Fact check: Did Obama end hot breakfasts for troops in Afghanistan?

This Internet claim, based on a press release by GOP Democrat Rep. Bruce Braley of Iowa, has been floating around for the past week or so.

Here’s the Jan. 17 press release from Braley’s office:

17 bases in Afghanistan have suspended serving troops breakfast; more bases will stop on Feb. 1

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today wrote Army Secretary John McHugh to express “growing concern” regarding Army actions that have ended service of breakfast to American troops serving at 17 US military outposts in Afghanistan.

Braley has also been informed by the Army that this policy will be expanded to more locations in Afghanistan beginning on February 1st.

“I am troubled that the Army would deny any deployed troops three meals per day, regardless of force size,” Braley wrote.  “These men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect the very freedoms we cherish. The exhaustive mental and physical labor that is required by soldiers to fight in harsh and unforgiving conditions is tremendous. We shouldn’t deny our troops something as fundamental as a proper meal.

“I am positive that with the logistical mastery the Army has exhibited in combat operations around the world, you can logistically administer the procedure of serving breakfast every day.”

The issue was brought to Braley’s attention by concerned family members of Iowa soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

Here’s how the DOD responded earlier this month:

There is no truth to the Internet myth that Washington budget cuts have taken away breakfast for service members in Afghanistan, Defense Department officials said.

Americans serving in Afghanistan can have up to four meals a day: breakfast, lunch, dinner and a midnight meal, if one is needed.

The Internet myth’s genesis came from a few forward operating bases in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province that are closing or being turned over to Afghan security forces. Instead of a hot, prepared breakfast, service members at those bases receive packaged meals known as “meals, ready-to-eat,” or MREs. This streamlines the logistics for these closing bases, officials explained.

Snopes.com — a website that looks into Internet myths — rates this tale as “partly true.” The original email that sparked the controversy vastly overstated the extent of the “MRE for breakfast” policy. The original email also said the reason for the policy was because of DOD budget cuts. This is not true, defense officials said.

The vast majority of service members in Afghanistan are receiving a hot breakfast, officials emphasized.

For what it’s worth, Snopes.com labeled the so-called myth “partly true.”

Bottom line: Thanks to the Obama drawdown, not budget cuts, U.S. troops will indeed be unable to get a hot breakfast while serving in Afghanistan and will instead be served packaged MREs.

The National Military Examiner urges something we can all get behind.

U.S. troops are slated to be in Afghanistan another two years. As contracted vendors pull out and small combat outposts close, our troops will need support from home now more than ever. If you would like to support a deployed warrior please log onto AnySoldier.com and find a troop or unit to assist.

Correction: Rep. Bruce Braley of Iowa is a Democrat. The initial version of this post misidentified him as a Republican. We regret the error.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W4BABJYOBZPUHQ2Q7IFVXDYIH4 DontlistentoMassMedia

    WHY are you looking to SNOPES, exactly?! Seriously…

    • ceyanne

      I don’t think Twitchy was looking at Snopes or endorsing it. That was part of the DOD release being quoted. Twitchy made the comment after they quoted the DOD statement, “For what it’s worth…”, implying Snopes isn’t exactly the most trustworthy or impartial site. At least that is how I interpreted it.

  • ember

    This is so wrong.

  • Guest

    Braley’s a democrat, FYI.

  • http://ownthenarrative.com/user/29 Sarge_87

    Our troops should get everything they need before one cent for social spending/government pay is allocated.

    I find it deplorable that we have vets living under bridges but we have billions to waste on satisfying campaign contributors’ pet pork projects.

    • David Crocker

      True Sarge, I’m with you. But you and I both know these issues are apples and oranges to these politicians. They will not connect the two.

    • dareisay

      He just allowed $120 million taken from Medicare to pay for illegal alien’s health care and prisoners health care! Remember he said grandma should just take a pain pill??

    • john1gun

      And certainly before ANY foriegn aid is paid out!

    • alwaysgood

      Programs designed to get the vet out from under the bridge are “social spending”. Paying troops is “government pay” because they work for the government.

    • alwaysgood

      Programs designed to get the vet out from under the bridge are “social spending”. Paying troops is “government pay” because they work for the government.

  • Michele Archer

    Can’t the commander-in-chief get off his smug ass and do something about this?

    • pepjrp

      If the military had more Blacks in it, then he would be motivated to. Sadly, he just considers the ones in now as collateral damage.

