This is what happens when an idiot in the White House appoints another idiot as head of the U.S. Army.
In the aftermath of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez’s murder of four Marines and a Navy petty officer at a Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, questions once again are raised about the policy, begun by then-President Bill Clinton, of disarming service members on military bases.
Responding to those questions, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Raymond Odierno told reporters that arming troops in those offices could cause more problems than it might solve.
Odierno said during a morning breakfast on Friday, July 17, 2015, a day after the Chattanooga attack, “I think we have to be careful about over-arming ourselves, and I’m not talking about where you end up attacking each other.” Instead, he said, it’s more about “accidental discharges and everything else that goes along with having weapons that are loaded that causes injuries.”
According to Odierno’s reasoning, the Secret Service should be disarmed as well because they carry guns, which means there could be “accidental discharges” that “cause injuries.”
For that matter, I propose that Gen. Odierno should set the example by disarming himself — all in the interest of preventing “accidental discharges” of his firearms.
How about it, Gen. Odierno?
Note: Odierno is an Obama appointee who became Army Chief of Staff on September 7, 2011.
H/t John Molloy
On Saturday, July 18, the governors of six states — Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana — ordered National Guard members at offices and other facilities to be armed in the wake of the Chattanooga attacks. Unlike Gen. Odierno, those governors are not Obama boot-lickers.
Well done, Governors Rick Scott (R), Bobby Jindal (R), Asa Hutchinson (R), Mary Fallin (R), Greg Abbott (R), and Mike Pence (R)!
All six are Republicans, so don’t tell me political party doesn’t matter. There may be little that’s different between Republicans and Democrats in D.C., but not so at the state level.
Dr. Eowyn’s post first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds.