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Panetta Says Defeat of Al Qaeda ‘Within Reach’
New York Times ^

Posted on 07/09/2011 8:42:50 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Panetta Says Defeat of Al Qaeda ‘Within Reach’ By ELISABETH BUMILLER

KABUL, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, who arrived in Kabul on Saturday, said that the United States was “within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda” and that the American focus had narrowed to capturing or killing 10 to 20 crucial leaders of the terrorist group in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.

Mr. Panetta, who took over as defense secretary from Robert M. Gates on July 1, made his comments aboard his plane before arriving on an unannounced trip to Kabul, the Afghan capital.

They were Mr. Panetta’s first public remarks as defense secretary and among the most positive from a senior American national security official about the decade-old war against the terrorist organization, founded by Osama bin Laden, which was responsible for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Mr. Panetta, who as director of the Central Intelligence Agency ran the American commando raid that killed Bin Laden in Pakistan on May 2, said that one of his goals was to defeat Al Qaeda.

“Obviously we made an important start with that in getting rid of Bin Laden,” Mr. Panetta said. “But I was convinced in my capacity and I’m convinced in this capacity that we’re within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda. And I’m hoping to be able to focus on that, working obviously with my prior agency as well.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2012electionbias; afghanistan; alqaeda; bush; pakistan; panetta; punetta; somalia; surrender; waronterror; whiteflag; wot; yemen

1 posted on 07/09/2011 8:42:51 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
Yeah, and the Moderate Muslims are about to rise up and stop all the islamic extremists.

Naivete is not a good trait in a leader.

2 posted on 07/09/2011 8:44:10 AM PDT by Travis McGee (Castigo Cay is in print and on Kindle.)
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To: Sub-Driver

We’re turning the corner.....


3 posted on 07/09/2011 8:44:43 AM PDT by JoanneSD (TEA PARTY VERSES TEE TIME)
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To: Sub-Driver

I call BS on Panetta.


4 posted on 07/09/2011 8:46:04 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Sub-Driver

Yeah... that’s why Obammy is negotiating with them.


5 posted on 07/09/2011 8:48:04 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Sub-Driver

What’s Leon been smokin’?


6 posted on 07/09/2011 8:48:04 AM PDT by ImpBill ("America ... where are you now?" signed, a little "r" republican!)
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To: Sub-Driver

This from the guy getting his intel from newspapers.


7 posted on 07/09/2011 8:50:43 AM PDT by 23 Everest ( 831 Bonnie. I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Geeeeez, come on, its from the NYT. Its news from Der Stürmer/Pravda of the Democrat Party.


8 posted on 07/09/2011 8:55:15 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (ea. a month)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’d like to hear what his definition of “Al Qaeda” is.


9 posted on 07/09/2011 8:57:59 AM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The light at the end of the tunnel just might be an oncoming train...


10 posted on 07/09/2011 8:57:59 AM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (It's 3 AM. Let me sleep on it. I'll get back to you in 16 hours.)
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To: Sub-Driver

What he’s not saying is that Al Queda will lose because they will be subsumed as a culture within the confines of current American Government. Their new leader is Obama


11 posted on 07/09/2011 8:59:17 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s talking about the war on terror the same way obama is talking about the economy

victory is just over the horizon
really!

still and all, it is nice to see liberals armed with a militarized CIA and fleets of predators killing known or suspected muslim fanatics with intelligence gained from freestyle wiretapping, over the international borders of countries with whom we are not at war

without even reading them their Miranda rights


12 posted on 07/09/2011 8:59:58 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: Sub-Driver
...United States was “within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda”

I thought Mr. Panetta was smarter than to make such a stupid statement.....

Of course, maybe the hand controlling his puppet head was just invisible when he uttered that remark.