    • Andrew Markham

      He did do something. He took away thier 3 hots.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

      He’s too busy sitting still for the fawning and adulation of the Collaborationist Media.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Doc-Kimble/100001742531811 Doc Kimble

    Here’s a plan:
    Call it the “Kennesaw, GA Plan”
    1) Everybody who passes a minimal background check and gun training gets a permit to begin to open carry sidearms in public places.
    2) If the crime rate goes down, make the it a law that everyone eligible to do so, would be required to open carry sidearms in public places at all times.
    3) If the crime rate goes up, do the same as above, only with long guns.
    4) At that point, if the crime rate goes up, make it a felony to conceal carry hand guns.
    5) No one on mind-reducing drugs would be eligible for a permit.
    6) Citizens in good standing may attend all Congressional sessions while armed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=524116311 Steve Schaper

      What is a ‘mind-reducing drug’?

      • ForTheRepublic

        Read: Drug.

      • Sharpshooter

        A Democrat!

  • BeenSmiling

    Inmate – 3 meals, Soldiers – 0

  • BigDogJunction

    Don’t know why people didn’t catch on, when Snopes was exposed as a liberal couple in Glendale over 6 years ago. Now, its news?

    Having spent 6 years in the Navy and having a son in the Navy now. Nothing surprises me. We were/are the democrats $hithouse.

  • dunst43

    Are MRE’s still referred to as Meals Rejected by Ethiopians?

    • Mark Stephens

      They are. I was one of those who was “lucky” enough to be serving when MREs were introduced. Never thought that I’d think longingly of the days of C-Rations! My son (who also served) tells me that they have gotten much better, but I still have a hard time believing it.
      MRE: Three lies for the price of one! Remind you of a certain administration?

      • BruceMichaelGrant

        ‘Meals Resisting Exit’.

        • Mark Stephens

          I had not heard that one, but I recall the aftereffects of a 10 day FTX where all we got were MRE’s. It was neither pretty nor painless.

    • Jack Deth

      Hi, Frank:

      Last time I checked. Yes. There’s even a variety of Halal MREs now.

      • BruceMichaelGrant

        They have Humanitarian MRE’s which are completely vegetarian so as not to offend any kind of religious or dietary restrictions and can be airdropped worldwide.

  • daveachicagoareajamerican

    How many hot breakfasts for our troops equal one Hawaiian vacation?

    • lainer51

      or gowns for 10 inauguration balls?

      • wvawmn

        Did you serve? If not what are you complaining about.

        • AlmostaCowboy

          I did – Phu Bai 1968-69. You shut yer pie-hole!

        • daveachicagoareajamerican

          It shouldn’t matter if she served or not. As a taxpayer, I would rather have my dollars going towards hot meals for the brave men and women defending me, rather than outrageously expensive travel for the president and his family. Happy will be the day when he picks Camp David or somewhere in the lower 48 to vacation, and shows some fiscal restraint, instead of denying our troops a hot breakfast.

  • darcy922

    Is this for real ? Obama is sending 20 expensive F-16 fighter bombers to Egypt a muslim country, while he’s also funding them by sending them 1.6 million dollars a year, and he has stop feeding our troops hot meals.This should make the American people angry as hell. What a corrupt government !!!

    • John Fisher

      hmm , darcy , that # might be closer to a billion . the usa spends like drunk sailors , and 1.6 to egypt seems awfully low !

      • Douglas Moose

        I disagree. Drunken sailors spend their own money. Obama is spending everyone else’s!

      • Dwayne Jackson

        When drunken sailors run out of money they stop spending.

    • ADP58

      (4) F-16 Fighters and 200 battle tanks is the actual number, but still crazy to provide these to Egypt as a bribe, so they will support peace with Israel in the region.

      • Thomas Dobbins

        Our Presidents and Congress have been sending military aid (mostly grants that Egypt doesn’t have to pay back) to Egypt since 1946.

        • http://www.facebook.com/richard.diggins.98 Richard Diggins

          Thank you Thomas. Most Americans have no idea how many puppet regimes the U.S. has supported since WWII to do things like get access to their oil; or, to keep commies or Islamists out of those places. If cheap oil, democracy, and halting radical Islamists is important to you Yanks, then don’t get pissy when your government is fulfilling your wishes. It could be worse, you could have W. back, doing Cheney’s bidding and creating needless wars under false pretenses.

    • vvvvvlllll

      Can you read? And if you can, did you read the article? If you had, you’d have seen that the article states the “Obama’s cutting breakfast!!” is NOT TRUE.

      • 3seven77

        Can YOU read?
        The article says, ” The Internet myth’s genesis came from a few forward operating bases in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province that are closing or being turned over to Afghan security forces. Instead of a hot, prepared breakfast, service members at those bases receive packaged meals known as “meals, ready-to-eat,” or MREs….”
        What part of that last sentence do you not understand?

        • Jodi Reed

          no one can comprehend what they read anymore, or hear what is said. Have you had to eat MRE’S? Barely better than nothing.

        • Freddie Rubalcava

          try eating an mre and then get back to me after youre done shitting a brick of unprocessed food you call “breakfast”

      • BruceMichaelGrant

        Can YOU read? They said, ‘cutting HOT breakfasts’.

