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  • Panetta takes pulse in Middle East

    10/03/2011 8:38:20 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 10/03/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in the Middle East to assess Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts and also take the temperature of Egypt. Panetta left Sunday on his trip, which also will take him to Brussels, where he’ll meet with NATO defense ministers. First, Panetta is sitting down with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. "There's not much question in my mind that they maintain that (military) edge," he told reporters, the AP reported. "But the question you have to ask: Is it enough to maintain a military edge if you're isolating yourself in the diplomatic arena?
  • U.S. Defense Secretary To Arrive In Israel To Discuss Iran Nuclear Program

    10/02/2011 4:48:44 PM PDT · by edpc · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 2 Oct 2011 | Amos Harel
    U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will arrive in Israel on Monday and meet with Defense Minister Ehud Barak. The two are due to discuss several issues including security ties between the U.S. and Israel, the Palestinian drive for independence, the "Arab Spring" and the Iranian nuclear program. This will be the second meeting between Barak and Panetta within two weeks. The last meeting took place when Barak visited Washington just before the opening session of the United Nations' General Assembly that dealt with the Palestinian application. Barak also held meetings with General David Petraeus, who replaced Panetta as director...
  • The "Peace Process" Will Be the Death of Israel

    10/04/2011 5:28:34 AM PDT · by tedbel · 12 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Oct 4/11 | Ted Belman
    US Secretary of defense, Leon Panetta, just came to town and warned that Israel is becoming “increasingly isolated” and must restart negotiations with the Palestinian Authority and work to restore relations with Egypt and Turkey. Why? According to Fox News, he said the ongoing upheaval in the Middle East makes it critical for the Israelis to find ways to communicate with other nations in the region in order to have stability. His remarks come on the heels of Bill Clinton's attack on Netanyahu for the failure of the peace process and Gates’ parting shot according to Elliot Abrams “Gates argued...
  • Panetta Warns of Israeli Isolation

    10/02/2011 5:48:06 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 34 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 2, 2011 | JULIAN E. BARNES
    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Sunday that Israel was at risk of becoming isolated and more vulnerable if it did not take steps to repair ties with neighboring countries and restart negotiations with the Palestinians. The U.S. remains committed to helping Israel maintain its "qualitative military edge" in the Middle East, Mr. Panetta said. But he added that genuine security would not come through military hardware, but by returning to peace negotiations. "The question you have to ask is: 'Is it enough to maintain a military edge if you are isolating yourself in the diplomatic arena?'" he said. "Real...
  • LEAKED: U.S. defense officials deliberately skewed survey results to sway 'Don't Ask' repeal

    07/22/2011 11:54:46 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 35 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 07/22/2011 | Kathleen Gilbert
    According to an explosive document, investigators from the U.S. military’s top investigative office found evidence that a Pentagon survey pivotal to the [DADT] repeal was engineered months prior to its release, and was deliberately skewed in later media leaks, with the intention of swaying Congress towards repeal despite opposition from combat troops. An unredacted version of the April 2011 report by the Defense department’s Inspector General was leaked to the conservative Center for Military Readiness, and a slightly redacted version was confirmed as authentic by a Defense spokesperson to The authors found that Jeh Johnson, a co-chair of the...
  • White House admits war with Iran

    07/14/2011 5:19:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 14, 2011 | Editorial
    Obama officials decry Tehran’s culpability for U.S. troop deathsThe United States is engaged in a deadly but seldom mentioned proxy war with Iran. In a rare act of candor, two senior Obama administration defense officials have addressed the open secret of Iran’s active support for insurgent groups fighting U.S. troops overseas. Earlier this week, during a visit to Iraq, newly confirmed Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta strongly denounced Iranian support for increasingly violent Shiite militia groups in that country. “We are very concerned about Iran and the weapons they are providing to extremists here in Iraq,” he said. “We’re seeing...
  • Panetta Report 1: Leon Panetta Paid Tribute to Two Longtime Communists

