On Tuesday, April, 20, 2010 . . . retired military leaders, along with U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (Rep.-Indiana) and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, released new findings on the dramatic increase of obesity among young adults age 17 to 24 years and its negative consequences towards U.S. national security.If this is true, who will fight America's wrong-headed wars of the future?
Because American foreign policy is predicated on irresponsible foreign adventures that often turn into quagmires -- all taking place in hot, inhospitable regions -- these bulging waistlines are dangerously shrinking the ranks of the expendable.
Isn't there a way to make a fat kid useful in combat? Tell him Pizza Hut is on the other side of the hill you're trying to take? Or, that the enemy ran off with their cache of Twinkies?
Sure, Taco Bell and 7/Eleven, among many other fast food and junk food purveyors are doing their part to make their products available to their consumers, even overseas in war zones, but is it enough?
A few ideas on how make use of a chunkier, though less robust, fighting force:
- Use golf carts more often for ground patrols
- Rolling suitcases filled with gear, rather than heavy backpacks
- More frequent rest breaks during fire fights
- More sensitivity to food allergies
- Less yelling from commanding officers (embarrassment and stress leads to anxious over consumption of comfort foods)
- More conflicts on US soil so that soldiers can go home after a day's fighting
- Give Dockers the contract for making US military uniforms -- no one knows fat people like Dockers!
- Heavier reliance on drone attacks, and other forms of battle that allow combatants to sit
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