Drop the gun. Take the cannoli.
I guess we should drop the “lean” when refering to America’s “lean, mean, fighting machine”. Apparently our fighting men aren’t quite at their fighting weight yet.
AS AMERICAN troops prepare for war in Iraq a report is about to reveal that more than half of them are overweight.
A panel of nine medical experts commissioned by the Pentagon is expected to say that 53.9 per cent of US military personnel over the age of 20 would be classified as too fat to fight under federal obesity standards.
A fifth of those aged under 20 would also fail the fat test, The Times has learnt. Iraq may not have such sophisticated weapons, but its soldiers at least fit their uniforms better.
Admitting such flabbiness would be embarrassing and costly for the Pentagon, which would have to take remedial measures and discharge the incurably fat.