Obama Administration Tells Marines to Leave Weapons Outside Tent For Panetta’s Speech

This is what you call a trust deficit.

US Marines were told to leave their weapons outside the tent during Leon Panetta’s speech today.

Obama officials are “getting itchy.” The administration asked US Marines today to leave weapons outside of the ten

The New York Times

“In a sign of the nervousness surrounding Mr. Panetta’s trip, the Marines and other troops who were waiting in a tent for the defense secretary to speak were abruptly asked by their commander to get up, place their weapons — M-16 and M-4 automatic rifles and 9-mm pistols — outside the tent and then return unarmed. The commander, Sgt. Maj. Brandon Hall, told reporters he was acting on orders from superiors.

“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 with them when the defense secretary visits and speaks to them. The Afghans in the tent waiting for Mr. Panetta were not armed to begin with, as is typical.”

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  • Militant Conservative

    Another example of the wuss Obama regime

    bowing to the Muslim regime. Birds of a feather….

    Powder is dry

  • dba…vagabond trader

    Did Bush or Rumsfeld fear the troops fragging them? No wonder Hussein never visits.

  • Hank

    Insanity on display in real time is a sad thing to witness.

    No adults in positions of responsibllity in the room to say “No.”??

  • SeniorD

    Really? Telling a Marine to leave their weapons outside? Doesn’t this Regime understand the concept of “Every Marine a rifleman”?

    How many of those attending were ‘mandatorily volunteered?

  • Jenny

    They seem to think they have reason to worry. I wonder what they think they’ve done that would cause the troops to use their weapons?

  • Justice Beaver

    Doesn’t jugears “generally” trust our troops? Or is he practicing disarmament for the rest of us later on?

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com EBL

    Of course, if a Marine was wanting to kill the Sec of Defense I am sure he would comply with such an order? How insulting can they be?

  • Peckerwood

    So now everyone knows we have a room full of unarmed Marines… Brilliant.

    Hey Taliban, the front guard at the base takes a crap at 0200- 0205, just in case you didn’t know…

    My disdain for this regime is reaching a boiling point. I think I’ll draft a harshly worded letter…

  • Stuart

    On an earlier thread about the Afghan murderer, I speculated that the troops in that theater might be close to rebellion because of the ridiculous ROIs. I suspect that I am not the only one to be thinking along those lines. It seems to me that conditions in Afghanistan may be a lot more strained that is generally appreciated here in the States.

  • Robert

    This just about says it all. The administration does not trust the people it sends out to participate in the PC debacle in Afghanistan.

    And the military bureaucracy is among the worst of governmental bureaucracies. Some idiot in the Pentagon could have decided that since the Afghans were not armed then our people could not be armed either. The suits and military politicians that function as the supposed command would go right along with that.

    We can all agree that the administration is terrible at commanding the troops. That the military itself is just as inept and even worse in some respects is not quite as widely accepted.

    I wonder when, or if, we will hear any more about what happened last week.

  • srdem65

    This is shocking! Were they afraid that someone would shoot the Sec of Defense?

  • Frank H

    The only reasonable explanation I can think of for this (and it really isn’t all that reasonable), is that they figured that if (when?) an Afghan takes a shot, there will be no question as to whether it might have been one of our guys.

  • RickS

    And Sgt. Maj. Hall was definitely not their commander. Command Sergeant Major maybe. Is there no one at the Times (or any other news outlet) anymore who has even a passing familiarity with the military?

  • Remco Kimber

    My guess is that this administration KNOWS how the American people really feel about this guy and his gauleiters.


  • Fionnagh

    This is how William Wallace’s (Braveheart’s) father and brother died – when called to a clan meeting, they too left their weapons outside, only to be massacred within. This sort of treachery goes back thousands of years. It is even in the Odyssey.

    Not really on topic, but these were the first thoughts to cross my mind…

  • donh

    What about the metal chairs and the spear tipped flag poles ?

  • Mannie

    This was reportedly ordered by USMC Maj. Gen. Mark Gurganus. If I were POTUS (be afraid, be very afraid) and heard about this, a certain major general would be standing in front of my desk with his heels locked, explaining why he shouldn’t be demoted to latrine orderly on Kiska.

  • Robert

    The PC War in Afghanistan:

    Bureaucrat 1:”Hey, isn’t Panetta getting ready to talk to the troops?”

    2: “Yeah, they’re checking the Afghans right now.”

    1: “Checking the Afghans?”

    2: “Yeah, dummy. The tribals can’t have any weapons in there, you know that.”

    1: “Oh, yeah.”

    1: “Hey wait a minute, our guys have guns in there.”

    2: “So?”

    1: “So that’s discrimination.”

    2: “Gee you’re right. After all, we’re all the same, right?”

    2: “Quick, draft something up and I’ll run down the hall and get it signed.”

    1: “OK. Just think, after 16 years here, we can finally make a difference.”

    General Bureaucrat 1: “This is great, who thought of this? Here, transmit this immediately. It will look great on my resume. Where’s my mirror?”

  • Patty

    American Patriots: “All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing” Edmund Burke

    Obama against America

    Regretting choosing to defend you

    Add to all of that the sovereign indifference of the regular American to ignore the fate of our men, who right now may be bitterly regretting having abandoned life with their families and children, and being where they are, in the middle of savages, fighting a horrible enemy, and the treason-prone line of their high command.

    Ingratitude to people who are sacrificing not only their lives but also the lives of their loved ones, can only be a curse for all those who have no conscience and no guts to stand up for what’s right.
    Charges of High Treason

    High treason is defined as criminal disloyalty to one’s government. Participating in a war against one’s native country, attempting to overthrow its government, spying on its military, its diplomats, or its secret services for a hostile and foreign power… may be among the best known examples of high treason. High treason requires that the alleged traitor have obligations of loyalty in the state he or she -or they- betrayed…

    IF Obama and his administration and the people’s representatives decide to execute our soldier to the death penalty it will be time for Americans to let the Obama administration that it is not acceptable. And independent doctors must be part of a thorough medical assessment on his health condition, prior to any trial whatsoever. After all, no administration, republican or democrat, has ever executed any Muslim terror planner…
    So, death penalty -yes, but for those who ally with the enemy to bring down our nation and destroy it. And we know in which direction to look. Reality speaks for itself…

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