13 posted on 07/09/2011 9:02:55 AM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: Sub-Driver
One word answer: BULL!!!! Not unless they have killed the one or two billion Muzzies in the world.
14 posted on 07/09/2011 9:11:06 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (1 Cor. 15: 1-4; THE gospel of grace spelled out for all the lost. This is the way to Heaven.)
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To: Sub-Driver

That’s kind of like saying “I pulled up the 10 biggest weeds in my yard. Therfore, I am victorious!”


15 posted on 07/09/2011 9:11:19 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: Sub-Driver
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, who arrived in Kabul on Saturday, said that the United States was “within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda”

*************

Talk is cheap, Mr. Secretary....

Turn our forces loose -- stay out of the way...
Watch them make your prediction look good in short order! JMHO...

16 posted on 07/09/2011 9:14:35 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Then I look forward to the demise of the TSA.


17 posted on 07/09/2011 9:15:44 AM PDT by Poison Pill
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To: Sub-Driver

Horse crap.


18 posted on 07/09/2011 9:28:03 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: Sub-Driver

NYT: “Mr. Panetta, who as director of the Central Intelligence Agency ran the American commando raid that killed Bin Laden ...”

Wait a second! The Associated Pimps said Commander Zero led that mission ....


19 posted on 07/09/2011 9:31:09 AM PDT by tumblindice (Have you ever seen a photo of MIchelle Obama and `Bigfoot' together? I think not.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Another ACORN-style BS.


20 posted on 07/09/2011 9:37:19 AM PDT by hummingbird (Help keep Guam from tilting...still not tilting...)
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To: Sub-Driver

Leon, Leon. The Canadians just pulled out their forces in southern Afghanistan around Khandahar. That’s a stronghold for the Taliban and pro-Iranian forces. We don’t have the troops to fill the gap and it’s going to get worse once your boss starts reducing US forces. Nature abhors a vacuum, so who do you think is going to fill this particular void?

I know that you were CIA director, so you must have had a lobotomy.


21 posted on 07/09/2011 9:41:28 AM PDT by Tallguy (You can safely ignore anything that precedes the word "But"...)
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To: Sub-Driver

“United States was “within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda”

THANKS to President Bush, who aggressively fought them on every front. President Bush also made it clear that our fight is NOT just against “Al Qaeda” but all terrorists — i.e. radical Islamist terrorists.

Obama scaled this way back, doesn’t even call it “War on Terror” anymore and it does not want to go after the terrorists to kill or capture them, before they come over here, wants to declare victory, whether or not it’s true.


22 posted on 07/09/2011 9:43:10 AM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Sub-Driver

President Bush’s speech to Congress on Sept 20, 2001.

Full Text: President Bush Declares “War on Terror”

http://middleeast.about.com/od/usmideastpolicy/a/bush-war-on-terror-speech.htm

“Our war on terror begins with Al Qaida, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated.

These measures are essential. But the only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it, and destroy it where it grows.”


23 posted on 07/09/2011 9:47:41 AM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: JoanneSD
We’re turning the corner.....
Oh yeah, "light at the end of the tunnel."
24 posted on 07/09/2011 10:05:04 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Travis McGee

The Presidents’ new YES man ought send in the Presidents own Fighting fudgepackers— that’ll scare the Muslims.


25 posted on 07/09/2011 10:11:28 AM PDT by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: Sub-Driver
American focus had narrowed to capturing or killing 10 to 20 crucial leaders of the terrorist group in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen

Right, killing a few of their "leaders" sure has stopped them over the last 10 years. Oh, I wonder why they mention Somalia and Yemen but not the Al Quaeda we are supporting fighting with the "rebels" in Libya?

26 posted on 07/09/2011 10:33:03 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Sub-Driver

Does this include Al Qaida in America? And all of the loyalists to AQ who serve within the US military?

What a putz.


27 posted on 07/09/2011 10:34:22 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask Barack Obama this election if he believes Jesus Christ rose from the dead and walked among men.)
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To: Popman; Revolting cat!

“Mission sorta accomplished...”


