The Afghan Gas Initiative


The Battle Rattle blog over at Military Times broke a potentially explosive story about a Marine Corps ban on farts in Afghanistan.

Apparently, the smell of Marine farts offends the Afghan people and a burst of cultural sensitivity led the brass to institute the gas ban. Battle Rattle gets right to the essence of the problem for Marines:

They’re not supposed to cuss because it could be misunderstood (that one goes out the window a lot). And they stay away from talking about politics, religion or girls because those topics could escalate into major disagreements (they can’t communicate anyway because of the language barrier).

But farting?  That’s practically a sport.  Ok, it’s not soccer, but a good contest could open the door for cross-cultural exchanges, jokes and other gallows humor.


  • Jonathan

    All I can say is…hahahahahahahaha

  • ms6

    Good thing they don’t serve ‘C’ rats anymore. We would start a whole new conflict.

  • Alton

    According to a new Al-MAR directive, the chile sauce that comes with the new MREs will now be Green. As ‘Red’ gives away their position.

  • Tom

    Be a good person, lift the other cheek…….

  • RogerN

    What? Afghanis don’t fart?

  • Deerbandit

    What Afghans don’t ****???? Bologna the average Afghan smells worse than any Marines colon. They don’t bathe and when they do bathe it doesn’t come close to what even soldiers do in the field. Ridiculous how far p.c. Has gone even in the Marines.

  • sandymang

    Talk about something ridiculous….

  • Bigjohn

    More damned political BS. I would bet the idiot that made this directive has never even been near the place, let alone heard any shots fired in anger. Hell next they’ll be saying that our troops can’t fight at night because the noise might disturb the locals. Yeah, right!!!!

  • GI_Joe_K

    UNBELIEVABLE… I cannot believe the Marine Corps has been afflicted by the same PC (political correctness, or, “pure crap”) as the other Services. We have become more sensitive of the “feelings” of our enemies (yes, I said “enemies”, not “local nationals”, “opponents”, “residents”) instead of worrying about taking the fight to them. As the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 approaches, I read this and am sick to my stomach at some of our “leaders”, who are actually “managers” instead. Semper Fi!

  • Mark

    In the words of Tommy Chong, “It’s not good to suppress bodily functions.”. So if the marines are not allowed to fart does that apply to the other services too? Did they change the complete chow hall menu to remove all gassy foods?.