Marines in Afghanistan Told to Disarm for Panetta Visit

This is further proof of the Obama regime’s utter disrespect and fear of our armed forces. Trust me, the feeling is mutual.

Via Townhall.

For the first time in history, U.S. Marines in Afghanistan were asked to disarm before attending a speech given by visiting Defense Secretary Leon Panetta according to the U.K. Telegraph.

“Less than a week after a US staff sergeant allegedly massacred 16 civilians in Kandahar, American soldiers were banned from bringing guns into a talk by Mr Panetta at a base in Helmand province.  (My emphasis: marines are not Soldiers, and vice versa)

Around 200 troops who had gathered in a tent at Camp Leatherneck were told “something had come to light” and asked abruptly to file outside and lay down their automatic rifles and 9mm pistols.

“Somebody got itchy, that’s all I’ve got to say. Somebody got itchy – we just adjust,” said the sergeant who was told to clear the hall of weapons.”

For politically correct reasons, all 200 of them were made sitting ducks:

“Major General Mark Gurganus later said he gave the order because Afghan troops attending the talk were unarmed and he wanted the policy to be consistent for all.

“You’ve got one of the most important people in the world in the room,” he told the New York Times, insisting that the decision was unrelated to Sunday’s killings. “This is not a big deal.”

Not a big deal huh? In a time when violence in Afghanistan is on the rise, this order is insane. The area where Panetta landed in Afghanistan was attacked upon his arrival and even he admits it is a “war” area.

“U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is speaking out about the attempted attack on an Afghan base as his plane was about to land Wednesday, saying he doesn’t believe he was the target.

“I have absolutely no reason to believe that this was directed at me,” Panetta said in a news conference. “This is a war area and we’re going to get these kind of incidents,” AFP quoted him as saying.”

Not to mention, wouldn’t it make sense to have 200 Marines armed should an attack occur simply to protect the secretary?
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/03/15/told_to_lay_down_their_arms_in_fairness

Panetta is a typical Obama dipshit.  The Dhimmi meme involves acting like a complete moron when dealing with muzzie zealots who want us dead.  The Taliban didn’t “lay down their arms in fairness” to any goddamn body.   The attack they carried out in conjunction with his visit, should have given that assclown a big, fat clue.  This is a pusillanimous response to a Soldier taking out 16 civilians, especially when the enemy kills civilians as SOP.

The disgraceful behavior of Obama’s Defense Department makes me so glad I retired in 2006, while GW was still President.  I can sympathize with those troops; I know exactly what they were thinking.

They have to watch their Afghan counterparts like a fucking hawk.  They not only face a Taliban/Al Qaeda enemy, but their cohorts in the Afghan army have a habit of shooting U.S. troops.

Fucked up ROE: Check

Apologize to the enemy for burning a violent screed written by a 7th Century muslim zealot: Check

“Victory isn’t necessarily the goal”:  Check

Disarm American troops: Check

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http://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/libtards-have-fits-over-some-marines-pissing-on-the-corpse-of-a-taliban/
http://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/panetta-accuses-cheney-of-wishing-another-911/

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