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  • Panetta to Trump: Apologize to Obama for wiretapping claim and move on

    03/20/2017 7:03:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/20/2017 | Louis Nelson
    Former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta said Monday that there is no evidence at all to back President Donald Trumps claim that his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, ordered wiretaps inside Trump Tower during last years election. The president, Panetta said, owes Obama an apology and ought to admit that a mistake was made when he leveled the accusation on Twitter earlier this month. I don't think there is any evidence here, Panetta said on MSNBCs Morning Joe when asked about Trumps wiretapping allegation. The president frankly ought to acknowledge that a mistake was made, apologize to President...
  • The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obamas Foreign-Policy Guru

    02/16/2017 9:35:44 AM PST · by amorphous · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5 May 2016 | DAVID SAMUELS
    ...While Panetta pointedly never mentions Rhodess name, it is clear whom he is talking about. There were staff people who put themselves in a position where they kind of assumed where the presidents head was on a particular issue, and they thought their job was not to go through this open process of having people present all these different options, but to try to force the process to where they thought the president wanted to be, he says. Theyd say, Well, this is where we want you to come out. And Id say [expletive], thats not the way it works....
  • Obama's winning strategy will be retested soon

    10/18/2013 2:15:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 17, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
    WASHINGTON It's been a constant quandary for the Obama White House: Should the president reach out to his Republican opponents or isolate them? Should he compromise to move his agenda or try to split the GOP ranks? Carrot or stick? [BIG SNIP] Democrats continue to debate how the president should approach that process offering concessions or lines in the sand. This week, former Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told reporters he thought Obama should put "everything on the table," as well as do more to build relationships with Republicans......... [Neera] Tanden [president of the Center for American Progress]...
  • BREAKING: Smoking Gun Email Found PROVES Hillary Left Benghazi Victims to Die

    08/22/2016 1:38:11 AM PDT · by V K Lee · 131 replies
    The latest in the email scandal plaguing the campaign of Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has provided proof of what many on the right have known all along that then-Secretary of State Clinton left Americans to die in Benghazi. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta gave testimony in 2013 stating that there was no time to get help to Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, where four Americans died. An email obtained by Judicial Watch and recently released appears to be in direct contradiction of this claim. Fox News reported that an urgent email from Panettas Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash...
  • Martha Raddatz Allows Leon Panetta to Dodge Question on Hillary Iraq Withdrawal Plan

    08/14/2016 1:49:51 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 14, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Martha Raddatz, who was hosting ABC's This Week this morning, had a chance to score a major scoop but she blew it by failing to ask a very obvious followup question to former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. You can see the original question posed by Radddatz at the 3:32 mark of the video below about Panetta having supported a small number of American troops remaining in Iraq and where then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stood on this. This was followed by Panetta completely dodging the question on Clinton's position. However, instead of pressing Panetta on this, Raddatz avoided the...
  • Why Did General John Allen Speak at DNC Convention For Hillary Clinton?.(LONG ARTICLE)

    07/29/2016 6:42:48 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 38 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | July 29, 2016 | sundance
    When you read this, sip slowly, dust off the way-back machine, and think about those who have surfaced visibly to support Hillary Clinton. Including retired U.S. General John Allen (retired in 2012), who was previously brought out of retirement to lead President Obamas fight against ISIS in 2014. In order to understand the scope of the relationships it takes understanding the full back story. Stay with it. general john allen The question posed to the Tree House back in 2014 was: Why is the White House selecting a retired General John Allen, instead of a current commanding officer to lead...
  • DNC Heckles and Boos Mr. Democrat

    07/28/2016 6:46:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 28, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I'll tell you another trick. You know when this whole business of showing movies and videos before a candidate -- do you remember when that started? Be careful. It started with Jimmy Carter in 1976. The Democrat convention in 1976, they produced this moving, tearjerker video, didn't really have much to do with Carter. It was about how great and wonderful the Democrats are, what they're gonna do for the country. It focused on the pain and suffering out there that the Democrats were gonna fix, and it genuinely was a tearjerker. Jimmy Carter won that primary...
  • A Democrat finally calls for defeating ISIS - and gets booed

