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US troops in Iraq can really enjoy themselves while the Super Bowl is played.

American troops in Iraq will be allowed to drink beer without fear of court-martial for this year’s Super Bowl — an exception to a strict military ban on drinking alcohol in combat zones.

In what is sure to be a major morale boost, the top U.S. commander in Iraq Gen. Raymond Odierno issued a waiver Wednesday paving the way for troops to participate in the popular American football tradition.

Super Bowl XLIII will kick off on Feb. 1 in Tampa, Florida, but it will be 2 a.m. in Baghdad when the live broadcast starts in Iraq. Troops will gather in dining halls on military bases nationwide to watch the game.

A copy of the waiver said the consumption of alcoholic beverages will be limited to Feb. 1-2 and service members can only have two, 12-ounce beers each.Soldiers deserve to be treated as grownups and expected to act responsibly. If any soldiers abuse this exemption for the Super Bowl, they should be disciplined on a individual basis. In other words not penalize many for the sins of a few.

I never served in a war zone, but while working at Bethesda Naval there were two instances of medical personnel who drank on the job. The most serious of which was a doctor. He got court martialed and eventually lost his license to practice medicine.

Update- I meant to include the end of the AP article when I originally wrote this post.

Violence has declined dramatically over the past year, and the Americans are involved in less combat, focusing more on their training and advisory roles.

Why would good news get buried at the end of a story on Iraq? Hmm……

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