    06/23/2011 10:34:34 PM PDT · by LucyT · 31 replies
    New Zeal Shining The Torch for Liberty ^ | June 14, 2011 | Trevor loudon
    Leon Panetta In 1983, then Congressman, Leon Panetta, placed a tribute in the Congressional Record to two of his Santa Cruz, California constituents. The couple, Hugh DeLacy and his wife Dorothy Baskin DeLacy, both had long histories with the Communist Party USA and were very active in the Santa Cruz “progressive” movement that had helped nurture Congressman Panetta’s career. Phrases like “social justice” and “dark forces of McCarthyism” rolled from Rep. Panetta’s pen, in a piece that would not have been out of place in the Communist Party’s Peoples Daily World. Panetta makes it very clear he sympathizes with...
  • Panetta confirmed as Defense secretary

    06/21/2011 8:25:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 22, 2011 | Lisa Mascaro and Ken Dilanian
    The Senate unanimously confirmed Leon E. Panetta as secretary of Defense on Tuesday, putting the Pentagon in the hands of a former Democratic congressman and budget expert amid growing political discontent over the cost and reach of President Obama's military engagements. Panetta, who spent two years as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will replace Robert M. Gates, who is retiring after serving in two consecutive administrations. In a statement, Panetta thanked the Senate "for the strong vote of confidence" and said he was "deeply honored" by the 100-0 tally and the president's nomination. His confirmation comes as Obama is...
  • Media blackout: CIA director accused of links to Communist spy contact -- scandal ignored

    06/13/2011 8:53:22 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 35 replies
    Renew America ^ | 6-13-2011 | Wes Vernon - Commentary
    Media blackout: CIA director accused of links to Communist spy contact -- scandal ignored Wes Vernon June 13, 2011 If you have been depending on the mainstream media for your news the past few days, you are probably learning here for the first time that CIA Director Leon Panetta has been called out for his links to an important open member of the Communist Party. Some background When this writer first arrived in Washington, D.C., as a reporter in 1968, one of my assignments was to cover the congressional delegation from Washington State. Occasionally, both Democrat and Republican members of...
  • Panetta Hearing for SecDef Thursday: Obama CIA Director Linked to Spies Thru Communist Party Figure

    06/08/2011 3:40:44 PM PDT · by vadum · 27 replies
    New Zeal ^ | June 8, 2011 | Trevor Loudon
    New research from writers and researchers Trevor Loudon and Cliff Kincaid shows that Leon Panetta, the CIA director being considered on Thursday for the position of Secretary of Defense, had a previously undisclosed personal and friendly relationship with Hugh DeLacy, a prominent member of the Communist Party USA. DeLacy visited such countries as China and Nicaragua and was himself a personal contact of identified Soviet spies Solomon Adler and Frank Coe and accused spy John Stewart Service. Panetta spoke at DeLacy’s memorial service, directed a series of letters to him personally as “Dear Hugh,” and placed a tribute to him...
  • Did Leon Panetta Send Order to Take Out Osama Rather Than Obama?

    05/07/2011 4:24:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 53 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | May 5, 2011 | Van Helsing
    Gutsy? Please. A White House insider offers a peek behind the scenes regarding the no-brainer decision to take out bin Laden: President Obama was, in this case, as in all others, working as an absentee president. … [T]here had been a push to invade the compound for several weeks if not months, primarily led by Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, David Petraeus, and Jim Clapper. The primary opposition to this plan originated from Valerie Jarrett, and it was her opposition that was enough to create uncertainty within President Obama. … Every time military and intelligence officials appeared to make...
  • Obama storms out of national security shade-President no longer needs rival prop (Strange analysis)

    05/02/2011 4:09:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Calcutta Telegraph ^ | May 2, 2011 | K.P. Nayar
    San Francisco, May 2: The reward came before its reason. When President Barack Obama announced five days ago that his replacement for defence secretary Robert Gates, a high-profile Republican, would be the current director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon Panetta, there were raised eyebrows in Washington over his surprise choice. More than ever before, Obama needed Republican support to keep his administration functioning in the face of recent Opposition control of the House of Representatives and a loss of “filibuster-proof” majority for Democrats in the Senate. Obama’s opponents had continued to lambast him in early preparations for his re-election...
  • Report: Petraeus 'seriously considered' for CIA director

