SECDEF visits the battle zone, US soldiers DISARMED to be in his presence....
Here is the pertinent paragraph from the middle:
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.
ExSoldier's Note: Of course this is typical of the liberal mindset. Take the guns away and there will be NO violence. If one of those patriots wanted to kill the SECDEF all they'd have to do is NOT obey or use a grenade or anything. Armed soldiers of course are the only defense to any sort of enemy attack against the person of the SECDEF. They're already combat attuned and probably faster to react to such an attack than the assigned security detail. What a bunch of maroons! :duh: :aargh4: I have exactly ZERO respect for the idiots in charge. It's time for the adults to step up. It's time: Stand up and be counted or line up and be numbered! :scruntiny: