The Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer visited Afghanistan this week:

CNN’s Pentagon correspondent wondered about something in the picture:

It’s not really too complicated:

According to reports, Spencer simply accepted an offer to carry while in Afghanistan:

Reached by email on Thursday evening, Navy spokesman Capt. Patrick McNally said that Marine commanders in Task Force Southwest provided the secretary with a handgun, ammunition and a holster when he toured Camp Shorab and other spots in the war ravaged country on Dec. 23.

“He was offered the weapon to carry while he was traveling around (Afghanistan) and he accepted that offer,” McNally said. “It was not something that he specifically requested and it was offered to everybody on the travel team.”

Nothing to see here — except perhaps some mockery and reality checks:


In fairness though, perhaps everybody at CNN has been distracted: