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  • 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...
  • Secret move keeps bin Laden records in the shadows

    07/08/2013 6:58:18 AM PDT · by opentalk · 13 replies
    AP ^ | July 8, 2013 | RICHARD LARDNER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top special operations commander ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout to be purged from Defense Department computers and sent to the CIA, where they could be more easily shielded from ever being made public. The secret move, described briefly in a draft report by the Pentagon's inspector general, set off no alarms within the Obama administration even though it appears to have sidestepped federal rules and perhaps also the Freedom of Information Act
  • Report: Leon Panetta Gave Classified Material to 'Zero Dark Thirty' Screenwriter

    06/05/2013 11:52:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6-5-2013 | William Bigelow
    Not only did former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta leak the name of the Navy SEAL group responsible for the killing of Osama Bin Laden in 2011, but the release of the Pentagon Inspector General’s (IG) report revealing the incident, which was ready in July 2012, was delayed until now. In the spring of 2012, GOP members accused Barack Obama’s administration of leaking national security secrets to help Obama get reelected, but the administration denied it. At a CIA awards ceremony on June 24, 2011, Panetta named the SEAL group and its commander. Among those present were 1300 military and...
  • Did Panetta leak classified info to Zero Dark Thirty filmmakers?

    06/05/2013 8:02:21 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 5, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    According to Politico, that’s the conclusion of an Inspector General report. The information on the raid was classified as Secret and Top Secret, and its dissemination to the filmmakers has been a controversial point ever since the film was announced:
  • Report: Leon Panetta revealed classified SEAL unit info

    06/05/2013 7:32:27 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 91 replies
    Politico ^ | |6/5/13 9:38 AM EDT Updated: 6/5/13 11:53 AM EDT | By JOSH GERSTEIN
    Former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed the name of the Navy SEAL unit that carried out the Osama Bin Laden raid and named the unit’s ground commander at a 2011 ceremony attended by Zero Dark Thirty filmmaker Mark Boal, according to a draft Pentagon inspector general’s report obtained by a watchdog group.
  • Obama administration to blame for jailing of hero Bin Laden doctor, says Pakistani report

    06/01/2013 3:43:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 31, 2013 | Sib Kaife
    It was the Obama administration that sealed the fate of the Pakistani doctor jailed for helping nail Usama Bin Laden, by divulging key details after the fact and dooming any chance Shakil Afridi's cover story could win his freedom, according to a confidential Pakistani report. When former Secretary of Defense and ex-CIA Director Leon Panetta publicly acknowledged Afridi's role in the ruse which helped the CIA pinpoint Bin Laden's presence in an Abbottabad compound, any chance that Pakistani authorities could help him get out of the country vanished, according to what some have called Pakistan’s version of the 9/11 Commission,...
  • In Benghazi - U.S. Military: We Could Have Saved Ambassador Stevens

    05/25/2013 4:26:22 AM PDT · by Moseley · 65 replies
    The AMERICAN THINKER ^ | May 25, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Elite U.S. troops were completely capable of saving Ambassador Chris Stevens during the Benghazi Consulate attacks on September 11, 2012. Elements of the highly specialized Combatant Commanders In-Extremis (CIF) units are always on alert, on forward deployment, ready to respond. Their job description is to hit the ground in 3 to 5 hours. CIF elements are ready to engage in active combat anywhere in their region, 3 to 5 hours after the call. Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense at the time, either misled the U.S. Congress or was incompetent. Panetta testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 7,...
  • Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

    02/07/2013 9:53:27 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 243 replies
    Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi Daniel Halper February 7, 2013 12:05 PM Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified this morning on Capitol Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012: Panetta said that Obama left operational details, including knowledge of what resources were available to help the Americans under siege, "up to us." In fact, Panetta says that the night of 9/11, he did not communicate with a single person at the White House. The attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Panetta said...
  • Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi — now

    10/30/2012 6:54:22 AM PDT · by mgist · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/30/12 | Ed Morrisey
    Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi — now POSTED AT 9:31 AM ON OCTOBER 30, 2012 BY ED MORRISSEY Retired Admiral James A. Lyons likely pulled few punches as commander in chief of the US Pacific Fleet during his career … and he hasn’t started pulling punches now, either. In a blistering column at The Washington Times, the former commander blasts the lack of action from the US when the administration learned our consulate in Benghazi had come under attack, writing that “courage was lacking” that might have saved at least some of the four American...
  • PENTAGON: Chinese Hackers Have Stolen Data From 'Almost Every Major US Defense Contractor'

    05/07/2013 6:11:55 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 7, 2013 | Michael kelley
    For the first time the Obama administration has explicitly accused China’s military of hacking into computer systems of the U.S. government and its defense contractors. "The accusations relayed in the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress on Chinese military capabilities were remarkable in their directness," writes David Sanger of The New York Times.
  • It's Simple: What the Left Believes Explains the Regime's Inaction on Benghazi

    05/07/2013 6:38:18 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 5-7-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Let's get to Benghazi.  Let's pick up where we left off yesterday.  Let's go to the audio sound bites starting at number nine.  Andrea Mitchell last night on the NBC Nightly News gave a report about the new hearings this week on the Benghazi attacks.  The hearings will feature testimony by the whistleblowers who say essentially there was a cover-up of what really happened.  You'll hear Hillary in this bite.  In fact, the whole thing is told through the prism of Hillary Clinton and how the Republicans are attacking her.  That's the focus of Andrea Mitchell's report...
  • Benghazi: The Panetta contradiction and the art of deception

    05/02/2013 4:13:33 PM PDT · by Frankusa · 12 replies
    Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has offered up two contradictory explanations why there was no military operation to rescue U.S. officials who were under attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. During an October 2012 press briefing, Panetta claimed he was lacking real-time information at the time, and as a result of not having this information, he felt he couldn't send the FAST platoons, and other forces that were deployed in the region, into "harm's way" in "that situation". Hence, he made the decision not to send the forces to Benghazi. However, during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services...
  • Sean Smith’s Mom: Obama Didn’t Follow-Up on Personal Promise; Asks Congress: ‘Please, Please Help...

    04/11/2013 12:16:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    CNSNews ^ | April 11, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Full title: Sean Smith’s Mom: Obama Didn’t Follow-Up on Personal Promise; Asks Congress: ‘Please, Please Help Me Find Out Who is Responsible’ (CNSNews.com) - Patricia Smith--the mother of Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, who was murdered by terrorists in Benghazi--says that President Barack Obama and other administration officials did not follow-up on promises they made to her personally when she traveled to Washington, D.C. last September to meet the return to the United States of her son’s casket. Mrs. Smith says she wants to know why her son and the others at the State Department compound in Benghazi on Sept....
  • Obama Plans $195 Million in Renovation and New Construction at Guantánamo

    04/08/2013 1:11:37 PM PDT · by haffast · 8 replies
    AllGov ^ | 4-8-2013 | Matt Bewig
    Despite his 2008 campaign promise to close the U.S. government's detention center for suspected terrorists at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, President Barack Obama's administration last week announced plans to spend $195 million on renovation and new construction there—strongly implying that the nation’s taxpayers can expect to pay to imprison the center's 166 inmates, 86 of whom have been cleared of wrongdoing, for many years to come. Initially, on Wednesday, General John F. Kelly, Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, requested $150 million to $170 million for renovations to the prison complex, including $99 million for two barracks facilities, $12 million for...
  • CBS News Source: Benghazi Documents Reveal White House ‘Specifically Warned of Imminent Attack’

