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  • 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 Panetta’s 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 Obama’s 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 ^ | 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 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:
  • 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 military’s 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 House’s 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 Obama’s foreign-policy guru a careful read. Because they’ll 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 thumb’s-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 ^ | 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 ^ | 12-8-2015 |
    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. It’s 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 country’s most guarded secrets? It’s 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...
  • Former Defense secretary 'afraid' of impact of Netanyahu speech (Leon Panetta to CNN)

    02/15/2015 11:29:25 AM PST · by Dave346 · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | Laura Barron-Lopez | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is "afraid" what will happen when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint session of Congress next month. "I'm afraid what is going to happen here with what Netanyahu will do is to make this partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans and that makes it a very dangerous trap," Panetta said on CNN's "State of the Union." Netanyahu has said he plans to use his speech before Congress to criticize the administration's negotiations with Iran, which he claims are threatening Israel. Panetta said he hopes lawmakers are able to find another way...
  • Obama’s nominee for Pentagon post implicated in alleged theft of CIA documents

    12/24/2014 7:01:50 AM PST · by maggief · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Jake Gibson, James Rosen
    The Obama administration's nominee for a senior legal position at the Pentagon is one of the congressional staffers accused by Republicans and intelligence officials of stealing classified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency, Fox News has learned -- and the controversy could imperil her shot at a major career promotion. Sources on Capitol Hill and in the intelligence community say Alissa Starzak, a majority staffer on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) who has been nominated for the position of general counsel to the U.S. Army, is one of two SSCI employees accused by the panel's Republicans, and by...
  • Leon Panetta: “Nobody is to Blame for Benghazi.”

    10/15/2014 9:07:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/15/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    That’s good news.I was worried somebody might to be blame for the murder of four Americans, including the US ambassador to Libya, in a poorly secured compound that was supposed to be protected by a terrorist militia that wasn’t actually being paid in the middle of a city run by terrorists… after support forces were repeatedly told not to come to the aid of the Americans under attack.Also nobody is to blame for claiming that the whole thing was caused by a YouTube video.But it’s all nobody’s fault. That’s such a relief. We should just MoveOn and elect Hillary to...
  • Panetta Book Bombshell: Challenges to Obama's Legitimacy Affected His Presidency

    10/13/2014 10:08:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-13-14 | Jack Cashill
    Largely lost in the hubbub over former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s new book Worthy Fights is one intriguing revelation. As reported in the New York Times, the accusations that Barack Obama was not what he appeared to be, perhaps not even a natural-born citizen, caused him to become tentative on the national stage. “Those challenges have encouraged the president’s caution and defensiveness, which in turn has emboldened further challenges,” Mr. Panetta wrote. As the originator of one of those challenges, namely that terrorist emeritus Bill Ayers helped Obama with his 1995 memoir Dreams from My Father, I can confirm the...
  • The Insiders: Panetta, Gates and Clinton are trying to tell us something about Obama

    10/08/2014 8:42:35 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/8/14 | Ed Rogers
    Much is being written about the revelations in former secretary of defense and CIA chief Leon Panetta’s new book, “Worthy Fights,” regarding President Obama’s inadequacies and mistakes as commander in chief. The Panetta revelations have provoked a fresh appraisal of similar disclosures from former secretary of defense Bob Gates in his book and the more gentle — but still direct — criticisms of the president found in former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s book. None of these individuals are amateurs. They were not manipulated into writing what they did by greedy publishers hoping to sell books. They are not a...
  • Fmr. Defense Secretary Blames Obama For Ignoring His Advice In Iraq [Community Organizer In Chief!]

