If this is true, Panetta should resign

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    If it's true that Leon Panetta had Marines disarm before being in a room with him, he should resign.

    You don't put your desire for personal safety above the honor of the United States Marine Corp.


    Story to come, I'm sure.
     
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    "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."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/15/world/asia/panetta-visits-afghanistan-following-massacre.html
     
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    Here it is:


    Marines, Afghans Disarmed Before Panetta Appearance


    In a sign of possible frayed nerves in the military, U.S. Marines were asked to lay down their weapons today before entering a tent where Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was scheduled to speak.

    It happened in Helmand province, after Panetta had met with tribal elders in nearby villages, assuring them that the U.S. mission was on track. The unusual order comes within days of an attack by a U.S. staff sergeant on unarmed Afghan civilians that left 16 dead and enraged Afghans.

    The 200 Marines were inside a tent at Camp Leatherneck along with Afghan guards and troops from other countries waiting for Panetta to arrive when they were told abruptly by Sgt. Major Brandon Hall to exit the tent, leave their weapons elsewhere, and return unarmed.

    It's an unusual break from protocol since Marines are expected to be armed at all times.
     
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    The difference between myself, a conservative, service connected disabled veteran, and that POS, turn our troops command over to the UN Panetta... I would INSIST the Marines bear their arms.

    Panetta needs to have his cheesy, traitorous ass kicked to the curb, but don't expect the kenyan to do it. Panetta is just the kind of scum obama likes.
     
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    Why don't you stand aside and let the grownups discuss this intelligently?
     
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    Agreed that if Panetta made this request something needs to be done about it but your link suggests otherwise.

     
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    OK, thanks. But Major Gen. Mark Gurganus has to be held accountable for this order. I am not totally convinced it did not come from the office of the SecDef.

    And I do not see a problem with Marines being armed while Afghan soldiers are unarmed, in a U.S. base tent, after all the fragging we have seen from the Afghans.
     
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    I'd like to say I'm shocked but nothing surprises me about the Obama's Administrations outright contempt and hatred for our culture and institutions
     
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    Obaaaaaaaaama!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]
     
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    It's a war! People get Killed! This administration needs to suck it up & deal with it.
     

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