    07/28/2016 3:36:58 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 28, 2016
    On the third night of the Democratic convention, a speaker finally brought up defeating ISIS and other terrorists only to be met with boos from the crowd. "These murderers must be stopped," declared former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta. Cue the deafening chorus of boos, plus chants of "No more war!" from convention delegates. [Snip] [This] helps explain why no speaker brought up the terrorist threat - or groups like Boko Haram and ISIS - on the first two nights. This is the Democratic base that Hillary Clinton must deal with in the fall campaign. And...
  • Panetta says our troops know that Hillary "will always have their back."

    07/28/2016 6:48:20 AM PDT · by AJFavish · 73 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | July 27, 2016 | Leon Panetta
    https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4615726/former-defense-secretary-leon-panetta-responds-donald-trump-russia-hackingBegin watching at 2:00 into the video to hear Democrat former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense under Obama during Benghazi speak about Hillary Clinton and say: "We need a President who's strong, and smart, and courageous, who enters the Oval Office with the respect of the generals and admirals who lead our military, with the confidence of diplomats who represent America, and with the trust of our troops who know that she will always have their back." He did not discuss this: http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/28/state-dept-made-marines-wait-around-change-uniforms-4-times-during-benghazi-attack/
  • JUST IN: Former CIA director questions Trump's loyalty to US

    07/27/2016 11:07:03 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 113 replies
    Twitter ^ | 7/27/2016
    JUST IN: Former CIA director questions Trump's loyalty to US: Report The Hill.
  • Former GOP lawyer: Military acted properly on Benghazi

    05/16/2016 6:10:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2016 4:49 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    The U.S. military acted properly on the night of the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, according to leaked testimony from a retired, three-star Army general who served as chief lawyer for Republicans on the House committee investigating the attacks. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman repeatedly commended the militarys actions on the night of the attacks during closed interviews with Defense Department officials, including a Jan. 8 interview with former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Democrats on the committee say. [] The Democrats letter quotes Chipman as telling Panetta: I think you ordered exactly the right forces to move out...
  • White Houses lies on Iran deal is humiliating for Chuck Schumer

    05/07/2016 6:50:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 6, 2016
    We hope Sens. Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand are giving that devastating new profile of resident Obamas foreign-policy guru a careful read. Because theyll learn how they were all played for fools on the Iran nuclear deal by that aide, Ben Rhodes and the resident. That applies especially to Schumer, who will be the Senate Democratic leader come January. Booker and Gillibrand hewed to the party line in backing the deal. Schumer gave it a thumbs-down but then refused to lobby his colleagues to take his side. Sen. Bob Menendez, on the other hand, is looking...
  • White House BRAGS about how it tricked reporters into cheerleading for Obama's Iran nuclear deal..

    05/06/2016 3:28:14 PM PDT · by maggief · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 6, 2016 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    Deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes orchestrated an 'echo chamber' of media support for Obama's Iran deal He spoke candidly about his tactics to a New York Times Magazine writer Tactics included planting talking points with compliant reporters Also helped arms-control experts land in influential positions where they could parrot the White House's line on the deal's virtues Even then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta now says he's not sure the president's aims were what the White House said they were at the time White House routinely 'ventriloquizes' reporters, the Times story explains The Obama White House set up...
  • Military Briefed Obama On Benghazi Terrorist Attack

    02/01/2016 7:45:41 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 56 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 2-1-2016 | editor
    Deceit: Newly declassified transcripts show top defense officials who briefed Obama on the day of the Benghazi attack described it as a terrorist attack and told the president so, yet he pushed a false narrative about a video. Just as the new book by former Defense Secretary Bob Gates confirmed what many believed, that President Obama was a politically motivated commander-in-chief who had no faith in an Afghan surge he put 30,000 Americans in harm's way to execute, transcripts of congressional testimony by military leaders confirm that President Obama knew Benghazi was a terrorist attack before he went to bed...
  • Mitchell: Foreign Policy Problems ‘Got Worse’ on Clinton’s Watch, So Why is She Qualified?

