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Marines Disarmed before Defense Secretary's Visit

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Is someone afraid of their own troops? Wink

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/15/world/asia/panetta-visits-afghanistan-following-massacre.html?

[A] sergeant major abruptly told the Marines gathered to hear Mr. Panetta in a tent at Camp Leatherneck to get up, place their M-16 and M-4 automatic rifles and 9-millimeter pistols outside, and return unarmed. The sergeant major, Brandon Hall, told reporters that he was acting on orders.

“All I know is I was told to get the weapons out,” he said. Asked why, he replied: “Somebody got itchy — that’s all I’ve got to say. Somebody got itchy. We just adjust.”

Normally, American forces in Afghanistan keep their weapons when the defense secretary visits and speaks to them. The Afghans in the tent had not been armed to begin with, as is typical.

Later, American officials said that the top military official in Helmand, Maj. Gen. Mark Gurganus, had decided on Tuesday that no one would be armed while Mr. Panetta spoke, but that word had not reached those in charge in the tent until shortly before Mr. Panetta was due to arrive.

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Comments

1.
rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - March 14, 2012, 11:00 pm
What a disgrace, almost on the level of Janet Napolitano expressing concern about our armed forces coming home and becoming terrorists. What is taking November so long to get here?
2.
TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - March 15, 2012, 4:19 am
They should be afraid. In their case fear definately IS the beginning of wisdom. Our troops are waking up every day to the hypocracy and evil of our foreign policy, read wars for profit. That's why so many in the military are donating to Ron Paul.

A VOTE AGAINST RON PAUL IS A VOTE FOR WAR.
3.
Rick GComment by Rick G - March 15, 2012, 8:46 am
The dear leaders will soon be ruling from their bunkers like the kings of old who protected themselves from the serfs with castles and moats.

Note to preppers, please include the following in your supplies:

1 pitchfork
1 torch
2 feather pillows
1 five gallon pail of tar
1 rope
4.
time*treatComment by time*treat - March 15, 2012, 10:17 am
Wonder how soon it will be before buying tar will be regulated, like buying fertilizer or allergy medicine.
5.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - March 15, 2012, 11:22 am
Next thing you know they will ban paint ball guns.

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