In ‘highly unusual’ move, Marines asked to disarm before Leon Panetta speech.

Getty Images/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Around 200 U.S. Marines were asked…

Getty Images/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Around 200 U.S. Marines were asked to leave their weapons outside the tent where U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was set to speak during his trip to Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Although the military said the order was not given in response to Sunday’s shooting of 16 Afghan civilians allegedly by an American soldier, it possibly underlined how high tensions were running after the incident.

“You’ve got one of the most important people in the world in the room,” Major General Mark Gurganus told reporters at Camp Leatherneck, dismissing concerns related to the shooting. “This is not a big deal.”

He said he had given the order because the two dozen Afghan soldiers also there were unarmed and he did not want to treat them differently.

Source: NBC News/MSNBC

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  • Jman

    Wow! They are now afraid of their own kind. come on, No more excuses! To be fair to the afghan soilders who were asked to leave there weapons behind, Really?? They are actually scared someone of importance might get shot or hurt! Where is the command authority? Where is the trust? We are on the edge of a very sharp knife that will cut many people if we all are blind to what is going on. Think about it? If we can not trust our own soilders who gave a oath to fight and die for this country then yes be afraid very afraid..just saying anyone listening?

  • Spy_Smasher

    “PC has no place anywhere” and “who gives a crap how [they] felt” is an argument that works both ways. Who cares if the Marines are insulted?

  • Kevin

    This is just stupid wouldnt want any one to cry. What message are we sending to our enemies. I know winning hearts and minds.

  • Neil

    WTF? PC has no place anywhere especially there. Who gives a crap how the 2 dozen Afghan soldiers felt?