Thursday, March 15, 2012
Panetta Safe After Nearby Truck Crash at Afghan Base
What a bunch of BS!
General Gurganus told reporters later that he had wanted a consistent policy for everyone in the tent, and that “I wanted to have the Marines look just like their Afghan partners,” noting, “You’ve got one of the most important people in the world in the room.”
First, they are US Marines and should be treated as US Marines and NOT as partners! US service members work for the President and by extension, the Sec Def. By disarming his own Marines, it implies Secretary Panetta felt uncomfortable with they very people he and his boss have sent into harm's way. Monarchs would have their knights disarm whenever there was a fear of a insurrection. Shoguns would have samurais remove their katanas (which is where the shorter wakizashis and tantos came in handy).
The Obama Administration, especially the Sec Def, seems to be very concerned about the increase violence being committed by their warriors. Now if they only would show the same level of concern for the incidence of suicide and domestic violence being committed by US veterans.
According to the New York Times, "Joint Base Lewis-McChord had 16 soldiers commit suicide last year, the most of any Army post, Army statistics show. Since 2003, 68 soldiers from the base have killed themselves, among the higher totals for the Army in that period, but still below Fort Hood, Fort Campbell and Fort Bragg."