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The New American Century of War

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 — [...]

Leon Panetta Criticizes Obama’s Weak Response to Putin’s New Cold War

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.

Weekend Show Preview — 2.15.15

2 weeks agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

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

Panetta to New Defense Secretary: Largest Challenge is DC Dysfunction

New Defense Secretary Ashton Carter takes office Tuesday facing a growing list of crises to include ISIS and Russia, but his most pressing challenge will be the political gridlock at home, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

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Wally Bock: Stories and strategies from real life. Spiegel interviews Leon Panetta. Fortune: An electric car from Apple? Fast Company: Finding depth in "The Breakfast Club." David Kanigan: A blind hiker tackles The Appalachian Trail...

Senate Confirms Ashton Carter As Defense Secretary

2 weeks agoNews : The Two-Way

Carter will take over the Pentagon for Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Carter served as the No. 2 defense official under Leon Panetta.

Waterboarding Whistleblower Released From Prison, Two Months After Torture Report's Release Vindicated His Actions

3 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Guess who went to jail because of the CIA's long-running, illegal torture programs. It wasn't former director Leon Panetta, who was ultimately responsible for the actions of his agency. It wasn't any number of agents, officials or supervisors who directly or indirectly participated in the ultimately useless torture of detainees. Show More Summary

Moving From Axis to Access of Evil

LONDON--In the fall of 2012, aboard a retired aircraft carrier permanently docked on the west side of Manhattan, I listened as then-United States Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, delivered one of the most chilling speeches I have ever heard. Show More Summary

The CIA found that the CIA lied about torture, and now Republicans want them to take it back

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) When Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) Intelligence Committee tried to do its job in investigating the Bush administration's torture regime and the CIA's place in it, then-CIA Director Leon Panetta ordered an internal review to determine just what the agency was going to be turning over to the committee. Show More Summary

Oracle names former CIA director Leon Panetta to its board

last monthTechnology : GigaOM

Leon Panetta, the former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA director under President Obama, is now an Oracle director. Panetta served as defense secretary from 2011 to 2013 and led the CIA…

'The Interview' may be the first casualty in a serious, new kind of war

Two years ago, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned that the United States faced the threat of cyberattacks from technologically sophisticated foes who could one day unleash chaos and death via the Internet.

Henderson on Asking Tough Questions of Government Bureaucrats

(December 16, 2014 11:20 PM, by David Henderson) I've asked tough questions before. When Leon Panetta, my former Congressman, came to NPS as Secretary of Defense, I asked [here at the 43:40 point] whether, given his own previous statement that Al Qaeda was down to a handful of... (0 COMMENTS)

Mann’s Cyber-Attack Thriller ‘Blackhat’ Timely In Wake Of Sony Hack – Trailer

The second trailer for Universal's January 16 thriller Blackhat begins with a prophetic quote made by former C.I.A. director Leon Panetta during a Senate hearing — it's particularly eerie given the current climate that Sony has suffered:...Show More Summary

Mark Udall Outlines Secret CIA Torture Review On Senate Floor

Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall outlined a secret internal review conducted by former CIA director Leon Panetta on the chamber floor Wednesday, as he delivered a blistering critique of the agency’s torture during the George W. Bush Administration and President Obama Administration’s subsequent efforts to protect the CIA from accountability. “In my view the Panetta

Ashton Carter’s advantages as defense secretary

Bob Gates. Leon Panetta. Chuck Hagel. And now, Ashton Carter. If Carter, who was officially nominated by the president to succeed Hagel Friday morning, is confirmed by the Senate as expected, these four men will represent the succession of Obama's defense secretaries. Yet for all they share as those charged with running the vast Pentagon bureaucracy amid years of […]

Hagel and Beyond: Obama's Pentagon Problem Is More A White House Problem

"No Democratic president can go against military advice, especially if he has asked for it. So just do it. Do what they said." -- Former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta, in Bob Woodward's Obama's War's More than a week...Show More Summary

Reports: Ashton Carter Emerges As Obama's Top Pick For Secretary Of Defense

3 months agoNews : The Two-Way

Carter served as the number two defense official under Leon Panetta. While relatively unknown to the public, he's respected for his intelligence.

You Forgot Bolton!

Security policy HOT TAKES from Max Boot: The immediate question is whether Obama will be able to stomach a stronger personality in the secretary of defense job–someone like Bob Gates or Leon Panetta. If so, Michele Flournoy or Ash Carter, both of whom served at the Pentagon earlier in the Obama administration, could fill the […]

Former US Defense Secretary Explains How The Bin Laden Raid Went Down

In his memoir Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace, f ormer Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta describes the stealth 2011 assault on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. Panetta had a unique vantage point on the raid, which he watched remotely from the CIA's headquarters in L angley, Virginia. Show More Summary

No, the U.S. doesn't have plans to nuke North Korea

At this point, you've probably heard plenty about Leon Panetta's new book, Worthy Fights. But it's not just in Beltway foreign-policy circles that Panetta's memoir of his time as President Obama's secretary of defense has caused a stir. Show More Summary

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