Yesterday, Obama’s defense secretary Leon Panetta visited Afghanistan, no doubt in an attempt to smooth Afghan ruffled feathers from a crazed Army sergeant’s murderous mayhem.
The media’s focus was/is on how a stolen truck, driven by an Afghan, sped onto a runway ramp and exploded at the British military airfield as Panetta’s plane was landing. Panetta is unhurt.
But the real astonishing news is this:
The U.S. military disarmed the U.S. soldiers among the 200 some people at Panetta’s speech in Camp Leatherneck — a practice never done before.
Elisabeth Bumiller reports for the NYT, March 14, 2012:
In a sign of the nervousness surrounding the visit, Marines and other troops among the 200 people gathered in a tent at Camp Leatherneck to hear Mr. Panetta 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 were not armed to begin with, as is typical.
Later, American officials said that the top commander in Helmand, Maj. Gen. Mark Gurganus, had decided on Tuesday that no one would be armed while Mr. Panetta spoke to them, but the word did not reach those in charge in the tent until shortly before Mr. Panetta was due to arrive.
General Gurganus told reporters later that he wanted a consistent policy for everyone in the tent. “You’ve got one of the most important people in the world in the room,” he said. He insisted that his decision had nothing to do with the shooting on Sunday. “This is not a big deal,” he said.
This is what has become of the Obama administration:
America’s defense secretary is afraid of American soldiers.
But then maybe America’s soldiers know that Panetta is really not America’s, but the New World Order’s defense secretary. Afterall, on March 9, this servant of Obama actually declared before the Senate Armed Services Committee that it is “international permission,” instead of the Constitutionally-mandated Congressional approval, which provides the “legal basis” for U.S. military action.
H/t beloved Joseph