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Leon Panetta

The Fading Blessing of September 11

Dovid Efune | Posted 11.11.2011 | World
Dovid Efune

At the average English newsstand one can find available for purchase approximately fifteen national daily newspapers, in stark contrast to New York's ...

Joshua Hersh

Obama Administration Reducing U.S. Forces In Iraq To 3,000 By End Of Year | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration is willing to drop American troop levels in Iraq to as low as 3,000 by the end of this year, The Huffington Post has confirme...

Where's the Plan for Defense Spending? (Updated w/Video)

Joe Sestak | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics
Joe Sestak

Secretary Panetta's role is to be accountable only to the young men and women who serve us, not to the defense complex.

How to Become the 51st State

Leon Friedman | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Leon Friedman

Some southern California counties have begun an effort to break off from the rest of California and form a 51st state. How difficult will it be for this group to take such a step?

Panetta Issues Gag Order

AOL Defense | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has moved to gag all communications between the Pentagon and Congress on the highly sensitive issue of the congressiona...

Chitchat With Leon and Hillary on the Defense Budget

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

The problem is not money. The problem is that the Pentagon, as it exists under its current leadership, is incapable of surviving with less money.

Report: Gaddafi Making Plans To Flee Libya

Posted 10.18.2011 | World

Embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi may be preparing to flee the country within days, according to NBC News. U.S. officials told NBC that intel...

How Safe Are You?

Christopher Hellman | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics
Christopher Hellman

As with all addictions, once you're hooked on massive military spending, it's hard to think realistically or ask the obvious questions. Has your money, funneled into the vast and shadowy world of military and national security spending, made you safer?

War Budget Cuts Possible if We Counter Contractors' Multimillion-Dollar Campaign Spending

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The deal worked out to allow a rise in the debt ceiling gives us our first real chance in more than a decade to make significant cuts to our country's out-of-control war budget, but we are going to have to fight for them.

Secretary Panetta and the Doomsday Mechanism

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Real budget reductions present the prospect of real reform in the Pentagon. Clearly, Secretary Panetta is not opting to be the source of that reform. It now must come from the outside.

Pentagon Chief Warns Against 'Dangerous' Budget Cuts

Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics

By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Silent for days amid the Capitol Hill debt standoff, the Pentagon has finally thrown down a mark...

How the Debt Deal Creates an Opportunity to Cut Nuclear Weapons

Joel Rubin | Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics
Joel Rubin

Now is the time for tough choices to be made between defense programs that serve our warriors and those that we have maintained for too long due to bureaucratic, parochial or ideological reasons.

Washington Should Leave Iraq to the Iraqis

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.01.2011 | World
Doug Bandow

Iraq is ending like most wars -- far more costly in blood and treasure and far worse in geopolitical effects than expected. The U.S. should not have invaded Iraq. President Obama can't undo the ill effects of the war, but he can avoid the costs of a permanent occupation.

Watch: U.S. Officials: Al Qaeda On Brink of Collapse

Posted 09.26.2011 | World

The killing of Osama bin Laden and seven years of drone strikes against Al Qaeda's leadership have left the organization near collapse according to U....

Al Qaeda On Brink Of Collapse, U.S. Officials Say

The Washington Post | Greg Miller | Posted 09.25.2011 | World

U.S. counterterrorism officials are increasingly convinced that the killing of Osama bin Laden and the toll of seven years of CIA drone strikes have p...

Friday Talking Points -- What Would Ronald Reagan Do?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since the Republican Party now worships at the altar of "Saint Ronald of Reagan," it's always fun to point out the hard, cold fact that Reagan would simply not be acceptable to the Republican Party as it stands today.

U.S. Department Of Defense Has 'Multiple Plans' To Support Iraq Presence

AOL Defense | Carlos Munoz | Posted 09.19.2011 | World

Washington: If there is one thing the Pentagon takes really seriously, it's making plans. It has contingency plans for its original plans and if all e...

Joshua Hersh

Obama Administration Searching For A Way To Stay In Iraq? | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.18.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is facing a major political and strategic dilemma as it debates a continued troop presence in Iraq after this y...

Pentagon Says Foreign Hackers Stole 24,000 Military Files In March

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.13.2011 | Technology

Foreign hackers infiltrated the network of a defense contractor in March, stealing 24,000 military files in a single intrusion, Deputy Defense Secreta...

Good Times for the Nuclear Weapons Budget

Benjamin Loehrke | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Benjamin Loehrke

As the rest of Washington is bracing for cuts, the funding spigot for nuclear weapons and delivery systems is about to get thrown wide open. What does this say about our security priorities?

Panetta's Gaffe

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Leon Panetta told the embarrassing truth: 9/11, day of unspeakable tragedy, was a goldmine for the Pentagon and the corporate war interests and was quickly used to launch two wars.

At Camp Victory: a Dubious Rationale

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 09.12.2011 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

The straight-talking new Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, is already proving quite a contrast to his deft, if somewhat bureaucratic, wordsmith of a pr...

Sarkozy: France Will Pull 1,000 Troops Out Of Afghanistan By End Of 2012

Reuters | Philippe Wozajer | Posted 09.10.2011 | World

By Philippe Wozajer KABUL, July 12 (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said during a visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday that France will pull...

Panetta's Grand Tour

Michael Brenner | Posted 09.10.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

The American position is foreign policy by adrenaline rush. It has no grounding in understanding or logic. It betrays monumental ignorance of the Pakistani elite. It lacks all proportion and perspective. It reeks of hubris.

U.S. Carries Out Drone Attack On Militants In Somalia, Says Official

The Washington Post | Hide This | Posted 08.29.2011 | World

A U.S. drone aircraft fired on two leaders of a militant Somali organization tied to al-Qaeda, apparently wounding them, a senior U.S. military offici...