    03/06/2013 2:42:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/6/13 | Jason Howerton
    CBS News investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson on Tuesday night reported that the Obama administration has turned over documents relating to the Benghazi terrorist attack to the Senate Intelligence Committee. She made a number of revelations that don’t bode well for the White House via her official Twitter account. “One source who viewed the docs says someone in federal agency ‘press shop’ was involved in changing the talking points to remove al Qaeda,” Attkisson wrote. She also reported that an “official familiar with the docs” said there were advanced warnings in the days leading up to the attack, including ones that...
  • The war on 18-year-old girls (women in combat, draft registration)

    03/04/2013 8:57:32 PM PST · by Perseverando · 34 replies
    WND ^ | March 4, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The real war against women is the announced plan of the Obama administration, using outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as the fall guy, to assign women for the first time in American history to fight our nation’s enemies in military ground combat. That’s real war, with real guns, real bullets and real deaths. This war doesn’t involve only women who have volunteered to serve in our military. It’s a real war against all 18-year-old American girls, because for the first time in our nation’s history they will be required to sign up for the draft and be ready for...
  • Who's Minding The Military?: Obama abandons his post

    02/15/2013 4:34:11 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 16 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | February 15, 2013 | Daniel Clark
    Who’s Minding The Military?: Obama abandons his post by Daniel Clark If outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s testimony on the Benghazi attack is to be believed, President Obama abandoned his post as Commander-in-Chief, even as the lives of ambassador Chris Stevens and several others hung in the balance. Panetta met with Obama and Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, around 5 o’clock on the day of the attack, which would continue until about seven hours later. He says the president told the two of them, “to do everything we needed to do to try to protect...
  • Panetta Says Hillary Clinton Inspired His Women-in-Combat Decision

    02/15/2013 11:31:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 15, 2013 | Susan Jones
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Hillary Clinton inspired his decision to allow women in combat. “And in many ways, I have to tell you, it was her inspiration that encouraged me to move forward to be able to bring down the last barriers for women in the Department of Defense and to give them the ability to have a chance to engage in combat. I thank you for that inspiration,” Panetta told Clinton at a Pentagon ceremony on Thursday. …
  • Benghazi – Five months later the degree of the media’s dereliction of duty becomes clear…

    02/11/2013 3:13:17 PM PST · by Starman417 · 22 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-11-13 | Vince
    Of all of the characteristics one might ascribe to Susan Rice, prescience is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Surprisingly however, five years ago she said something that demonstrated a momentary clarity of vision that is staggering. In a March 2008 interview she said the following: “Clinton hasn’t had to answer the phone at 3:00 in the morning, and yet she attacked Barack Obama for not being ready. They’re both not ready to have that 3 AM phone call.” If the events immediately following Benghazi showed Ambassador Rice to be a hapless marionette of the administration, the...
  • Where Was Obama on Night of Benghazi Attack? WH Isn’t Saying

    02/11/2013 11:30:34 AM PST · by chessplayer · 67 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – The White House isn’t saying where President Barack Obama was, what he did or whom he spoke to between 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 2012—when he finished a meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, which took place while the Benghazi terrorist attacks were unfolding—and 11:26 p.m. that night, which is approximately the time former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in the attacks.
  • Panetta Extends Some Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

    02/11/2013 11:10:03 AM PST · by xzins · 62 replies
    KPBS ^ | 11 Feb 13 | Beth Ford Ross
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced today he would extend certain benefits to the same-sex partners of U.S military service members. Panetta's statement reads as follows: “Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” We have implemented the repeal of that policy and made clear that discrimination based on sexual orientation has no place in the Department of Defense. “At the time of repeal, I committed to reviewing benefits that had not previously been available to same-sex partners based on existing law and policy. It is a matter of fundamental equity that we...
  • Dishonored and Disrespected: Obama Disarmed US Marines at Inaugural Parade

    02/10/2013 9:47:14 AM PST · by george76 · 49 replies
    Gateway ^ | February 10, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    A new administration policy? Barack Obama disarmed the US Marines at the Inaugural parade this year. Dishonored and disarmed: Bolts are clearly missing from these Marine rifles during President Obama’s inauguration parade. This is an unmistakable insult to the honor of the Marine Corps ... It’s not the first time the Obama Administration disarmed US Marines at an event. In March 2012, US Marines were told to leave their weapons outside the tent during Leon Panetta’s speech in Afghanistan.
  • The president is lying about Benghazi

