Monday, February 02, 2009

Beer for My Soldiers

I chatted on instant messenger with my son briefly today. He said that his entire base got beer for the Superbowl -- except for the infantry platoons, because they're required to drive. I call bullshit, and so did my son's buddies. They stole some and took it back their rooms. I'm pretty sure the stolen beer amounted to about one each, so there's no danger of camels being struck by Humvees or anything.

*edit - I just realized that allowing soldiers in a war zone to have only one or two beers is akin to taking Anna Kournikova to Iraq to entertain the troops, but dressing her in a burkah.

12 comments:

LERMONTOV said...

One is better than none!

Nautilus said...

Maybe the officers thought forcing the infantry guys to steal theirs would make good training!

Marchelle said...

ATTA-BOY(S)!! And if it makes any difference, I heard on Bob & Tom this morning that they were supposedly only allotted two each anyway...

AK™ said...

cool.

doanli said...

I think because they're doing a job most of would not give up the comfort of our modern lives to do? Let them get drunk, at least one night.

*Oo-Rah!*

MauritaMason said...

Lerm, there's a motto to live by!

Nautilus, good point.

Marchelle, it makes me so proud.

AK, yep.

doanli, I agree - especially when you take into consideration the Army's current suicide rate.

Steve said...

If it's any consolation, the beer was likely the watered down light lager, like Bud or Miller, and not something with measurable alcohol, so there would be almost no risk of anything resembling a panty raid on the female barracks, camel-tipping, or putting a Humvee on the roof of the battalion HQ.

MauritaMason said...

Steve, it may be worse than that. The only reference I could find on the internet about this said that the beer was Schlitz.

yackydoodle said...

Schlitz? they still make that or is that left over from the Korean war and been stored in an army warehouse for years?

yackydoodle said...

....and Marchelle's comment really made me miss Bob & Tom...

MauritaMason said...

LOL @ Korean War beer, Yacky. Bob and Tom are syndicated now, and you can listen to them on the internet at http://www.wfbq.com

Steve said...

You laugh, but Schlitz recently reintroduced the recipe they had prior to Prohibition, which was actually beer. And good beer too. The stuff is better than Budweiser (which doesn't take much).

If it's good enough for making Milwaukee famous, it's good enough for our nation's fighting men and women.