In the opening act of the documentary "The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs," former Director Leon Panetta admits to authorizing a 2010 drone strike that killed an Al Qaeda member implicated in the deaths of seven CIA operatives. "Those decisions are never easy," Panetta says of approving the...
AND FOR ‘WASHINGTON,’ READ: ‘OBAMA AND HILLARY.’ Panetta: Leon Washington Bears ‘Some Responsibility’ in Rise of ISIS. Related: “Obama can call GOP meanies, but the Syrian refugee crisis is all on him.”
Monterey County Deputy Dist. Atty. Jimmy Panetta and State Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) are considering bids to replace retiring longtime Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel). Panetta is the son of Leon Panetta, the former secretary of Defense and CIA director who once held the seat for 16 years....
When John Vliet Lindsay was elected mayor of New York, 50 years ago today, he was like no mayor we’d had for a long time. He was a Republican in a city where Tammany Democrats had lost City Hall only once since 1914. (And it had taken the superpowers of... More »
It is fashionable to criticise Washington's approach to the Syrian civil war. In his memoir, former US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta described President Obama's approach to Syria and Iraq as flawed. Obama has been roundly criticised for his 'tentative' approach to Syria. Show More Summary
In 2013, then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey lifted the Direct Ground Combat and Assignment Rule frequently referred to as the "Combat Exclusion Policy", opening all remaining closed combat position to women. Show More Summary
On April 21, 2011, Mark Boal called the CIA to tell them he was going to Afghanistan. The previous year, the screenwriter had been at a dinner when CIA director Leon Panetta asked Boal to alert the agency if he ever traveled to the country. Show More Summary
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta addresses the F-35 Integrated Test Force personnel at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland January 20, 2012. Pentagon boondoggles are a dime a dozen—or more accurately trillions of dollars a dozen—but this one is king. Show More Summary
Three months after President Barack Obama was sworn into office, then-CIA Director Leon Panetta sent a letter to congressional oversight committees informing them that the agency was changing its torture policies. But the CIA would still...Show More Summary
You may have noticed that the Air Force’s prized F-22 fighter — the crown jewel of American air dominance — has had some negative press lately. The bad news peaked Tuesday when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered flight restrictions on the $400 million warplane. Unfortunately for the F-22, the airwaves have been filled with flak [...]
Did Leon Panetta really conspire with Bill and Hillary Clinton to undermine Barack Obama by writing a memoir that slams the president's leadership skills and foreign policy acumen? That's what political strategist Dick Morris claims...
Leon Panetta, the former defense secretary and CIA chief, famously gibed in his 2014 memoir that President Obama “avoids the battle, complains, and misses opportunities.” Alas, Panetta’s withering judgment is more than borne out in an...Show More Summary
Former CIA Director Leon Panetta discredits reports which allege that the Pakistani government knew in advance about the United States’ raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound, CNN reports. Said Panetta: “I can assure you bin Laden was not in [...]
More than two years ago, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced on live television that he was doing away with the Pentagon's outdated ban on assigning women to combat units and jobs. The announcement followed the 2012 lawsuit that we brought against him on behalf of four women who served in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Show More Summary
In January, I wrote a Jerusalem Post article titled Why Bombing Iran would be a strategic mistake for Israel and America. When Leon Panetta, Robert Gates, Admiral Michael Mullen and other top officials all agree that bombing Iran would only set its nuclear program back three years, it's obvious that war hawks are playing checkers rather than chess. Show More Summary
MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell grilled former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday over President Barack Obama's claims that Yemen is an example of the success of his administration's counterterrorism policy.
From the March 17 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor: Previously: Fox News Uses Vice Interview To Revive Iraq War Falsehoods And Blame Obama For ISIS Fox Leaves Out Important Context Of Leon Panetta's Statement On Iraq Troop Withdrawal O'Reilly Confronts Rove: Bush's Iraq & Afghanistan Policy "Looks Awful" To Regular People
I came across this video of an interview Leon “the Tool” Panetta gave to USA Today back in October 2014 where he stated that the war against CIA-ISIS will be a “thirty year war”. “Americans should be braced for a long battle against the brutal terrorist group Islamic State that will test U.S. resolve — [...]
The former CIA chief went on CNN and noted how Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has created a “whole new chapter of the Cold War” and Obama has not responded forcefully to that, especially with the Ukrainian civil war going on.
Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked. Highlights will include Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) on “Fox News Sunday”; former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on “State of the Union”; and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) on “Meet the Press.” Sunday: CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), Foreign Relations Committee chairman; Rep. Show More Summary