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?A few days ago, a friend mentioned that an organization she belongs to was going to have Leon Panetta as a speaker. She was planning to go, to hear the former White House Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton, and former CIA director appointed by Barack Obama, among many other positions he's held, including U.S. Show More Summary

Panetta says ‘reckless’ Trump, Cruz hurt U.S. overseas

Former defense secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that he regularly talks to officials around the world who are repulsed by “deeply reckless” rhetoric on national security from Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump and his rival Ted Cruz. Show More Summary

For Drone Pilots and Journalists, How Much Vicarious War Is Too Much?

When former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced drone operators would receive new Distinguished Warfare Medals he couldn’t have predicted the backlash. The reviled “Nintendo medal” was designed to honor drone operators, who — despite being far removed from the physical risks of war — were nonetheless directly involved in combat. The Nintendo...

Benghazi committee interviews former Defense chief Panetta

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee looking into the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya is interviewing former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as the investigation shifts its focus from the State Department to the Defense Department and CIA.

Panetta Contradicts Benghazi Soldiers: There Was 'Never' Any Order to Stand Down

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is testifying in front of the Benghazi Select Committee for the first time Friday morning. He will...

Leon Panetta endorses Hillary Clinton

The former Defense secretary served with Clinton in President Obama's Cabinet.        

On MSNBC, Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Debunks Fox's Benghazi "Stand Down Order" Myth

From the January 7 edition of MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports: ANDREA MITCHELL (HOST): Now you're here in Washington because you're going to be testifying to the Benghazi Select Committee tomorrow. You have already testified to other committees, but to this committee, and there's a new movie coming out, 13 Hours, and it's about to be released. Show More Summary

Inside the Decision to Open Up the Frontlines to Women

Leon Panetta didn’t enter the Pentagon thinking he’d become a champion for women’s rights. Indeed, when the former California congressman and Clinton White House chief-of-staff first became director of the Central Intelligence Agency in February 2009, he was surprised at the number of women serving there and he was impressed by the willingness of female…

Bravo, Four-Legged Panetta Confidant, Departs For That Great Situation Room In the Sky

Bravo the golden retriever, confidante and companion to former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who sat in on much of the planning of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has died.

Even Benghazi Committee Republicans Won't Defend The Latest Conservative Conspiracy

Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi have implicitly admitted that conservative media were wrong to suggest that a newly-released email contradicted then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's statement that an immediate military response to the September 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. Show More Summary

Ranking Member Of Benghazi Select Committee Pushes Back Against Baseless Allegation That DOD Emails Contradict Leon Panetta's Benghazi Testimony

Ranking Member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is pushing back against false claims that a recently unredacted Defense Department email is a "smoking gun" that supposedly "seems to contradict testimony...Show More Summary

Pentagon Opens All US Military Combat Roles to Women

Two years after plans to end the ban on women from serving in combat roles were first announced by former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the US military has finally lifted all gender-based restrictions on military service.

How the makers of 'The Spymasters' got former CIA directors to open up

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…

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.”

Panetta, Alejo among Democrats considering a run for Central Coast congressional seat

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....

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Leon Panetta, Ray Kelly, and More: John Lindsay’s Best and Brightest Recall Him, 50 Years Later

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 »

Obama's Syria critics ignore inconvenient facts

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

A Few Good Women

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

Tequila, Painted Pearls, and Prada: How the CIA Helped Produce 'Zero Dark Thirty'

8 months agoNews : Vice News

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

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