    10/03/2014 12:00:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    CNN-IBNLive ^ | October 03, 2014 | Becky Brittain
    Fmr. Defense Secretary Blames Obama For Ignoring His Advice In Iraq By Becky Brittain October 3, 2014 Fmr. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Obama should have left troops in Iraq Panetta says other military commanders shared his views Despite this, Panetta says U.S. troops should not be sent back to Iraq Panetta served as Obama's Secretary of Defense from 2011 until 2013 Washington (CNN) -- President Obama's former defense secretary, Leon Panetta, says if the White House had listened to his advice on U.S. troop levels in Iraq, the country's security situation may not have unraveled. "To this day, I...
  • Dick Morris: Clinton orchestrated Panetta's 'hit' on Obama

    10/12/2014 7:37:57 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 29 replies ^ | 10-12-2014 | Rachel Huggins
    Political strategist Dick Morris accused Hillary Clinton of conspiring with former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in his stinging critique of President Obama's foreign policy. "I think Hillary put him up to it,” Morris said during an interview on John Catsimatidis's radio show to air Sunday on New York's 970 AM. “What Panetta is doing is a hit – a contract killing – for Hillary. Panetta at core is a Clinton person, not an Obama person. By accurately and truthfully describing the deliberations in the [Obama] cabinet, he makes Hillary look better, and he makes Obama look worse … And I...
  • Scarborough Accuses Panetta of 'Lack of Character' For Criticizing Obama

    10/10/2014 4:38:11 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies
    Remember when dissent was patriotic? When people like Hillary Clinton screeched that "we have a right to disagree with any administration?" Forget about it. That's so, like, 2003. You know, when George W. Bush was President. Things are different today. Now, criticizing a sitting president is wrong. Very wrong. Just ask Joe Scarborough, who on today's Morning Joe accused Leon Panetta of a "lack of character" for criticizing President Obama in his book and public appearances. View the video here.
  • Why Obama Won't Listen to Leon Panetta

    10/09/2014 3:07:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | 10/08/2014 | Ron Fournier
    A senator. A House member. A former presidential campaign manager. An adviser to President Obama. All Democrats, these officials have made it a habit to call or email me almost every week of Obama's second term to share their concerns about the course of his presidency. They ask only that I don't identify them. Some fear retribution; others don't want to compromise their financial or political standing inside their party. These Democrats speak admirably about the president's intellect, integrity, and intentions, but they question his leadership—an admittedly squishy term that can be unfairly deployed against people with the guts to...
  • Leon Panetta—Hero or Villain?

    10/08/2014 10:11:13 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 42 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/7/14 | Roger L Simon
    Former CIA director and SecDef Leon Panetta has been all over television the last couple of days, from the Today show to The O’Reilly Factor, flogging his new book Worthy Fights. He has been saying a lot of bad things about Obama and his administration — the weakness vis-a-vis ISIS and Islamic terrorism in general, the absurd pretense that al-Qaeda (and consequently Islamic extremism) had been defeated, the prevarications (polite term) about Benghazi, etc. — that many of us, to say the least, rather strongly suspected. He has appeared extremely worried about the future of our country and the world,...
  • Obama still in office, but ex-aides' books and claws are already out

    10/07/2014 8:57:57 PM PDT · by dayglored · 20 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | Oct 7, 2014 | Paul Richter
    All presidents have had in-house critics. But rarely has a president faced the degree of public criticism from former senior Cabinet members that Obama has this year. ... (L.A. Times excerpt)
  • O’Reilly Grills Leon Panetta: Hasn’t Obama’s Foreign Policy Been a Failure?

