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The US legacy in Iraq: Fast food?
« on: September 03, 2012, 05:37:16 PM »
Forget the lofty ideals that President George W. Bush invoked as rationale for his invasion of Iraq. The United States' most lasting legacy to that ancient land may be fast food.

According to The Associated Press, the residents of Baghdad can now enjoy pizza, milkshakes, chili-cheese dogs, hot wings, Philly cheesesteaks and oversize hamburgers served in restaurants with vaguely familiar-sounding names: Pizza Pizza, Burger Joint, Mr. Potato and Burger Friends.

One fried-chicken restaurant, KFG, is admittedly a knockoff of KFC, although the owner says the initials stand for Kentucky Family Groups. Indeed, "Kentucky" has become the generic name for American-style fried chicken, which Iraqis pack away by the bucketload...

There were American fast-food places in Iraq during the U.S. occupation Subway, Burger King, Pizza Hut but they were on heavily fortified bases inaccessible to ordinary Iraqis. When the American troops left, so did the franchises...

But the U.S. left behind a taste for half-pounders with cheese, and extra-spicy chicken. Local entrepreneurs and investors from neighboring nations have moved in to fill that craving.

A Baghdad physician, Sarmad Hamid, worried that the U.S.-style restaurants "will make Iraqis, especially children, fatter." ...

The restaurants, for which patrons dress up to visit...
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