Well. Wow. Armed U.S. Marines were already in a tent today to hear Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speak, and were abruptly told to walk their weapons outside and leave them there before re-entering. This is not the usual drill. Generally Afghans are unarmed and U.S. Military are armed.
I wanted to have the Marines look just like their Afgan partners ~ Maj. Gen. Mark Gurganus
Panetta’s flight landed in Afghanistan today with a speeding pick-up truck hurtling down a ramp alongside the runway. The truck crashed into a ditch and the driver received treatment for burns. Fox News is, this moment, announcing that the driver was an interpreter at Camp Bation where Panetta landed. When he crashed he jumped out of the truck with a gasoline can and a lighter and set himself on fire. In the same report, Panetta was in Afghanistan to try to negotiate immunity for U.S. soldiers in that country. Right.
According to the General, the disarming had nothing to do with the flaming interpreter or with the soldier who left his base and killed 16.