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Leon Panetta: How the White House Misplayed Iraqi Troop Talks

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As U.S. forces return to Iraq to counter the surging al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, President Obama’s former Secretary of Defense and CIA chief recalls the White House debates that led to America’s departure from the country. Show More Summary

VIDEO : Obama’s Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta: Obama blew it by not leaving troops in Iraq

Your no-duh news for today – Obama messed something up. Shocker. Obama’s failure to leave troops and an intelligence apparatus in Iraq is 100% the reason for the rise of

CNN's Lemon: Obama Listening to Public's Approval Rather than Military Commanders

Monday on CNN's "Newsroom" during a debate about former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta saying President Barack Obama should have taken his advice and left a stabilizing force in Iraq and armed Syrian rebels years ago, host Don Lemon said it seems Obama is "going by public support," not what his military advisers are telling him. Show More Summary

Panetta: US paying the price for not arming Syrian rebels

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Sunday that he believes the Islamic State terror group was able to flourish in part because the U.S. entered the conflict in Syria too late, saying the Obama administration should have armed the country’s moderate rebels earlier. Show More Summary

Former Obama Administration Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA Leon Panetta: ISIS Grew Because We Left Iraq Too Soon, And Didn't Get Involved in Syria Until Too Late

I question the latter statement but Leon Panetta does fault Obama's fecklessness for the rise of ISIS. "I really thought that it was important for us to maintain a presence in Iraq," Panetta told CBS News host Scott Pelley. "The...

He’d be a much better president than Hillary

Like his predecessor Robert Gates, former defense secretary for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Leon Panetta doesn’t resign himself to simply carrying the White House’s water. In a 60 Minutes interview Panetta was succinct and candid when asked about Obama’s rejecting his senior advisers’ recommendation on Syria: Scott Pelley: But with virtually his […]

Fmr Defense Sec Leon Panetta: Obama Should Have Armed Syrian Rebels By Now

On Sunday's broadcast of CBS's "60 Minutes," former Obama Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta sounded off on the United States' effort to combat the ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria, part of which he argued action could have should have been taken long ago by President Barack Obama in arming Syrian rebels. Show More Summary

Fmr. Defense Sec. Panetta: Obama Should Have Already Armed Syrian Rebels

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In an interview on 60 Minutes, former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta criticized the Obama administration's foreign policy, arguing that the U.S. left Iraq too quickly and has gotten around to intervening in Syria too slowly.

PANETTA: WE SHOULD HAVE KEPT TROOPS IN IRAQ, ARMED SYRIAN REBELS

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told CBS News that some U.S. troops should have remained in Iraq after his boss, President Barack Obama, declared the war over in 2011, and that Obama should have armed and trained Syria’s rebels in their uprising against President Bashar Assad.“I really thought that it was important for us to […]

Fox Leaves Out Important Context Of Leon Panetta's Statement On Iraq Troop Withdrawal

Fox News' Special Report left out necessary context when previewing former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's upcoming interview with 60 Minutes in which he stated, "it was important for us to maintain a presence in Iraq." During his...Show More Summary

Former Defense Secretary Panetta: I “Really, Really Thought” We Should Keep Some US Troops in Iraq (Video)

Former Obama Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told CBS News that some U.S. troops should have remained in Iraq. Panetta spoke with Scott Pelley in a segment that aired Friday. Scott Pelley: Were you confident in that moment that pulling out … Continue reading ?

Ex-CIA director to speak at grocers show

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon E. Panetta will be the keynote speaker at the National Grocers Association’s 2015 NGA Show in Las Vegas, Feb. 8-11, 2015.

A Reagan Award for Anti-Reagan Leaker

President Reagan will be turning over in his grave on November 15 when the second annual “Ronald Reagan Peace Through Strength Award” is given to President Obama’s former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. As we noted when Panetta was nominated by Obama for the Pentagon post, his Congressional career “was dedicated to […]

Fox's Bret Baier Rehashes Already-Answered Benghazi Question During Clinton Interview

During Fox News' interview with Hillary Clinton, Bret Baier rehashed an already-answered question about whether or not the former secretary of state had been in contact with then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta the night of the attacks on the U.S. Show More Summary

Panetta and Morrell endorse the select committee investigation of Benghazi

(Paul Mirengoff) The case against a Select Committee investigation of Benghazi took a hit when former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell agreed that the investigation is a good idea. Panetta was Defense Secretary at the time of the Benghazi attack; Morrell was Deputy CIA Director at that time. Show More Summary

Pentagon Warns More Spending Reductions Mean More Risk

For more than a year, the Pentagon declined to detail the impact of the battle-ax approach to cutting spending known as sequestration. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his allies bet that the prospect was so dire that lawmakers would reach a $1.2 trillion deficit-reduction pact that would avert the calamity. MoreMen Charged With Toppling Ancient…

Panetta: Republican Congress "Most Difficult I've Seen in 50 Years of Public Service"

Former CIA Director, Secretary of Defense, decorated First Lieutenant, and decades-long veteran of the federal government Leon Panetta...

Don't Blame NSA for Spying Scandal; Orders Come From White House, Former Defense Secretary Says

Leon Panetta, former director of the CIA and former Secretary of Defense under President Barack Obama, defended the National Security Administration's controversial surveillance techniques, arguing that it is only following orders from the White House.

Veterans Day

Marines stand at attention at Camp Delaram in Afghanistan in 2010. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has removed the military's ban on women serving in combat. [Paula Bronstein/Getty Images. Photo via.]Today is Veterans Day in the United States, in which we honor people who have served in the military. Show More Summary

Panetta: US may have to use military force against Iran

Addressing the Anti-Defamation League’s 100th annual meeting on Thursday night, former US secretary of defense and CIA director Leon Panetta told the ballroom of around 600 people that while the US has “implemented unprecedented sanctions and pressure on Iran, we may very well have to use military force to back up our policy, ” Israeli [...]

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