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US units are forced to patrol without adequate weapons and the poor CO here has a hobson's choice, let his men carry AK's and risk fratricide or walk around with berettas and commit suicide.
So the government is left with a hobson's choice between price hike and oil bonds.
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The phrase was still well enough known in the 20th century for "hobson's" to be adopted then as Cockney rhyming slang for "voice".
The choice has risks either way and when I don't like being forced to make a hobson's choice, I prefer to make none.