    02/10/2013 7:37:25 AM PST · by NCjim · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 9, 2013 | Robin Osborne
    We all remember when Bill Clinton argued that it all depends on what the meaning of 'is' is. We were all disgusted that the office of the President had become so low that we were deciphering legalistic terms and arguing about sex acts. Oh for the good ole days. President Obama's disregard for the truth has made Bill Clinton seem like a novice. His statements are always riddled with inconsistency. Many could easily have been dissected with a curious media, but that hasn't happen. Very few people can lie as well. Leon Panetta testified yesterday before congress that the President...
  • Nobody wake Barack

    02/10/2013 8:10:00 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 68 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Michael Goodwin
    Finally, we have the answer, thanks to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. In his reluctant Senate testimony, he provided the missing piece of the puzzle: The commander in chief was MIA. The coverup was created to protect his absence. According to Panetta, President Obama checked in with his military team early on during the attack, then checked out for the rest of the night. The next day, we already knew, he blamed the video maker and flew to Las Vegas for a campaign event. Meanwhile, half a world away, Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans had been slaughtered by Islamists....
  • ABC Ignores New Benghazi Revelations Showing Disengaged Obama

    02/08/2013 6:13:39 PM PST · by chessplayer · 23 replies
    While the NBC and CBS morning shows on Friday both covered troubling Thursday testimony from outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that revealed President Obama's lack of engagement during the Benghazi terrorist attack, ABC's Good Morning America completely ignored the story. In addition, none of the networks mentioned the testimony on their Thursday evening newscasts.
  • Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

    02/08/2013 5:01:16 AM PST · by yoe · 45 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Feburary 7, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified this morning on Capitol Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012:Panetta said, though he did meet with Obama at a 5 o'clock prescheduled gathering, the president left operational details, including knowledge of what resources were available to help the Americans under siege, "up to us." In fact, Panetta says that the night of 9/11, he did not communicate with a single person at the White House. The attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. [snip],a href="http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/petraeus-and-panetta-speak-not-president_659902.html">(As Bill Kristol)...
  • NOW The Truth Comes: Criminally Irresponsible Obama Basically Hid in Closet During Benghazi Attack!

    02/08/2013 2:10:37 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 62 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 08 February 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Can you say 'Dereliction of Duty'? So Senator Ted Cruz (TP-R, Texas) is the man who FINALLY got to the bottom of what the White House/MSM have worked so hard -for months- to obfuscate: yesterday the GOP risingsoaring star forced Leon Panetta to admit in sworn testimony that SoS Hillary Clinton was simply not available on the day the Benghazi consulate was attacked... nowhere to be found. Yes, the US Secretary of Defense had ZERO contact with US Secretary of State Clinton until long after four American heroes were dead. Where the hell was she all day, partying with Huma?...
  • Panetta says US at risk of being second-rate power

    02/07/2013 7:41:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2013 5:00 PM EST | Richard Lardner and Donna Cassata
    The United States is at risk of becoming a second-rate power if automatic budget cuts go into effect, plunging the U.S. armed forces into the most significant readiness crisis they’ve faced in more than a decade, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday. Panetta, who is retiring soon from his post, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that if the reductions are allowed to stand he would have to throw the country’s national defense strategy “out the window.” But Panetta also assured lawmakers the Pentagon would take the steps necessary to deal with possible threats in the Persian Gulf region after...
  • Former Special Forces Commander: DOD Could Have Flown Rescue Team From Tripoli to Benghazi;...

