2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
It was little surprise that President Bush, during a recent press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House, stood at the podium with a straight face and suggested once again that “a new democracy is emerging” in Iraq. Even as plans were in progress to deploy thousands more U.S. troops to Baghdad, Bush sounded an optimistic note. “No question it’s tough in Baghdad, and no question it’s tough in other parts of Iraq,” he admitted. “But there are also places where progress is being made, and the prime minister and I talked about that progress.”
It’s unclear whether Bush has compared notes of late with Tony Blair. Bush’s closest ally was warned recently by his outgoing ambassador to Baghdad that civil war is more likely the endgame in Iraq — with the British ambassador noting that even Bush’s diminished goals for the security and autonomy of the war-ravaged country may be out of reach.
“The prospect of a low intensity civil war and a de facto division of Iraq is probably more likely at this stage than a successful and substantial transition to a stable democracy,” William Patey, who departed from the Iraqi capital last week, wrote in a confidential diplomatic telegram to Blair that was obtained by the BBC. “Even the lowered expectation of President Bush for Iraq — a government that can sustain itself, defend itself and govern itself and is an ally in the war on terror — must remain in doubt.”
That message was echoed by a top U.S. general today. “Sectarian violence probably is as bad as I’ve seen it, in Baghdad in particular,” Army Gen. John Abizaid, the head of the U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “If not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move toward civil war.”
Judging by the pace of the killings there during the last few weeks alone, the country is already well on its way.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.