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Molly O'Toole

Leon Panetta Removes 'Brass Ceiling,' Lifts Combat Exclusion

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The military services began racing Thursday to open jobs across the armed forces to women, a historic change that likely will put more w...

Allen West: Combat Is No Place For A Woman

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

Former Florida Rep. Allen West (R) took to Twitter on Wednesday to express his dismay at plans to lift a combat ban and allow women to fight on the fr...

Servicewomen Speak Out On New Opportunities

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

* Servicewomen say they already serve in combat zones * Without combat ribbons, their careers are stunted * Critics say ...

Molly O'Toole

Women Soldiers Win Equal Right To Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is lifting the military ban on women in combat, allowing them to officially serve on the front lines f...

Obama Lifting Ban on Women in Combat Makes the US Stronger

Jon Soltz | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Much has been said about President Obama's inauguration address possibly signaling an era of the bold, positive change so many expected from him. Today, a monumental move has been made, which shows that is exactly what is happening.

Leon Panetta: Drones To Be 'Continuing Tool' Of U.S. National Security

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday that the Obama administration will continue to use drone strikes as part of its counter-te...

Why Is America Turning a Blind Eye to al Qaeda?

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 03.20.2013 | World
Rebecca Tinsley

This week Leon Panetta said America has "a responsibility to go after al Qaeda wherever they are." He was referring to U.S. efforts to assist the French in Mali. Yet, not that far away, the U.S. turns a blind eye to extreme Islamist policies and actions that threaten America's security.

Our Military Justice System Needs Fixing

Nancy Parrish | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Nancy Parrish

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 22-33 percent of female service members are assaulted while in the service. We need our elected leaders to take action in 2013 to fix our broken system of military justice.

There's Something Wrong With This CNN Graphic

Posted 01.17.2013 | Media

A CNN chyron erroneously referred to outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as "Leon Panther" on Thursday. “CNN Newsroom” was airing a rep...

Panetta Scolds Congress, Urges Lawmakers To 'Suck It Up'

Reuters | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

* Pentagon facing 'perfect storm' of fiscal problems- Panetta * Department will pay a 'hell of a price' if cuts go into effect ...

Hagel for Defense

Abraham R. Wagner | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Abraham R. Wagner

As a Jew, a conservative, and strong supporter of Israel, I have made the same criticism repeatedly myself over the past 40 years and would be loathe to castigate Hagel for it. At the same time, his voting record as a senator demonstrates unwavering support for Israel.

Leon Panetta Hopes Congress 'Will Do The Right Thing'

Reuters | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday he had directed the U.S. military services to began taking "prudent" s...

The United States, China and India: Unintended Consequences of Great Power Politics

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 03.12.2013 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

The Obama administration should nevertheless carefully evaluate its relationship with India in the next four years and beware of the unintentional but often hazardous consequences of Great Power politics.

Marines Lead, Ft. Bragg Lags... and Hagel Waits

Allyson D. Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allyson D. Robinson

Having apologized for his own very public failures and committed himself to supporting gay and lesbian service members, Senator Hagel is now under pressure to detail how he plans to make good on that commitment. He would do well to follow Marine Commandant General Amos's example.

Maybe We Should Have Kept Sequestration for Defense

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

Sequestration, meaning the budget cuts that would have been required had no fiscal cliff legislation passed, was not something advocated by a significant number of people. But would it have been the sort of cleanse that the body politic occasionally needs?

Zero Dark Thirty Account of Torture Verified by Media Record of Legislators and CIA Officials

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
G. Roger Denson

In the weeks surrounding the raid on bin Laden, the government, the intelligence community, the media, and the public displayed a wide variance of views on waterboarding. The intelligence community in particular seems marked by inconsistency and outright contradiction.

Military Women Sexually Assaulted While In War Zones, Study Shows

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics

Sexual assault of military women while in a war zone is surprisingly common, according to new research by the Department of Veterans Affairs. In a ...

Potential Obama Nomination Faces Congressional Backlash

Reuters | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics

* Ex-senator under fire for views on Israel, Iran * Washington Post says Hagel "not the right choice" * Confirmation fig...

The Cliffs We Aren't Falling From (and One From Which We Are)

William Bradley | Posted 02.14.2013 | World
William Bradley

As the Obama Administration works to "re-balance" the nation's strategic focus, there are several crises which seemed to approach metaphorical cliffs all their own.

An Auspicious Day

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

Whether the movie actually implies that torture led to bin Laden, or whether, as the filmmakers suggest, that idea is completely outlandish, it is true that a significant portion of the public continues to believe that torture is effective.

Panetta: No New Syrian Activity On Chemical Weapons

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2013 | World

By Phil Stewart KUWAIT, Dec 11 (Reuters) - United States intelligence agencies have detected no new moves by the Syrian government in ...

Molly O'Toole

Defense Department Sued Over Rules Restricting Women In Combat

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 11.27.2012 | World

A first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, a captain in the Marine Corps Reserves, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves and a major in the U.S...

Panetta 'Unaware' Of More Names In Huge Scandal

Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics

By ROBERT BURNS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BANGKOK -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday he knows of no other senior U.S. military officers be...

Molly O'Toole

Air Force Sex Scandal Report Cites 'Abuse Of Power' Amid Petraeus, Allen Investigation

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 11.15.2012 | Politics

A U.S. military shaken by the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus and the investigation of its top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, a...

David Wood

In Midst Of Petraeus-Allen Scandal, War In Afghanistan Roars On

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics

As word began leaking out last Friday that CIA Director David Petraeus would resign because of an extramarital affair, a firefight erupted in Eastern ...