I found these two stories very interesting.
Let me highlight a few of the portions of the stories that I found interesting – begging the question: is there something going on in the Military?
Regarding the soldier who supposedly murdered 16 Afghan civilians:
“Though U.S. commanders insisted this was the work of a rogue soldier, some residents believed it to be more calculated. They said more than one soldier was involved.”
Regarding Panetta’s speech in response to the incident:
Soldiers were ordered to disarm before listening to Panetta’s speech – which is unheard of.
The request, relayed by Sgt. Maj. Brandon Hall, was unusual because it’s not customary to disarm for a defense secretary visit, but the Marines did as they were told. About two dozen unarmed Afghan soldiers also were in attendance.
Panetta arrived in Afghanistan Wednesday for a two-day visit amid heightened tensions after an American soldier allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians in their homes Sunday.
The order to disarm came from Maj. Gen. Mark Gurganus, who commands troops in Helmand province.
Asked about the move, Hall told the New York Times’ Elisabeth Bumiller: “Somebody got itchy, that’s all I’ve got to say. Somebody got itchy; we just adjust.”
A few questions:
1. Why are Afghan civilians disputing the facts of the story about a single soldier killing 16 Afghans?
2. Why were soldiers “itchy” to the point of being disarmed when Panetta was there to do his speech?
3. What is going on in Afghanistan in the military?
I think it’s important to remember that these are two carefully written articles on CNN – not an alternative media source. What are the writers trying to tell us? There HAS to be more to it than what is written here.
There are also several other media sources that have noted similar cases of “military factions” that disagree with the establishment possibly planning to disobey orders coming down from the executive branch. There have also been several high profile military personnel that have been killed recently possibly in relation to these “factions”. Is this conspiracy or is there something more to it?
I’m not convinced either way, but I do find that the way these articles are written makes them worth taking a second look at. Has anyone else noticed this?