So now we don’t trust our troops?

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.”

So I wonder what DA civilian blowhard got the nervous tick and couldn’t trust the same troops who lay their lives on the line every day and have done it on multiple tours. I can maybe understand this for the President, but the SecDef is the boss of this troops. What an utter sign of disrespect for our young men and women.

Shame, Shame, Shame…

 

Read the whole story at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/15/world/asia/panetta-visits-afghanistan-following-massacre.html

 

5 thoughts on “So now we don’t trust our troops?”

  1. Disgusting, insulting. Who said the biggest terrorist treat came from returning troop? Head of Home Land Security. Surprise surprise.

    Janet Napolitano-2009:

    “The return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks
    Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to right-wing extremists,” it says. “DHS/I&A is concerned that right-wing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize veterans in order to boost their violent capacities”
    Janet Napolitano 2009

  2. “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.” Quoted from the NYT article.
    I don’t believe USMC 0-8’s are DA civilian blowhards…though the sentiment is both appreciated and understood.

    1. That MG should be relieved of command for giving such an order. If he can’t trust his Marines not to murder the SecDef then he should not be leading them.

      1. You nailed it!
        It’s not only disrespectful, but also a trust issue. That tells you everything you need to know about the current leadership-civilian and military.
        What a pathetic bunch!

  3. As a retired Marine I totally agree that this stinks to high heaven. And, I don’t, for one minute, believe that this was done so that the Marines would be the same as the Afghan Army.

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