This photo, taken by pool photographer Paul Richards, illustrates the reaction I expected when Leon Panetta was named as the newest SecDef. He's clearly too hot for comfort, given that Afghanistan is clearly not the swank D.C. suburbs that he's used to, and the Marines in the background are definitely giving him a less than enthusiastic welcoming.
US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta delivers remarks thanking front line troops from the USN/USMC Combat Logistics Battalion 7 and USMC Route Clearance Team while making an unannounced visit to Camp Dwyer, July 10, 2011, in Afghanistan. Panetta visited troops in southern Afghanistan July 10 as part of his first trip to the country since taking up his post and ahead of a withdrawal of some US forces. AFP Photo/POOL/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
[ Daylife Link ]