Combating terrorism with cowardice
In light of terrorist attack on the Armed Forces recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Department of Defense immediately sprang into action to defend our troops. Their action is one of total defeat. As the Wall Street Journal reports:
Defense Secretary Ash Carter approved a series of immediate steps to improve security and he asked military leaders to offer new proposals by the end of next week.
In the meantime, the Marines closed recruiting centers within 40 miles of the attack sites, directed recruiters not to wear their uniforms for the foreseeable future, (bold added) and slightly raised its official threat level. The Army also raised its threat level slightly and the Navy command in southeastern U.S. doubled the amount of random security checks it carries out in the area.
And for extra added protection:
A directive from Adm. Bill Gortney, head of the U.S. Northern Command, which oversees security for military facilities in the U.S., calls on centers nationwide to implement modest new security measures (snip) The steps direct hundreds of recruiting centers, reserve centers and ROTC facilities to increase surveillance and take basic steps such as closing blinds at the offices. (bold added)
Yeah, that will do it. For the terrorists!
Guns, to arm added security personnel or for the recruiters, who are part of the military, who are trained on weapons use, were not mentioned. Failure to include such an elementary safety provision in an initial recommendation while issuing shameful apologetic directives is an indication of defeat.