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  • 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
    thehill.com ^ | 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...
  • PANETTA: OBAMA HAS GIVEN UP

    10/07/2014 11:59:33 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 51 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 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
    CNSNews.com) - 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...
  • 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...