    10/07/2014 6:59:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies
    mediaite ^ | 10/7/14 | Josh Feldman
    Bill O’Reilly put former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on the hot seat tonight, and repeatedly grilled him on whether President Obama‘s foreign policy has been effective or a failure. Panetta insisted to O’Reilly that he doesn’t doubt Obama’s commitment to fighting America’s enemies, there’s just a question of whether he’s made the right decisions in carrying out that fight. For example, Panetta says Obama did support providing a troop presence of thousands in Iraq, as he and others recommended, but the issue was “how hard did he fight to make it happen.” O’Reilly asked Panetta why it feels like the...
  • Panetta: ‘From The Beginning’ I Knew Benghazi Was A Terrorist Attack

    10/07/2014 4:03:22 PM PDT · by lbryce · 39 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 7, 2014 | Staff
    Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he knew Benghazi was a “terrorist attack” from the beginning, despite the Obama administration touting the incident was a “spontaneous demonstration.” Panetta made the comments on MSNBC on Tuesday during an interview with Andrea Mitchell. “I didn’t have any specific information, but the fact was–when you bring grenade launchers to a demonstration, there’s something else going on,” Panetta said. “And I just, from the very beginning, sensed that this was an attack. This was a terrorist attack on our compound.” In the secretary’s new book, Worthy Fights, he outlines his criticism of President Obama...
  • Panetta: I Immediately Knew that Benghazi Was a Terrorist Attack

    10/07/2014 12:08:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 91 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/7/14 | Bryan Preston
    Former Obama Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has dropped what may be the biggest bombshell yet on his former boss. Panetta appeared on MSNBC today and explained that he knew, from the beginning, that the attack on the US facility in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, was a terrorist attack. President Obama did not see it that way, and his actions that night remain a mystery. Host Andrea Mitchell asked Panetta, “You wrote in the book that you disagreed with David Petraeus and told the situation room he thought it was a spontaneous demonstration outside the consulate that night. Why...

    10/07/2014 11:59:33 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 51 replies ^ | 10/07/2014
    Tuesday on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports," former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declared President Barack Obama's approach to be like a law professor, however without the aspect of rolling up his sleeves and to get the job done. Instead he suggested Obama has given up. Panetta said, "He [Obama] approaches things like a law professor in presenting a logic of his position. There is nothing wrong with that. We want to have a president who thinks through the issues. My experience in Washington is that logic alone doesn't work. Once you lay out a position, you are going to roll up...
  • The potential motive behind Panetta’s criticism of Obama that the media may be wholly ignoring

    10/06/2014 1:53:58 PM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 8 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-10-06 | Benjamin Weingarten
    [W]hile the media focuses on the substance of Panetta’s arguments against a sitting president and former boss — which would seem out of character especially for a long-time member of the political establishment — there is an underlying motive for why Panetta might be criticizing the president beyond mere fact-cleansing that the media may be wholly ignoring...
  • Psaking Our Way to Health, Safety and Security. We are so Psaked

    10/03/2014 5:16:18 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 8 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 10-3-2014 | MOTUS
    Seriously? How did he get in? The same way every other illegal alien gets here: he just showed up at the door with his pathogens. No questions asked. Come on in!Illegal aliens saying “thanks for the hospitality” in Esperanto – the universal languageAnd why, you ask yourself, do people still believe what they are told by “officials” who always seem to have one or more ulterior motives in play? Give up? Me too. And I don’t know what more I can do; I’ve tried to instill as much cynicism as possible in order to ensure the survival of the human...
  • Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta memoir blames Obama for collapse in Iraq

    10/02/2014 11:58:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/02/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s memoir has a release date of next Tuesday, but it may make headlines for the next several days. According to Taegan Goddard at Political Wire, Worthy Fights blames the Obama administration for allowing Iraq to collapse, thanks to a political desire to pull out trumping the security needs that should have had us maintain our presence and exert our influence to keep Sunnis and Shi’ites working together: Panetta writes that “our side viewed the White House as so eager to rid itself of Iraq that it was willing to withdraw rather than lock in...
  • Panetta: Obama, White House Responsible For Chaos In Iraq

    10/02/2014 5:59:39 AM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | October 2, 2014 | Staff
    Former Secretary of Defense breaks down history in upcoming memoir Obama’s former Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, has blamed the president for the chaos unfolding in Iraq. Time previewed Panetta’s upcoming memoir, Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace. In the book, Panetta said he and others in the Obama administration pushed for a residual force of U.S. troops to remain in Iraq but their efforts were stymied by White House.
  • US too late on Syria: former Pentagon chief (Leon 'Save The Oceans' Panetta)