  • audieho

    Making funds available to pay for Sandra Fluke’s birth control.

    • Jodi Reed

      but then, sterilization would be worth paying for, she and others like her should never pro create

  • LSmith

    Yet this Administration requires illegal aliens in ICE detention facilities to receive three hot meals a day, under its “standards” for detained illegal aliens.

  • HARP2

    Throw your MRE`s over the WH fence like Kerry did his purple heart.

    • Scoobert2

      You mean throw someone Else’s MREs over the fence ?You never know when you might need yours .

      • Jodi Reed

        I have mine, they are gross but better than nothing

  • David Crocker

    @ Lando. I am no Barry O fan, trust me. But as a former Marine, I can tell you that eating MRE’s does suck, but sometimes its gotta be done. It is likely true that it’s due to the base closing and one of those processes is shutting down the facilities that cook and serve the hot meals. Just a guess, but I can guarantee you this. The C.O.’s of those troops would be having them with hit meals as long as possible. The closing down means coming home sooner. MRE’s will be temporary. I say again, I am NOT defending Barack Hussein for ANY of his actions as Muslim-In-Chief. But all military personnel have to go with MRE’s now and then. Sucks but its part of the job.

    • 67falcon


      • Brian Master

        No he is right, its no big deal, normal for a forward base.

    • lisaT

      shutting down the facilities that cook and serve hot meals should be the LAST thing that’s done…..doesn’t everyone need to eat while they are there? So how do they have time to cook Lunch and Dinner but not Breakfast?????

      • Rena

        That can’t be the last thing done… who’s going to protect them when the have to break down equipment and move it out? There is a process order of how you do things over there, especially in war zones.

        • Hiraghm

          Protect them from what? If we’re pulling out, aren’t all the Afghans dead?

          • 3seven77

            Well, all the “Al-Qaeda” Afghans are dead. At least that’s what Obama says.

          • Jodi Reed

            not dead here in America. My son did two tours first infantry and says he sees as many here in New Orleans as he did there

      • P.F. Undit

        No, there’s a lot of things that should be done last, like physical security, like counterintelligence, like anti-terrorism, like intelligence, like communications, like IT, like medical, like supply, like transport, like fuel, like ammunition, etc. Hot meals are very much greatly welcomed, but they’re not a deal breaker. I think it’s a cheap shot to take them away, especially considering where else money could be saved, but there’s worse that could be done. Let’s keep some perspective here.

      • Dana

        Contracted workers might not be set up for early or late night because of security reasons.

    • John Fisher

      david , that might be a point . i belong to several infantry pages . one thing deployed soldiers discuss is that they might as well get rid of the food service MOS because the majority of the kitchen workers in afghanistan are locals , and the soldiers dont feel comfortable eating there anyway . cant confirm that , something i read months ago .

    • LarryNelson2014Captain

      Agree – the commentary on this post is over the top. MRE’s are fine for short term. My guess is that morale is high as they turn s*** over to the ANSF and get outta there.

    • Hiraghm

      Except that our troops shouldn’t be coming home. We don’t own Afghanistan, yet. The war in the middle east has expanded to Africa, but it’s not over yet. We shouldn’t be turning jack over to the Afghans.

  • Scott Burress

    Maybe Obama should have a shit load of “No Guns Allowed” made up and post them all over Afghanistan. That will teach those terrorists.

  • dareisay

    Obama is too busy spending our money on illegal aliens, foreign countries to spend on fellow citizens! Even provides our money to be used in gun running operations. We are just lowly serfs to him!

  • Scott Burress

    We can serve hot meals to children in schools who are low income but we can’t feed the troops that are fighting for the children.

    • Brian Master

      poverty defined

  • mike

    first of all, prisoners do not get a hot breakfast. it is 3 times a week at most, in a minimum joint, usually zero in any medium/max or max fascility. second, three prison meals is about 800 calories, at best. 3rd, and i am sorry, but calories exclusive from MRE’s , while in a combat zone, you should have been a politician or a banker. sorry.i think hot breakfast is not as important to the servicemen as avoiding fresh, hot death

  • crosspatch

    For troops on night shift, this is cutting TWO meals for them. Midnight chow is their “dinner” and they eat the breakfast meal when they come off shift and sleep through the lunch meal.

  • Fiala

    The congressman from Iowa, who is mentioned in this article (if you can call it that) is actually a democrat, according to his website.

  • Man of Little Means

    And to think convicted murders get three hot meals a day

  • Jack Deth

    This sounds like something Obama and his slimy minions would do.

    In 2007 and 2008, my AF Reserve unit and I went through ATSO (Ability To Survive and Operate/Chemical Warfare) Training at Alpena, Michigan and Volk Field in Wisconsin. Where we were issued MREs during the day. While the chow hall (Dining Facility) was open for breakfast and dinner meals.

