When Washington died, the phrase which spread the country was: "First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen." While this may be almost universally true today, it was not when the man held office.
There are days in Afghanistan when U.S. and Afghan forces are not in firefights with insurgents, neither are they sniffing out roadside bombs, or raiding weapons caches. Sometimes they're just dancing.
What do you serve 2,000 celebrants with sophisticated palates -- without a real kitchen, within a short window of time -- when hundreds of guests arrive all at one time? Welcome to our world, where expectations run high and every game is an away game.
For the party-throwing urbanite, city living equals restricted space. The question of "how can I throw a party in a space that barely fits a couch" seems to stop potential party animals in their tracks.