    09/21/2014 9:05:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/21/14 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - The rise of the brutal Islamic State group can partly be blamed on President Barack Obama's failure to arm moderate Syrian rebels far earlier, said former US defense secretary Leon Panetta. It comes after the United States Congress on Thursday passed Obama's plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State jihadists, a key plank of his strategy to smash the militants who have overrun vast areas of Iraq and Syria. Panetta told CBS's "60 Minutes" news program in an interview aired Sunday that he and then secretary of state Hillary Clinton had urged...
  • Panetta: Obama Should Have Maintained Military Presence In Iraq [VIDEO]

    09/21/2014 4:31:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/21/14 | Al Weaver
    In a 60 Minutes interview set to air Sunday night, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says that President Obama should have left a residual force to “continue the momentum” America had going for itself in Iraq, and that he wasn’t confident that pulling out was the right move for America: Panetta: “We gave them a chance. I mean, no one could guarantee that Iraq would be able to go in the right direction, but we gave them a chance. We gave them the tools.” Pelley: “Back when you watched the stars and stripes being lowered for the last time...
  • Former Defense Secretary Reveals Disturbing Truth Behind the Bergdahl Deal (This rips Obama)

    06/06/2014 12:30:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 6, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Former Defense Secretary (and former CIA chief) Leon Panetta has offered his first public comments on the Obama deal in which the US released five top Taliban commanders for one US soldier accused of desertion. Panetta says that he opposed the deal and “assumed that it was never going to happen.” “I don’t fault the administration for wanting to get him back. I do question whether the conditions are in place to make sure these terrorists don’t go back into battle,” former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told a gas industry gathering in Pittsburgh. Panetta, who was...
  • Leon Panetta Violated NDAA, Changed Benghazi Sp Forces Mission...Title Truncated

    05/05/2014 3:30:08 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 16 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 5 May 2014 | Maggie
    Full Title: Leon Panetta Violated NDAA, Changed Benghazi Sp Forces Mission Without Chris Stevens MANDATED Approval Gregory Hicks was the Deputy Chief of Mission on the ground in Tripoli the night of September 11, 2012 when our Benghazicompound and the secret CIA Annex was attacked. In January 2014, Hicks hit back against those blaming Ambassador Chris Stevens for his own death. He refers to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report, saying that the Committee interviewed him professionally and thoroughly, but the information below, on why Chris Stevens was forced to refuse military protection did not make it into the...
  • Joe DeGenova: I'm delighted that Democrats don't want to participate

    05/05/2014 9:54:32 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5-5-14 | Susan Jones - Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova says he'll be happy if Democrats decide not to appoint members to the special select committee on Benghazi that Republicans plan to establish. "I'm delighted the Democrats don't want to participate. All they would do is obstruct," diGenova told WMAL talk radio in Washington, D.C. Monday morning. "The president is going to pay a price ultimately," he added. "It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but his performance and Leon Panetta's was shameful that night." DiGenova says on the night of the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks that killed four Americans,...
  • The Benghazi Transcripts: Top Defense officials briefed Obama on ‘attack,’ not video or protest

    01/13/2014 3:32:32 PM PST · by jazusamo · 119 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 13, 2014 | James Rosen
    Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation's top civilian and uniformed defense officials -- headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama -- were informed that the event was a "terrorist attack," declassified documents show. The new evidence raises the question of why the top military men, one of whom was a member of the president's Cabinet, allowed him and other senior Obama administration officials to press a false narrative of the Benghazi attacks for two weeks afterward. Gen. Carter Ham, who at the time was head of...
  • Panetta Revealed Classified Info to Zero Dark Thirty Filmmaker

