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Leon Panetta

Panetta, Dempsey Paint Awful Picture of Benghazi Response

February 8, 2013

Buried in the hinterlands of media coverage yesterday was the testimony of outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, as well as Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey on the administration’s response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi last September 11. Apparently, Panetta informed the President of the attack during an already previously scheduled telephone meeting.  However, no [...]

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Women on the Front Lines

January 24, 2013

Word came out today that outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is paving the way for women to be on the front line of combat by 2016. While I agree in principle with the policy change, I have a feeling that this opportunity for women is done in-hand with civilian political calculations — another “first” [...]

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The Iraq War Ends

December 15, 2011

Today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was present in Baghdad for the official ceremony which served to formally end the Iraq War.  The secretary noted that we’re leaving with our “chins held high” and gave respectful deference to the sacrifices of the soldiers and their loved ones during this conflict.  We leave only two small bases [...]

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What Did She Know and When Did She Remember It

May 10, 2009

An important story worth watching last week was that of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and when she knew about the Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs) used on Gitmo detainees.  At first, she knew nothing about the EITs being used until the general public did:  “We were not, I repeat, we were not told that waterboarding or [...]

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