    02/07/2013 1:44:43 PM PST · by Perseverando · 35 replies
    CnsNews.com ^ | February 7, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin--formerly commander of U.S. Special Forces Command and deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence—told CNSNews.com that, if it had been asked, the Defense Department could have sent a plane to Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, to transport a rescue team of U.S. security personnel that instead ended up taking a chartered private plane from Tripoli to Benghazi that night. “There is no question that we could have moved an airplane in there and we could have also put boots on the ground at the embassy,” Gen. Boykin told CNSNews.com. “State should have...
  • Benghazi Debacle- Obama MIA Night of Attack, No Help Sent Once Attack Underway

    02/07/2013 11:06:57 AM PST · by Starman417 · 28 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-07-13 | Curt
    Today's hearing on Benghazi is just sad. We have the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the outgoing Secretary of Defense testifying to the Senate hearing that even though it was 9/11, who everyone and their mother understood is the anniversary of the worst attack on American soil...even though, due in no small part to Obama's actions, Libya had become a hotbed of al-Qaeda activity, AND even though the ambassador to Libya had sent warning of impending threats, they did nothing to ensure the security of the embassy and our citizens. Their excuse? “The United States military is...
  • Top Defense Chiefs to Testify on U.S. Consulate Attack in Libya

    02/07/2013 8:11:04 AM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 115 replies
    Panetta being questioned by Congress regarding Benghzi.
  • CNN: Panetta to Recommend Pay Cut For Military

    02/06/2013 9:37:42 AM PST · by kristinn · 132 replies
    CNN ^ | Wednesday, February 6, 2013 | Barbara Starr
    Just days before he leaves office, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is recommending military pay be limited, effectively decreasing troop salaries next year. Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1% increase in 2014. The Pentagon has calculated that the Labor Department's 2014 Employment Cost Index is expected to be above 1% but wants to still cut back on pay because of "budget uncertainties," a department official told CNN. In 2013, a 1.7% increase was approved, based on the index, which has been the basis for military pay for the last several years. Three Pentagon officials...
  • AP sources: Pentagon extending benefits for gays [Back door homosexual "marriage" ?]

    02/05/2013 1:41:47 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 91 replies
    Miami Herald--Associated Depressed ^ | 2/5/13 | Lolita C. Baldor
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials say Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of military members. The policy change would come about 16 months after the Pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service. Officials say Panetta has not made a final decision on which benefits will be included, but the Pentagon is likely to allow same-sex partners to have access to the on-base commissary and other military subsidized stores, as well as health and welfare programs.
  • Panetta: 'Shameful and irresponsible' if Congress allows sequestration

    02/03/2013 1:27:00 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 3 Feb 13 | By MACKENZIE WEINGER
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says it would “really be a shameful and irresponsible act” for Congress to allow sequestration to happen. “We have to prepare for it, because, you know, there are members up on the Capitol Hill that are saying, ‘Oh no, we're gonna stand back and let sequester happen,’” Panetta said in an interview aired Sunday on NBC’s "Meet the Press." “Let me tell you: If sequester happens, it is gonna badly damage the readiness of the United States of America. We have the most powerful military force on the face of the earth right now.” If sequester...
  • Panetta: Iranian Threat Spreads [Calling Captain Obvious....]

    02/01/2013 5:15:19 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies
    Panetta: Iranian Threat Spreads By JULIAN E. BARNES and ADAM ENTOUS In an exclusive interview with the Wall Street Journal Thursday, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sited illicit arms trafficking by Iran for what he called a "dangerous escalation" of tensions. WSJ's Julian Barnes shares his take-aways from the exit interview. WASHINGTON—Defense Secretary Leon Panetta accused Iran's paramilitary force of an intensified campaign to destabilize the Middle East by smuggling antiaircraft weapons to its militant allies. Iran's export of so-called manpads—antiaircraft missiles that can be carried by a single person—represent what Mr. Panetta called a dangerous escalation. "There is no...
  • Panetta: ´Everyone Entitled to a Chance´ to be Combat Soldier in ´Gender Neutral´ Military