    It’s not such a wild stretch for an administration that despises the military and doles out tax payer funded Obama Phones and crappy breakfast, lunch and dinner meals to the children of Low Information Voters. While denying the grunts on the ground overseas!

  • $36103485

    President Obama hates the troops so much he brought them home from Iraq and is getting them out of Viet Nam, er, Afghanistan before the time table. Hates them so much he told bibi whatayahoo to piss off on fighting Israel’s war with Iran which would make Iraq look like Grenada.What did Israeli’s think about that? Cut bibi’s party by 25% in Knesset.

    • crosspatch

      It would be sort of like Roosevelt bringing all of our troops home in 1943. Would that show that he cared for the troops?

      • Hiraghm

        Imagine if Roosevelt had brought home all the troops by Christmas… 1944? Germany would have re-overrun Western Europe.

    • Richard Sturms

      Troop hater!

    • shebrat

      yes, and as he brings some of them home, he leaves the rest in the same spot to do the same job but with half the people, which means they are more likely to get hurt or killed. Yes, that’s really caring for the troops. Also, pulling only half out and leaving the rest in a hot zone right before it is know to get very bad. (like when spring starts)

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      He loves the troops so much in Afghanistan that he’s reduced the effectiveness of the Rules of Engagement such that they are sitting ducks. In his 4 years there have been twice as many combat deaths in Afghanistan as in 8 years of President Bush.

    • Hiraghm

      Yeah, the same way Johnson loved the troops.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Hey look! We have a new nickel-a-word hack from Media Matters! Been at it long? Are you allowed to use your own words, or you still have to cut n paste from the MM style sheet?

      PS — just so you know, it was President George W. Bush who won the war in Iraq.

    • Jack Deth

      It does no good if the enemy knows your time table for removal of troops. All the enemy has to do is wait a few months, weeks or days and invade again.

      And we send troops back. Better to crush your enemy the first time around with solid ROEs that guarantee the safety of the troops , kill boxes and massed forces.

      • Bob

        Going to Afghanistan was initially a noble cause. The mission was to seek and destroy those who would do us harm. Mission creep has gotten us into our current situation. Nation building is not the job of the military, it is the job of the State Department. Not sure what the end state of the military mission in Afghanistan really is now. What ever the case, the vacuum created by the redeployment of our troops will lead to radical Muslim entities seizing control of the country.

        • Jack Deth

          Welcome, Bob:

          No argument about Mission Creep and how it screws up the initial mission. Or nation building in mid campaign. Though today it seems that State is there ahead of the troops and setting the agenda. Sadly. just for the immediate future. And almost always without an exit strategy.

          • Bob

            Thanks Jack. The Commanders intent and end state should dictate the exit strategy. If we fight to win, then the exit strategy would be to look at smoking holes in the desert through our rear view mirrors as we leave enroute to a ticker tape parade in NYC:-) Unfortunately, it seems that we have not fought a war to win since WWII.

    • mike_in_kosovo

      President Obama hates the troops so much he brought them home from Iraq

      You mean he followed the status of forces agreement that Bush negotiated/signed – wow, that’s some high-quality leadership from Barry, huh?

  • sneadster

    Will 0bama eliminate his breakfast? Why doesn’t he send Michelle to Libya as an ambassador now that I am on the subject?

    • shebrat

      right! AND not send aid when the embassy she is in gets attacked – and watch the attack for seven hours and do nothing but watch her die.

      • 1SkepticalChick

        He probably does this in his dreams.

  • bidentime

    Don’t worry……..

    the United States Senate dining services will still be serving a full menu at all of their many locations.

    The fat cats shall remain fat.

  • rivers

    What? The troops don’t like MRE”S for breakfast? WELL then, let them eat cake!
    Isn’t that right, Mr. and Mrs. – 7 million dollar Hawaiian vacation and 100 per pound wagu beef- Obama….

    • Grumpa Grumpus

      Uhhhmm. The per pound price is now approx $200./pound wholesale.

  • John Fisher

    damn . unless we were moving , we always had breakfast . meant alot . lunch was the one that was usually ‘ rations ‘ . ive given up politically , since bush’s 2nd term . nobody knew the clowns had sold america out from underneath us until it was too late . locally ? the news went to a school and watched kids at lunch , and all they dumped . michelles healthy kid thing . most parents know kids are going to eat what they want , and , if they dont like it , they wont eat . the street light ?! 100K of fed money for a study to see if they needed a traffic light . simpler to have a township meeting and ask residents their opinion . certainly cheaper . i guess if you dont use it , you lose it…

    • http://www.facebook.com/gordy.witucki Gordy Witucki

      Thank you David Crocker(Y)

  • Johnny_Layabout

    If they had stopped serving hot breakfasts to federal prison inmates, the ACLU would have filed 50 lawsuits by now.