    12/10/2013 6:24:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    free beacib ^ | 12/10/13 | CJ Ciaramella
    Former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed classified information at a 2011 awards ceremony attended by Zero Dark Thirty filmmaker Mark Boal, according to documents obtained by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch. The CIA allowed Boal, the screenwriter of Zero Dark Thirty, to attend a June 24, 2011 award ceremony celebrating the successful raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan that May. A transcript of Panetta’s speech that night obtained by Judicial Watch is labeled “top secret,” and significant portions of it are redacted. At the conclusion his speech, Panetta told the audience, “You have made me proud...
  • CIA papers show Panetta spilled bin Laden secrets

    12/10/2013 3:19:33 PM PST · by gooblah · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | december 10 2013 | Kimberly Dozier
    Newly declassified documents show that former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed secret information to "Zero Dark Thirty" scriptwriter Mark Boal, who was allowed to attend Panetta's speech at CIA headquarters marking the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
  • Panetta: US may have to use military force against Iran

    11/02/2013 9:39:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/2/13 | Maya Shwayder
    NEW YORK – 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,” Leon Panetta said on Thursday night. The former US defense secretary and CIA director made the remarks while addressing around 600 people at the Anti-Defamation League’s 100th annual meeting Panetta, who was receiving the ADL’s William and Naomi Gorowitz Institute Service Award, said the US needs to “maintain a healthy skepticism” when negotiating to suss out Iran’s true level of commitment to negotiations over its nuclear program. “It is the Supreme Leader
  • Panetta Rebukes Obama’s Handling of Shutdown

    10/14/2013 7:22:17 PM PDT · by kristinn · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, October 14, 2013 | Ruth Marcus
    Leon Panetta served in Washington with nine presidents, starting with Lyndon Johnson. He has been a member of Congress, Office of Management and Budget director, White House chief of staff, director of the Central Intelligence Agency and secretary of defense — the last two under President Obama. He is a man who knows Washington and knows how to choose his words. So Panetta’s implicit rebuke of the president’s hands-off approach to the budget crisis at a breakfast Monday was striking. Indeed, implicit may be an understatement. Asked repeatedly whether he was being correctly understood as critical of President Obama, Panetta...
  • Gates and Panetta Critical of Obama on Syria

    09/18/2013 11:26:12 AM PDT · by DBCJR · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | Published: September 18, 2013 | By THOM SHANKER and LAUREN D’AVOLIO
    President Obama’s first two defense secretaries criticized the administration’s handling of the Syrian crisis on Tuesday night and expressed skepticism about the chances that Russia will broker a deal to remove Syria’s chemical weapons.
  • (Almost one year ago:) Panetta: We’ve Lost Track of Some Syrian Chemical Weapons

    09/03/2013 2:53:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 9/28/12 | Kevin Baron
    The U.S. has lost track of some of Syria’s chemical weapons, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday, and does not know if any potentially lethal chemicals have fallen into the hands of Syrian rebels or Iranian forces inside the country. “There has been intelligence that there have been some moves that have taken place. Where exactly that’s taken place, we don’t know.” Panetta said, in a Pentagon press briefing. Panetta said that the “main sites” in Syria storing chemical weapons with which the Pentagon is most concerned remain secured by the Syrian military. But there is “some intelligence” that “limited”...
  • Pentagon Signs $31K Contract for Oil Portrait of Leon Panetta

    07/22/2013 10:14:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/15/13 | JERYL BIER
    Washington D.C. is big on tradition, and one of those traditions involves official portraits of top government officials. The Defense Department just awarded a $31,200 contract (frame included) to Portraits, Inc. for an official portrait of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta: The Washington Headquarters Services Acquisition Directorate issued a Firm-Fixed Price (FFP) purchase order for the painting and delivery of the official oil portrait for the former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, as required by the Department of Defense. This portrait shall be executed by an artist experienced in commissions of Presidential Cabinet Level or other Senior/High Ranking Officials. The...