This year, troops in Iraq will get something they have never been able to have; beer. On February 1st and 2nd, Soldiers will be allotted two 12-ounce beers each for Super Bowl XLIII. General Raymond Odierno, the top commander in Iraq, signed the waiver on Wednesday allowing Soldiers to drink alcohol which comes as a big surprise as all members of the military are banned from alcohol while serving in combat zones such as Iraq.
Having served 15 months in Iraq, I can understand how Soldiers feel regarding the banning of alcohol. It is ridiculous. It’s a common misconception that alcohol is illegal in Iraq and that’s why we aren’t allowed to consume it, but it isn’t. The truth is that it is only banned under Islam. In fact, there are actually Christian areas in Iraq and they drink and you can even find liquor stores… although the extremists aren’t happy about it. Solution? Send Voltron over.
Thinking back to last years’ Super Bowl, I think beer would have made it a bit better. Instead, I sat at the chow hall with a few near-beers … aka Coors Non-Alcoholic. As you can probably guess, it just didn’t hit the spot.
The waiver orders commanders to “keep in mind all host nation laws and customs regarding alcohol consumption” and “to exercise discretion and good judgement in enforcing these guidelines and restrictions.” Yea .. ok. Have fun guys, enjoy your beer, and make it home safe.