sand, or camel flops.

bigbarada
10-14-2001, 01:51 PM
No offense, LBC, but I think many of the Afghanis wouldn't take too kindly to being referred to as 'beggars.'

It understandable why they wouldn't appreciate what we are trying to accomplish, since thus far all we have done is drop bombs and food. The people of Afghanistan need to see Americans on the ground, face-to-face, riskings our lives for them. No more of this "from a distance" crap! Maybe then they will be able to see us as something more than corpulant tyrants.

Emperor Howdy
10-14-2001, 03:47 PM
Sorry, bigbarada....no offense as well, BUT, I am NOT willing to risk the lives of any of my American brothers (that includes you) just so the Afghani's can better "appreciate what we are trying to accomplish". Quite frankly, I could care a less whether they appreciate, understand, OR accept what we're doing. Trust me, there will be appropriate times for face-to-face contact with our military......face-to-face, that is, with a neck-snapping commando. That's the only contact I care to have with them. I am furious at that nation and the individuals they harbor. Stop worrying about the poor little innocent Afghans (and I'm not directing this specifically at you, b.b., I know you are military, and I give you my respect and thanks), and concern yourself more with the well-being of OUR country. Remember the thousands of Americans that still lay dead under tons of rubble that was Our World Trade Center. Remember the hundreds of Americans killed in the Pentagon, the heart of Our military. I shed not ONE tear for the people of that country....innocent or militia. Not that I cheer at the idea of innocents getting caught in the cross-fire, but you better believe I won't be picketing the White House either. They started this...we will end it....and if we don't end it?.....well...atleast they'll know we were there, that's for D.A.M.N sure.

bigbarada
10-14-2001, 05:08 PM
I understand your point EH, and personally I don't understand the idea of sending food into a country we are also bombing. Obviously, Bush wants to get the support of the Afghani people thus making it easier to route out the Taliban. However, his "would you like fries with your death and destruction?" policy is having a very negative effect. My previous post was just my idea on how to rally the support of the Afghan people more effectively. Because if we want to shut down the Taliban, that's the only way to do it. We can never win a ground war in that country due to it's nightmarish geography, thus the only way to effectively fight them is to strengthen the anti-Taliban resistance which has existed for years. Bush is trying to do this with the food drops but it's not working.

Seriously, the Afghanis must think we are a bunch of idiots with what appears to them as conflicting policies. We never sent food into Germany or Japan during WW2, even though there were many in those countries who didn't support the war. The notion was that their current government got them in the predicament they were in, thus the US felt no responsibility to help the innocent victims until said government was removed from power. I believe we should take a similar approach with Afghanistan; feed the resistance, not the starving masses, until the Taliban is sundered. Then worry about the refugees.

Emperor Howdy
10-14-2001, 05:24 PM
Well said.







(Especially the "would you like fries with your death and destruction?") :D

Emperor Howdy
10-14-2001, 05:31 PM
Hey....I'm no longer a moisture farmer! Not bad for someone who was previously a Jedi Council Member :mad: