Bringing sand to the Gulf

Uncle Sam doesn't pack light:

Does anyone go to war like the U.S. military?

Not even remotely. Being the world's unmatched military superpower not only means the United States can boast about its combat punch. It means it can take along pretty much whatever it wants.

Like the sumo wrestling suit ($3,395), cappuccino machines ($51,200) and white beach sand ($4,638) the Air Force recently purchased to support its combat operations against Iraq from air bases in the Persian Gulf region.

"Why do we take all this stuff? Because we can," said James Jay Carafano, a retired Army artillery officer and historian who teaches at the Naval War College.



(Thanks John!)