28 posted on 07/09/2011 10:36:40 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask Barack Obama this election if he believes Jesus Christ rose from the dead and walked among men.)
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To: Clairity

Right. The US won the Cold War against the USSR but lost the war on global Communism and the rising Red tide of Socialism.

The war on Islamic Imperialism is not a 10 or 20 year long battle. It’s been waged for a thousand years and we should not let it rise up again and again and again.


29 posted on 07/09/2011 10:39:06 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask Barack Obama this election if he believes Jesus Christ rose from the dead and walked among men.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Reminds me of Baghdad Bob.
30 posted on 07/09/2011 10:52:57 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: cranked

Obama’s strategy is to name the Muslim Brotherhood - the organization that gave birth to Muslim international terrorist attacks, moderate Muslim friends of the US. You defeat your enemy by giving power over Americans so they won’t be mad about losing anymore.


31 posted on 07/09/2011 11:09:50 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: silverleaf

Yet the liberals cried foul that an illegal Mexican murdering-rapist didn’t get to talk to his consulate before being convicted and Obama’s pleas didn’t stop his execution in Texas.


32 posted on 07/09/2011 11:23:49 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: SaraJohnson

“Obama’s strategy is to name the Muslim Brotherhood - the organization that gave birth to Muslim international terrorist attacks, moderate Muslim friends of the US.”

Exactly, he wants all Americans to enjoy the same life he had in Indonesia.


33 posted on 07/09/2011 11:27:01 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Sub-Driver

Until something is done about Iran and Pakistan arming and supporting terror, the war will never end.


34 posted on 07/09/2011 11:28:37 AM PDT by Kandy Atz ("Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want for bread.")
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To: Sub-Driver

Now I am awaiting Obama’s followup speech emphasizing that the reason the US has defeated Al Qaeda is because he personally killed bin Laden.


35 posted on 07/09/2011 11:41:19 AM PDT by chuckee
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To: Sub-Driver

I disagree with the premise of the article.

Al Queda (spell it anyway you like, as there are multiple ‘versions’) is an IDEA, not a PERSON. IDEAS cannot be killed.


36 posted on 07/09/2011 12:29:21 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: JoanneSD
We’re turning the corner.....

Which is just about where the SUCKER PUNCH occurs.

37 posted on 07/09/2011 12:30:26 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: oh8eleven
Oh yeah, "light at the end of the tunnel."

Is a freight train coming your way.

38 posted on 07/09/2011 12:34:45 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...
Image and video hosting by TinyPic "See? That's exactly why I want to pull out all US troops. Duh!"

39 posted on 07/09/2011 2:36:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Sub-Driver
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta... said that the United States was “within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda”

If that were the case al Qaeda's best aiders and abetters in the Capitol building and the folks over at ACLU HQ would have Predator drones circling overhead, and northern Pakistan would be within a day or two of being made of glass.

40 posted on 07/09/2011 8:45:15 PM PDT by piasa
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To: Sub-Driver; sickoflibs; rabscuttle385; stephenjohnbanker

If Panetta believes his own words maybe I can get him to buy that bridge I own.


41 posted on 07/09/2011 10:46:34 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; Sub-Driver; sickoflibs; rabscuttle385

” If Panetta believes his own words maybe I can get him to buy that bridge I own. “

I still feel bad about selling you that....


42 posted on 07/10/2011 8:01:46 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Soooo are not the “Libyan Kinetic blah blah Al Qaeda allies to the US and NATO.” Or is that the Muzzie-B-Hood clan? Taliban are our friends now as long as we continue to sacrifice our American blood at a rapid pace they are our friends, just ask our government, meanwhile guns will be outlawed in America because our governement had walking guns to umm now Hizbollah camps and Mexican drug lords South of the border, clearly it’s the citizens fault * lotta sarcasm and thruths here*


43 posted on 07/13/2011 7:55:55 AM PDT by Karliner (Now this is not the end. .... But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning, Churchill 1942)
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