  • sqeptiq

    Also did you know that our troops are only served turkey bacon and sausage now because Obummer is a Muslim and the Koran says pork is an abomination?

    • ForTheRepublic

      You’re troll screeds are getting more and more boring, Septic.

    • lainer51

      actually I did know that.

  • DSmith6605

    I’m feed up with this SOB communist dictator congress get off your asses and stop all food deliveries to the white house stop Obutts pay now you lame F ers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ctw.tx.usa Christopher Wood

    While the Obama’s live a life of luxury of feasts, celebrity parties and travel beyond any other first family ever in the history of our nation on the taxpayer’s dime. There is something so wrong here.

    • Hiraghm

      Yeah, the same wrong thing that led to The Terror.

  • George Washington Mclintock

    “My niggas in Afghanistan thuggin’ and can’t even get hot meals…” LOL to the max!!! Eat your heart out Cornelius Ryan!!!!!!! As to the issue at hand, yeah, Obama’s DOD sounds like a bitch to have to work for, and that is all.

  • DSmith6605

    Next thing you know this POS is going to take all there guns away from them and give them to Egypt then send our guys out to fight the enemy with box cutters.

  • Renny

    Why isn’t the media bellowing about this? Oh, nevermind. We have no ‘media’. We have the Bureau of Propaganda.

    • shebrat

      the media has been bought out by the libs

  • Lisa

    my son is currently deployed to trashcanistan……….I have sent him a message asking him if this is true. If it is, i’m going to blow a gasket! we can hand over billions to criminals in mexico, libya, ect. We cant feed our troops? i’m so tired of our troops in the cross fire. Hell, lets cut paid catered lunches, breakfasts and dinners in DC!! lets cut all the perks like a car and driver in DC, lets cut all salaries in DC……..there are more ways to cut than our troops!

    • vvvvvlllll

      Just read the article above … which says it’s NOT TRUE.

      • Jen

        The article does not say that it is NOT TRUE. The article disputes claims that it was due to budget cuts. It IS TRUE that the soldiers are not being served a hot breakfast. My husband is currently in Afghanistan and has not had a hot breakfast since January 1. They can choose a MRE or a bowl of cereal not the kind of meal we should be serving those that serve and protect our families!

      • http://twitter.com/JillMillard1 Jill Millard

        I beg to differ LISA VIGER IS RAW ON $10 dollars a day- My son is there, was NOT getting A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G for breakfast-nothing, zip, nada. It is true so shut your mouth and do as I am-try to reverse the situation. You sound like a liberal-clueless. Do your homework before you spout off…

  • http://twitter.com/sukeyrose sukeyrose

    used to be we could adopt a child overseas feed, clothe and teach …Now we need to adopt a soldier …..Is this America?

    • lainer51

      and don’t forget, Flakey Fluke wants us to “adopt-a-vagina” to pay for abortions.

  • F. De Moraes

    I say we follow suit at home and deny the millions of criminals that are incarcerated, those fact cats allegedly serving us the Washington, D.C. including the POTUS and SCOTUS hot meals as well! While we are at it, enact placing restrictions on Food Stamp’s EBT card to prevent their use at any vendor and establishment that offers hot food for sale.

    • Hiraghm

      Remember how the leftist media howled when they learned that Sheriff Apaio was feeding his prisoners peanut butter and jelly, and bologna, sandwiches?

  • http://twitter.com/michwat M Watson

    MREs give the basic nutrition needed, but they do not have nearly enough calories in them. Every time my husband deploys and has to eat MREs on a regular basis, he ends up losing 10 lb. that he really cannot afford to lose!

    • NRPax

      Good grief. In light of how those things have over 3000 calories in one meal, may I ask what your husband’s MOS is?

      • Dana

        If your lose weight eating the entire MRE, You a have hyperthyroid problem. Most soldiers eat only select parts and trade the rest. They will give you enough to live on but not fun to eat.

        • NRPax

          Not to mention we can get REALLY creative when trying to figure out ways to make them more appetizing.

        • Grumpa Grumpus


          They’re better than “C” & “K” rations were!

          Although, I personally liked the “snipe-meat spread” (actually pork or pork & beef) that some of the Combat Rations had!

          And ask your elders: the K Ration, (also known as the Kee Ration or Kick-me cans) had this lemon “drink” powder in it.

          I don’t know of anyone who actually drank it! It was so acidic we used to moisten it slightly and use the paste as a polish to remove rust from small parts. Left overnight it would eat through thin metal foil. If I remember correctly, it was often used to clean floors, too.

          One ration that you’d think would be a favorite was the D Ration, or as some called it, the Logan Bar.

          It was a low-sugar chocolate, high in complex carbs and fats. It tasted like wet cardboard — purposefully so, in fact — so it wouldn’t be eaten except as a last resort. 3 “bars” (square-ish chunks, really) were about 1800-2000 cal. and supposedly they had vitamins and minerals added.