    01/07/2016 3:19:07 PM PST · by Signalman · 6 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 1/7/2016 | David Rutz
    MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell asked former defense secretary Leon Panetta why Hillary Clinton is qualified to be president Thursday given how many foreign policy problems grew worse during her tenure as secretary of state. Panetta, who served as CIA Director from 2009 to 2011 and Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013, the same years Clinton served in the State Department, told Mitchell Thursday he had endorsed Clinton and would provide advice on foreign policy issues to her campaign. "You support her, but all of these problems we've just talked about got worse on her watch, as well as on...
  • NEW EMAIL shows Pentagon ASKED Hillary to LET THEM send help to Benghazi, proving Leon Panetta LIED!

    01/03/2016 6:12:14 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 263 replies
    rightscoop ^ | December 8, 2015 | soopermexican
    An email recently obtained by Judicial Watch shows that the Pentagon was demanding Hillary allow them to send help to Benghazi during the 2012 attack. This would completely contradict the claim from Hillary and Leon Panetta that no forces were available and within reach to provide help to the compound that was under siege. From Fox News: As the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was unfolding, a high-ranking Pentagon official urgently messaged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s top deputies to offer military help, according to an email obtained by Judicial Watch. The revelation appears to contradict testimony Defense...
  • 'Spinning up as we speak': Email shows Pentagon was ready to roll as Benghazi attack occurred

    12/08/2015 12:55:38 PM PST · by servo1969 · 49 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12-8-2015 | FoxNews.com
    As the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was unfolding, a high-ranking Pentagon official urgently messaged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s top deputies to offer military help, according to an email obtained by Judicial Watch. The revelation appears to contradict testimony Defense Secretary Leon Panetta gave lawmakers in 2013, when he said there was no time to get forces to the scene in Libya, where four Americans were killed, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. “I just tried you on the phone but you were all in with S [apparent reference to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton],” reads...
  • Obama Nominates Thief Who Stole Classified Documents

    12/29/2014 4:56:41 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 23 replies
    Red Statements ^ | December 25, 2014 | Steven Ahle
    Obviously as a reward for committing theft of classified documents for the democrats, Barack Obama has named Alissa Starzak to the legal department at the Pentagon. Its a position she has never achieved on her own and is a large promotion over her previous jobs. But why put someone with a history of stealing classified secrets to a job where she could steal the countrys most guarded secrets? Its a reward. Republicans in both houses of congress have accused her of making copies of documents and carrying them out of the Pentagon for use by Diane Feinstein and her committee...
  • Gregory Hicks: Benghazi and the Smearing of Chris Stevens

    01/23/2014 12:52:39 PM PST · by mojito · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1/22/2014 | Gregory Hicks
    Last week the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued its report on the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The report concluded that the attack, which resulted in the murder of four Americans, was "preventable." Some have been suggesting that the blame for this tragedy lies at least partly with Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the attack. This is untrue: The blame lies entirely with Washington. The report states that retired Gen. Carter Ham, then-commander of the U.S. Africa Command (Africom) headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, twice offered to "sustain" the special forces security team in Tripoli...
  • Panetta: Congress Biggest Threat to National Security

    02/15/2015 1:09:56 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 45 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | February 15, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Sunday slammed Congress on CNN's State of the Union naming them the biggest threat to national security. Host Jim Acosta asked Panetta if President Obama is going to be able to work with Republicans to get his war measure against ISIS passed. But before an answer was provided, Acosta read something Panetta had previously written criticizing the president: He does, however, lack fire. Too often, in my view, the president relies on the logic of a law professor rather than the passion of a leader. But now, Panetta has changed his tune and...