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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  • Chris W.

    I don’t think we’ve heard the end of this story.

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  • Campfollower

    SLX Tix, I’m right there with you, but the guys on the ground are trying to do a job, walking a fine line. Until things change at the VERY top, they’re stuck, and that’s why they’re depending on us to vote Obama and his policies out (especially since the dems try so hard not to count their votes).

    At the same time, it does them a disservice to mis-report this story. Did you see that reporter from MSNBC? He was so shrill on this story, there was all kinds of speculation. The question is, WHY would the media want to perpetuate this myth (possibly to distract us from Obama’s appalling poll numbers this week?)

    Point is, the Marines can handle all this — all of it. But we need to take care of the media and hold their feet to the fire. All they had to do is ask an official what was up.

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  • Henry Bowman

    @Patty: “Obama takes ‘the killing of Afghan civilians by a deranged gunman as seriously as if it were our own citizens and our own children who were murdered.’”

    Yup, just as seriously as the FedGuv took it after Waco and Ruby Ridge.