  • Eric Johnson

    do they cut breakfast for GITMO ragheads? I agree with a statement above, OBAMA you POS!!!!!!!!!

  • Joe

    Obama is putting that money toward his next vacation.

  • BobM001

    If I had MY way I’d PAD LOCK the doors to the House and Senate while those pieces of excrement were in session. Then drop in cases of MRE’s and tell them “Bon Appetite”. Maybe THAT would change their tune about giving GOOD MEALS to our COMBAT TROOPS!
    FORCE FEED THAT NI66ER THE SAME THING! How do YOU like it “Finocchio in Chief”?

    • Hiraghm

      I’d rather just drop in assault knives and assault forks.

  • Barbara Patterson

    Well that’s lovely how abut we give mres to people in jail instead of hot meals. Better yet take away ebt cards and issue them mres.

  • Kim Hunter

    I am so sick of people in this country NOT READING and blaming President Obama for absolutely frickin everything. Budget cuts had NOTHING to do with this, and if they did, you can blame the GOP House for it. The MILITARY made this decision. If you have a problem with it, blame the Military. Seriously, have you people been living under a rock for the last 4 years? Start blaming the Republicans in the House for budget cutbacks. Start watching C-SPAN and get a grip. Morons.

    • Hiraghm

      Question: who is the Commander in Chief of all military forces? Who decided to close the forward bases?

    • mike_in_kosovo

      Budget cuts had NOTHING to do with this, and if they did, you can blame the GOP House for it.

      Speaking of ‘not reading and assigning blame’… care to remind us all just HOW long it’s been since the Senate passed a budget?

    • http://twitter.com/JillMillard1 Jill Millard

      Watched C-span and CNN for years and they do not tell the truth. Obama is ultimately to blame because he is running the country, if you can call it that. Just how will the any senator do anything when they can come up with a budget in 4 years. Seriously, are they going to help little ol me, mother of a soldier who is not getting anything to eat prior to a mission. Kim I challange you to not eat and walk 6-10 miles and see how you fare. Oh and throw in a few episodes of gun fire just to top it all off. They are protecting us and this is what they get…

  • Bud-Kathy Jones

    These decisions do not affect the elitist progressive democrats one bit, as a matter of fact they enjoy our pain and discomfort. The money they save on hot food for our military will be used for illegal aliens defense fund.

  • StrikeSudden

    I think it is the age old trick the military has pulled so many times before. When funding is going to be cut they take it out on the enlisted class.

  • Deb Scott

    don’t government drs. say breakfast is the most important meal of the day? after watching Hannity’s expose of DC (both parties) and all the swag they get, denying our troops a hot breakfast is deplorable

  • OldmanRick

    Regardless, congress needs a pay cut. Based on its lack of realistic activity other than posturing, pontificating, and bloviating, they should be paying the American people. Replace as many of them as possible in 2014.

  • George Murrey

    The pres is trying to find a way to pay for his nobamacare, so he cuts the guts out of our troops by cutting breakfast and raising their healthcare as well. What a shame he uses such a ploy, since our troops are protecting not just us, but him as well. This will not sit good, we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; but it looks like it’s not that important to the pres. I wonder if he was the one that hit his head on a table counter and got a concussion and not Hillary.

  • http://twitter.com/debsi37 Deb Ibanez

    Can’t find anything on Fact Check or Truth or Fiction to support the F-16 Bombers to Egypt, Anyone know where that started?

    • Hiraghm

      F-16s are fighter planes.

  • Scoobert2

    I’d like to see him try to stop Moochele’s breakfast .

  • http://ITSPEOPLE.com/ Tantalus XVI

    “What difference does it make?” #electionshaveconsequences

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    Sides of $200.00/pound beef for The First Appetite, no breakfast for troops.

    How about we let them have The First Wookie’s Second Breakfast, and the Hobbit-in-Chief can forgo a couple of his 2 or 3 vacations he takes each month

    Cutting out her Second Breakfast alone would keep the troops the world over knee-deep in food for a week.

    Perhaps divert a couple or three of The First Pestilence’s daily breakfast 18-wheelers from the WH to an AFB & send the expensive goodies to the troops for breakfast?

    Damn royalty.

  • ceyanne

    The question I have is how long before these bases are closed down? Is closing imminent, like in the next couple weeks? It’s one thing if the soldiers are going to be stuck eating MRE’s for a couple weeks. But if it’s going to be several months, I don’t see the point. I don’t understand why they can’t wait until right before they close the base to shut down food services. There’s no way soldiers on a base should be stuck with MRE’s for months.

  • Hiraghm





    Twitter users, and others, have stood up for you, defended you, helped your bottom line. If you want to thank them for their support… SUPPORT OUR TROOPS.

