America’s military personnel live in a war zone — and that’s before they even get sent to a battle field in another country.I have three daughters who are Marines. Am I angry about the murder of the four Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee? I’m worse than angry. I’m so angry I can hardly write. I’m mad as hell, and I ain’t gonna take it anymore. And I’ve been angry for eight years or more. I’m angry at the fools who gave us Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 5210.56, which for all intents and purposes, put our troops in the position of sitting ducks at home and around the world.
And I’m angry that the welcome mat is STILL out, allowing tens of thousands of Middle Eastern sickos into our country.
I can’t even fathom what kind of stupid logic is behind a directive which forces our military personnel to leave their weapons in a locked arsenal on a military base — while also forcing those same military personnel to work side-by-side with people who are pretty obviously going to be gunning for them at some point. This policy, issued for their own protection I’m sure, issued by people surrounded by the best security systems the DOD can provide, also put unarmed recruiters in strip malls with no bulletproof glass and again no firearms. They don’t even have a can of mace they can throw at someone.
This isn’t the first time military recruiters have come under fire or been killed at work, as we’ve recounted here.News reports indicated that yesterday’s shooter fired numerous rounds into the Chattanooga recruiting center before driving off to find more victims. It was reported that the shooting lasted about 20 seconds at the first location and 20 to 45 MINUTES at the second location. If you’re the parent of a Marine — or the spouse, child, or just a friend — can you imagine what those Marines went through being shot at with NO WAY to return fire and possibly save themselves?
It’s obvious that no one at any level in the Pentagon is going to demand our military personnel be given a fighting chance to survive in the war zone that American has become. Even after Ft. Hood, our Commander-in-Chief did not order this directive to be rescinded.
Our troops live in harm’s way every day to protect us. It’s time for us to demand their right to protect themselves. How long do you think Congress, the Pentagon paper pushers, and the Commander-in-Chief would report for work to a strip mall office with glass windows, NO armed security guards, no Capitol Police, no Secret Service, no fences, no armored vehicles,and no personal weapons? Yet this is what they demand of our military personnel who are assigned to recruiting stations across the country.All of us have pens and phones. It’s a crying shame that the people in the Pentagon who are supposed to be protecting our troops are just covering their butts and trying to save their careers until Obama’s gone. It shouldn’t be up to the civilians to look out for the protection of our troops, but apparently it is. These people work for us. I encourage you to call them and demand action — before we’re looking at yet another one of these tragedies.
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[Note: this was written by AllenBWest.com contributing writer Ashley Edwardson]