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Posted at 8:50 AM ET, 11/27/2010

Fried turkey in Afghanistan? Mission accomplished

By Greg Jaffe

PECH VALLEY, Afghanistan

Nothing exploded at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle on Friday, to include the fried turkey.

The troops at this remote base in eastern Afghanistan celebrated Thanksgiving a day late with a turkey fried in a small deep fryer. If not properly prepared a fried turkey can set off a significant explosion and some of the cooks, who had never fried a turkey previously, were worried that the blast could burn down their small plywood kitchen.

But the bird was fried without incident. The troops had picked the carcass clean less than 30 minutes after it was laid out.

"Basically it was mission accomplished," said said Capt. Bo Reynolds, who came up with the idea to fry the turkey. "I got a very small taste because I wanted to let all of my soldiers eat first."

The cooks said it got rave reviews. "All the soldiers came in asking to try the fried turkey," said Spec. David Blocker, an Army cook. "It was a big hit."

By the time this reporter turned up for Thanksgiving dinner the turkey was long gone. The macaroni and cheese, pies and green beans were excellent.

By Greg Jaffe  | November 27, 2010; 8:50 AM ET
 
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Bo Reynolds ? What about Bowe Bergdahl ? Who is Bowe Bergdahl, anyway ?

American soldier and POW being held by the Haqqani network Taliban.

Why is he being held ?

The Taliban has offered to release him, in exchange for the USA paying them $1 Million and releasing some of the folks detained in Guantanamo.
He has been held 18 months, and the Obama Administration is showing how tough it is by refusing to negotiate with terrorists. Meanwhile, SPC Bergdahl continues to rot away.
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Posted by: BrianX9 | November 27, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Afghanistan is dangerous enough without deep-fried turkey! But I'm very glad the soldiers got to enjoy it.

Posted by: Itzajob | November 27, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

It's our turkey that's also getting fried back here in the U.S. Happy for the soldiers, though, if that's what they want. The blow-fish generals and other high-level "leadership" have put us all in the fire for the long,long haul and maybe a trillion dollars.

Posted by: mirrorgazer | November 27, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm delighted their field-rigged turkey fryer performed to expectations.

I just hope their deep-frying oil doesn't cost $500 per gallon like their gasoline does. The cost of these wars is killing our economy. Thanksgiving at home next year, troops!

Posted by: laboo | November 27, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad the troops were able to enjoy a little taste of Thanksgiving and home this week. They all deserve it for the work they do.

I'm saddened, however, that so many are making this into a political issue. Soon the usual discourse of Tea Partiers screaming at Liberals; Democrats fighting Conservatives- will dominate a thread with a message I think we all should agree on: that our troops deserve a fried turkey and that we stand behind them, no matter where we stand politically. I think that's the true message of this post, and I hope I'm not the only one who sees it.

Posted by: MasonPatriot1 | November 27, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad the troops were able to enjoy a little taste of Thanksgiving and home this week. They all deserve it for the work they do.

I'm saddened, however, that so many are making this into a political issue. Soon the usual discourse of Tea Partiers screaming at Liberals; Democrats fighting Conservatives- will dominate a thread with a message I think we all should agree on: that our troops deserve a fried turkey and that we stand behind them, no matter where we stand politically. I think that's the true message of this post, and I hope I'm not the only one who sees it.

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So true. I'm glad they had the fried turkey and I'm thankful that the nation has such men who serve.

Let's leave it at that.

Posted by: bbface21 | November 27, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

MasonPatriot1 and bbface21,

Well said. Amen.

Posted by: hisroc | November 27, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

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MasonPatriot1, bbface21, and hisroc,

you are all entitled to your opinions, and entitled to express them,
even if in your opinions patriots like me should give up their love of their country, or at least suppress it,
and go along with the corporatist "all war, all the time" policies of the Bush-Obama Administration.

But patriots who want to make this country better,
who want to improve the poor quality of national leadership we suffer under,
we also have the right to express our opinions,
and that's what this forum is for:
both of us, both the patriots AND the lemmings, get to have our say.

Posting here that you support the troops,
or hanging a yellow magnet on your car,
that's OK.
But it does approximately nothing to support the troops.

If you really want to support the troops, I have a suggestion.
(There are lots of other ways to really support the troops, not just my suggestion.
But they all demand some level of sacrifice from you.
If you ain't sacrificing anythin', you ain't doin' scat.)
How 'bout you visit the offices of your two Senators and one Congresswoman or man,
and ask them to push President Bush-Obama to get Bowe Bergdahl released.
Now THAT would be tangibly supporting the troops.

As an old infantryman myself, I can tell you that every single dog-faced* sad sack of you-know-what* doughboy* serving in the uniform of the US Army would care a lot more about knowing that someone would come for them, and rescue them, or recover them, or at least pay for their release, should they be captured, than getting turkey at Thanksgiving.
This is one of those "forest::trees" situations.

* - ps: these are nicknames that soldiers have had in the last century. Not a lot of respect there. A lot of the "I support the troops" trope sounds phony, when none of those legion supporters will actually lift a finger in support.

MR. PRESIDENT: GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND GET BOWE BERGDAHL BACK!
If the folks in DOD whose job it is to get him back can't get the job done, replace them with someone who can.
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Posted by: BrianX9 | November 27, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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Mr. Jafffe,

I commend you for using this story, and hyping a person named "Bo,"
in order to get around the corporatist media embargo on writing about Bowe Bergdahl, in order to keep this story, and that soldier, alive.
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Posted by: BrianX9 | November 27, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm very glad they were able to have the fried turkey. May you stay safe and sound.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | November 27, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

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