    You all have logistics capabilities, some global. Work together and I know you can get hot meals to our troops in the forward areas. At the very f*ing least, it’ll show them that folks back home care that they have a hot meal.

    None of you are above asking for donations for your pet causes, so tack a few cents onto your food and let consumers know it’s going to put hot food in a soldier’s belly.

    We can absorb at least part of the expense for you.

    It’s good business. I can almost guarantee you that sales will go up.

  • Dana

    MRE’s are acceptable if need comes about. That is the way it goes in the military. Spent many days eating them. They are more expensive than a hot meal so it is not money.

    • Brooklyn_Dodger

      On the other hand, MREs are designed to have lots of calories. At the same time, the military is mustering out overweight troops! Looks like a self perpetuating problem.

  • Joe W.

    Just another #bumpinheroad, and #whatdifferencedoesitmake, #Iwon.

  • Tim Barnes

    God you people are ignorant. Obviously none of you have ever served in the military. First of all it’s not Obama’s decision, it’s the commander of the 4th infantry brigade’s. Supply and support are the first units to withdraw from combat areas. It’s normal and they won’t be starving and still even with MRE’s and FSR’s they still can heat it up. We are only talking about 2700 front line troops. This is about getting the hell out of there not budget cuts!!!!!

    • Grumpa Grumpus

      WWII, Korea, Vietnam.

      What about you?

      • Bob

        Just a young gun, Vietnam

    • Jack Deth

      Vietnam era vet.

      Was called in from Little Rock with a batch of C-130s sent to Ton Son Nhut just before the Fall of Saigon. Even lost one of our planes there to mortar and rocket fire.

      I seem to remember LBJ running a large chunk of that war from the Oval Office instead of letting the Pentagon, as well.

    • http://twitter.com/JillMillard1 Jill Millard

      Tim-they were not offered MREs-they are getting, NOTHING, ZIP, NADA for breakfast. They say they are giving them but they are not. Before you call people ignorant and spout off about nothing that you know, get your facts straight mister know it all. Obama is ultimately in charge and IS to blame for this you creep. Yeah lets get out of there now with so much left undone so the terrorists can come over here and have a hay day…

    • http://twitter.com/JillMillard1 Jill Millard

      Tim-they were not offered MREs-they are getting, NOTHING, ZIP, NADA for breakfast. They say they are giving them but they are not. Before you call people ignorant and spout off about nothing that you know, get your facts straight mister know it all. Obama is ultimately in charge and IS to blame for this you creep. Yeah lets get out of there now with so much left undone so the terrorists can come over here and have a hay day…

    • http://twitter.com/JillMillard1 Jill Millard

      oh yeah, lets get out of there with a job left undone so that they can get stronger and come over here again on our turf…smart…

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Blarney Rose

    Well, Michelle Obama never skipped a beat shoveling grub in her face at the “Inaugural Brunch!” Cut back on her munchies & send her to a “Table Etiquette” class! Moo!

  • http://twitter.com/ObamaLies2Much Obama Lies

    We’re pulling out of Afghanistan… One meal at a time…

  • Andy Howey

    “Snopes.com — a website that looks into Internet myths — rates this tale as “partly true.” ” It’s an established fact that Snopes is anything but neutral. There have been several instances in which Snopes has functioned as apologists for the Obama administration. Anything they claim, especially regarding Obama, should be taken with a huge grain of salt.

  • Sardine Dick

    The affected bases are being phased out. Don’t fall for any controversial statement that comes along. Yes, hot breakfasts are preferable to MREs, but MREs are not all that bad. Ever tried one? I have and they’re not bad at all.

    • http://twitter.com/JillMillard1 Jill Millard

      Hey Dick, it would be wonderful if they were even offered the MRE’s-THEY ARE GETTING NO BREAKFAST, and then expected to to 10 hour missions. And the reason given was not budget cuts-its “we are trying to reduce the carbon footprint”

  • xstratusx

    So the troops are not being served a hot meal during base closure. How long is it going to take for the base to close? If it’s more than a couple of days, that’s too long to make the soldiers eat MRE’s. If they can set up a hot soup line in the field, then they can do it on the base until the base closes.

  • Bob

    Apparently the Command has forgotten about the MKT. See: http://nsrdec.natick.army.mil/media/fact/food/MKT.htm

  • Brooklyn_Dodger


  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    So Congress gets a pay raise, we’re doling out “free” contraceptives, the debt ceiling’s eliminated…but our troops can’t get a hot meal?!

    • Bob

      Don’t forget about the Abrams Tanks and F-16 we are giving to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

  • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

    Considering the kids are being starved out at lunch time thanks to the new Healthy Lunch Initiatives that MO has instituted, why would I be surprised if they can’t get a hot breakfast for people who are willing to DIE for their country? I mean, really, the utter nerve of those soldiers! /sarc.