    04/05/2011 7:31:55 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies
    Report: Petraeus 'seriously considered' for CIA director By Jordan Fabian - 04/05/11 09:34 AM ET Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of allied forces in Afghanistan, is under consideration to become the next CIA director, according to a report. NPR reported Monday evening that several insiders say that Petraeus is being "seriously" considered for the key intelligence post. Under the proposed plan, CIA Director Leon Panetta could also move over to the Pentagon to serve as the next Defense secretary. He would replace Robert Gates, who wants to step down at the end of the year after serving in the Bush...
  • Leon Panetta Has Got Some Real Inside Info

    02/11/2011 7:06:51 AM PST · by Mayr Fortuna · 12 replies ^ | Friday, February 11th at 12:13AM EST | Posted by Leon H. Wolf
    I think it is fair to say that a lot of the higher-echelon government jobs, particularly in the Federal Government, are sui generis. ...
  • Obama’s worst day [February 10, 2011]

    02/10/2011 10:43:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 10, 2011 | Patrick Poole
    It’s hard to overstate how bad February 10, 2011, will rank among the worst days of Barack Obama’s administration. Earlier today CIA Director Leon Panetta told Congress that Mubarak would announce his departure today. That didn’t happen. Now our intelligence agencies are scrambling to understand what all this means. This catastrophic intelligence failure is the worst since 9/11 (rivaling even the 2007 Iran National Intelligence Estimate). Then Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in response to a question by Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) that the Muslim Brotherhood was “largely secular,” despite the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood lists as...
  • CIA Pulls Its Chief From Pakistan

    12/18/2010 4:05:59 AM PST · by deks · 30 replies
    Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty ^ | December 18, 2010 | Claire Bigg
    The CIA has recalled it top officer from Pakistan after his cover was blown and his life threatened. The alleged name of the CIA's station chief in Islamabad was revealed by a Pakistani man, Kareem Khan, who has threatened to sue the intelligence agency over the death of his son and brother in a U.S. missile strike. Khan and his lawyers told a news conference in November that they would seek a $500 million payment for his family members' deaths and warned they may sue CIA director Leon Panetta, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and the man they identified as...
  • Iran and the Missile Defense Imperative

    07/17/2010 10:42:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    FDD ^ | 7/14/2010 | R. James Woolsey, Rebeccah Heinrichs
    In a June 27 interview on ABC's "This Week," CIA Director Leon Panetta warned that it could be a mere two years before Iran is able to threaten other states with nuclear warheads mounted on ballistic missiles. When discussing the new U.S. sanctions against Iran recently signed into law by President Barack Obama, Mr. Panetta said, "Will it deter them from their ambitions with regards to nuclear capability? Probably not." Three months ago the Defense Intelligence Agency reported that by 2015 Iran, with help from North Korea or Russia, could field an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the...
  • The Job Nobody Wants (DNI Blair Bails on Obama; Panetta, Hagel Reject Obama)

    05/26/2010 7:15:08 PM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies · 935+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | Siohban Gorman
    On paper, it was a promotion. But Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta turned down a White House offer to become the next director of national intelligence anyway. President Barack Obama last week fired his intelligence chief, Dennis Blair, without an immediate successor teed up. People familiar with the matter said the White House had expected Mr. Blair would stick around until a replacement was found. Mr Blair declined. The struggle to find a successor has highlighted the challenges of filling an ill-defined job fraught with political tripwires. Mr. Panetta is one of a number of people who have turned...
  • Spying On Icebergs?

    01/07/2010 5:16:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1,205+ views ^ | January 7, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Climate Change: We can't stop terrorists from boarding planes with explosive undies, but the CIA has assets sufficient to monitor Arctic ice and look for signs of global warming? Is al-Qaida recruiting polar bears? One wouldn't think that the increasing polar bear population and the increasing rate of recidivism of former Guantanamo detainees released into the wild were related, but they are. At the urging of Al Gore, the administration is signing on to a plan to task vital intelligence assets to protect not the people of the United States, but the environment. The program, shot down by President Bush,...
  • Fox News: CIA Tracked Plane Bomber Since August

    12/29/2009 3:51:39 PM PST · by kristinn · 134 replies · 6,375+ views
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Kristinn
    Chris Wallace (filling in for Bret Baier)just reported that Fox News confirms that the CIA was tracking Northwest Airlines flight 253 bommber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab since August. He did not say more than that. No wonder Obama spoke out again today about a systemic failure. He knew tis news was going to come out.This terrorist getting through our defenses is going to be the responsibility of his administration, not President Bush's.