    01/24/2013 6:34:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 81 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 1/24/13 | Matt Cover
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that whether they are male or female "everyone is entitled to a chance" to become a combat soldier in a military that will now adopt "gender netural" standards. “If members of our military can meet the qualifications for a job--and let me be clear, we’re not talking about reducing the qualifications for a job--if they can meet the qualifications for the job then they should have the right to serve,” Panetta said at a Pentagon press conference. The Defense Department announced today that it would rescind its 1994 policy restricting women
  • Elaine Donnelly: Women in Combat Order “Dangerous Social Experiment”

    01/24/2013 10:06:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 08:54 PM | David A. Patten
    Military-readiness advocate Elaine Donnelly warns that the Obama administration’s decision to put women in ground-combat roles amounts to “social engineering to achieve a political end in the name of diversity.” She adds that the policy shift means “lives could be lost unnecessarily, not just women, but men.” Donnelly’s organization, the Center for Military Readiness, released a 42-page report earlier this week exploring the unintended consequences of putting women on the front lines. “It will do great harm to women in the military, especially those who will find themselves in the infantry—something there’s no indication they wanted,” Donnelly said Wednesday in...
  • Jarrett: It's Protecting Women From Violence'

    01/23/2013 1:58:28 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/23/2013 | Daniel Halper
    Just a couple minutes ago, presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett, who is personally close to President Barack Obama, tweeted, that "If there's one thing we should all agree on, it's protecting women from violence." Jarrett's tweet comes the same hour Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the Obama administration would allow women to serve in combat. The AP reports: Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war. The groundbreaking move recommended by...
  • Panetta removes military ban on women in combat, opening thousands of front line positions.

    01/23/2013 12:39:15 PM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 233 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 23, 2013 | Staff
    Panetta removes military ban on women in combat, opening thousands of front line positions.
  • 'Battalion of Blood' gang offers to SWAP two U.S. hostages seized in gas field siege for two terrori

    01/18/2013 10:29:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 23:01 EST, 17 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:54 EST, 18 January 2013 | Tim Shipman, David Williams, Beth Stebner and Helen Pow
    <p>No place to hide: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, pictured today in London, said there was 'no justification for the kidnapping and murder of innocent people' in Algeria and warned militants there was 'no place to hide'</p> <p>Islamist militants have today offered to free two American hostages held captive at an Algerian gas field in exchange for the release of two renowned terrorists jailed in the United States.</p>
  • Dozens held after Islamists attack Algerian gas field

    01/16/2013 9:35:55 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 16, 2013 | Lamine Chikhi
    Islamist militants attacked a gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, claiming to have kidnapped up to 41 foreigners including seven Americans in a dawn raid in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali, according to regional media reports. The raiders were also reported to have killed three people, including a Briton and a French national. An al Qaeda affiliated group said the raid had been carried out because of Algeria's decision to allow France to use its air space for attacks against Islamists in Mali, where French forces have been in action against al Qaeda-linked militants since last week. The attack...
  • US Confirms Americans Taken After Algeria Attack (SecDef Panetta: "Terrorist Attack"

    01/16/2013 10:47:03 AM PST · by kristinn · 66 replies
    AP via U.S. News ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Bradley Klapper
    The Obama administration is condemning an Islamist attack on a natural gas field in southern Algeria and confirming that Americans are among those being held hostage. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters in Italy that Americans were among the hostages and called the incident a "terrorist attack."
  • Panetta to Pope Benedict: ‘Pray for me’

    01/16/2013 6:34:45 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 16, 2013 | Craig Whitlock
    VATICAN CITY – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta took a break Wednesday from war planning and leading the world’s most powerful military to pay his respects to Pope Benedict XVI, a champion of peace.Panetta, a devout Catholic who proudly wears his Italian American heritage on his sleeve, was beaming as he sat in a front row reserved for VIPs during the pope’s weekly general audience in a Vatican auditorium. After listening to a papal address in several languages, Panetta and three of his military aides — along with dozens of other Catholics — lined up to meet Benedict and receive...