  • Ryan Smyth

    cut the money from the lazy welfare bums in the states and give the troops a hot breakfast. the troops deserve it – welfare cheats do not.

  • Turning Leaves

    I’ve got an idea. Why don’t we expand the non-means-tested Breakfast in the Classroom to teach children that the Federal Government is responsible for feeding all of them while cutting corners with meals provided to troops on an overseas deployment to teach them that the Federal Government can’t be relied on to feed them responsibly.

  • http://twitter.com/zolqarnain Kurosh-e Kabir

    If true, this would make sense for the Obama administration. Physician’s say that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so I can understand how Obama’s VooDoo Health experts would say otherwise, or maybe this is their Death Panel deciding value of the individual.

  • http://www.eatmyfartsPigsofIslam.com/ billwhit1357

    How about the 1st Skank, Michelle, and Comrade Obama skipping a few meals, outings, vacations, stop money to the Muslim Brotherhood, along with fighter jets and tanks, stop all money to Islamic countries, they are our enemies, and Stop the Damn Spending like your a Madman, Obama, you worthless, pathetic excuse of a human, much less a President! Feed our Troops, A$$wipe!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMU5FOSXEBV27LG4Q2NAAQ3PFE John

    Ground Air Force One and keep Mooch at home and we’ll have enough to feed the troops breakfast for over a year, at least. This is absolutely appalling!! Next they’ll want them to buy their own guns and require they turn them in for gun control when they leave. Vote for Obama. You bet!

  • wvawmn

    I served in the US Army for 23 years. The President directs very little that happens in the daily routine of the military. Look to the commander in Afghanistan….he is the man who made it happen. OUR President probably does not even know it happened. Matter fact I ate a lot cold meals when Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush were president. In those day we didn’t whine and cry and the civilians didn’t a darn what my meals were like. Whether a soldier’s meal is hot or not depends on a lot of factors. Those of you haven’t served shut up. Those of you who are serving and getting cold meals write to your Senator or Congressman. If it is possible they can make it change.

    • http://twitter.com/JillMillard1 Jill Millard

      Excuse me, Jane-he was getting NOTHING for breakfast-no MRE, nada, nothing even COLD. And for your information he wasn’t compliaing- it is ME who is complaining and I did complain to my senator and they told me they were trying to reduce the carbon footprint. The only one doing anything about this is Bruce Braily and I praise him for it.

  • AlmostaCowboy

    An army marches on its stomach.
    -Napoleon Bonaparte

  • Marie

    I hope this is not true.

  • Huldah1776

    Where is Michelle? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

  • J.N. Ashby

    Ooo here’s a better idea than a hot breakfast. Bring them home from shitty Afghanistan.

  • http://twitter.com/JillMillard1 Jill Millard

    My son was one of these soldiers that was not getting breakfast for a while. And there were no substitutions for this (MRE’s) He has since gotten breakfast back, thank goodness because he has some pretty long missions. I send granola bars and fruit to him on a regular basis but what about those who don’t have family to do this? Where is Michele Obama and her outrage with breakfast being the most important meal. When I contacted Senator Harkin he said they were trying to reduce the carbon footprint. What the hell kind of answer is that?!?

  • Guest

    Marines have to buy their own uniforms, now their relatives need to send food.
    Obama GAVE $535,000,000 taxpayers’ cash to just one donor (Solyndra) just sayin’

  • BruceMichaelGrant

    The Army used to have their own cooks instead of having to rely on contractors who are now apparently leaving. Shame.
    MREs do come with their own chemical heaters, some of the MREs are large enough to feed squads and larger units and come with heaters and of course troops are often resourceful enough to cook up hot meals using their squad’s own MREs.
    But it’s a slap in the face to men and women who are expected to risk their lives daily to remove hot meals that meant something to them. Damn Obama.

  • nauthizjane

    Time to shame this President.Someone start up a fund to send breakfast meals to troops.

  • Ron Matt

    Obama took a $1.6 million ‘campaign’ trip to Vegas today to rattle on about his version of ‘immigration reform’ yadda-yadda-yadda….and the troops get some cold gruel for breakfast. Show me da crown….

  • Sandra Barry

    Isn’t Snopes.com, the internet myth busters, a myth?

    • Thevelvetkitten

      Who snopes the snopes ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/george.shepherd.980 George Shepherd

    During my tour in Afghanistan hot meals were the highlights of the day, besides mail from home or a quick phone call.

  • Freddie Rubalcava

    personally from being deployed, hot breakfast is vital to being awake from when you first leave the wire, if you leave on a empty stomach, its not like you get a fucking break mid day, sit down and eat, no those boys are going to starving their ass off coming back into the wire, rushing to eat dinner

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathy-Clark/1063574984 Kathy Clark

    Maybe if we had less million dollar vacations in Hawaii we could afford hot meals for our troops