The Guys of Texas: Big Pine III War Games

It was like a scene out of Woody Allen's Bananas. A ragged band of soldiers played The Yellow Rose of Texas in 110 degrees heat as two helicopters, their blades whipping up dust in the clearing, touched down at the base camp in Honduras, three miles from the Nicaraguan border. Out of one jumped Texas Governor Mark White, in combat boots and freshly pressed camouflage fatigues. Out of the other, a platoon of reporters, who quickly surrounded him. The Governor also brought 400 lbs. of Texas barbecued beef, 7,200 flour tortillas, 100 lbs. of pinto beans, and buckets of barbecue sauce...

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