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Obama's Pentagon Chief Slams White House

The Daily Beast | Josh Rogin | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

The president’s White House staff was controlling, insular, and often ignored the advice of its senior national security officials, former Defense S...

Making an Enemy

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, the quest for a new enemy is underway. The armed services, select corporations, and politicians who wrap themselves in the flag are all zeroing in on China.

JSOC: Heads Up!

David Wood | Posted 03.20.2013 | Home
David Wood

I wrote yesterday about the developing opportunity for new SOF missions in Mali and perhaps Algeria, if the Algerians and French would stand aside. To...

Panetta: Militants Will Be Hunted Down

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2013 | Home

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Friday militants who attacked the United States and its citizens will hunted ...

David Wood

'We're Not Gonna Walk Backward': Panetta On Our Future In Afghanistan | David Wood | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Starting Sunday, tens of thousands of troops from the 10th Mountain, 101st Airborne and the 1st Armored Divisions will begin boarding ai...

Panetta: Bin Laden Doctor's Sentence 'Disturbing'

Posted 05.27.2012 | Home

Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is defending the Obama administration's plans to wind down the more than decade-long ...

David Wood

A Delicate and Dangerous New U.S. Mission: Talk To The Afghan Taliban | David Wood | Posted 02.16.2012 | Home

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- The paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne's 4th Brigade, deploying to Afghanistan later this month, are headed into a unique and delic...

Panetta Condemns Shocking Marines Video

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2012 | Home

WASHINGTON Jan 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday condemned a video that apparently shows U.S. Marines urinating on the ...

The Devil Is in the Details of the Pentagon's Plan

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

Will super-rich war-industry CEOs be able to keep bilking taxpayers out of hundreds of billions of dollars? That's the question everyone should be ask...

A Bad Day (and New Year) for U.S. National Security

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Politically, there may be reasons why Congress has supported the National Defense Authorization Act, including the many earmarks that bring costly projects to members' districts. But as a matter of national security and American principles, the bill is a disaster.

Leon Panetta, Terrified of Fighting Previous American Militaries

Barry Eisler | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Barry Eisler

If Panetta had been interested in logical relevance, though, he wouldn't have referred to the past at all. He would have focused on the present, and in the present, we spend more on our military than the rest of the world spends combined.

Pentagon Sounds Dire Warning On Cuts

AOL Defense | Carlo Munoz | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Pentagon: It's official: the Pentagon will get roughly halfway to the Obama administration's goal of cutting up to $500 billion in defense spending ov...

Panetta Changes Tone On 'Apocalyptic' Defense Cuts

AOL Defense | Winslow Wheeler | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

Until Tuesday Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta had been describing Pentagon budget cuts beyond the $450 billion over 10 years he and President Obama ...

Panetta Starts Singing Contractors' Tune After Closed-Door Meeting

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

Panetta and his counterparts in the war industry can play Chicken Little all they want about war budget spending cuts, but they can't change the simple fact that military spending is terrible at creating jobs.

Pentagon's Scare Campaign Based On Budget Spin, Not Facts

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The Pentagon and their war industry allies are mounting an aggressive, fear-based campaign of hyperbole and spin to scare Congress away from cuts that could affect contractor profits.

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.

End the Confusion: Certify "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal Now

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

The decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to prohibit the Pentagon from enforcing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) law has caused new and unnecessary confusion as this protracted process continues to languish without final resolution.

A Scary Number: 3,000 Military Sexual Assaults

Sen. Claire McCaskill | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics
Sen. Claire McCaskill

Last year more than 3,000 incidents of sexual assault were reported throughout the U.S. Armed Forces. We cannot tolerate our military men and women being in an unsafe environment in their own military community.

Friday Talking Points [169] -- Weiner Roast

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.11.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Having just gotten back from a trip abroad where the news was dominated by the story of a politician facing severe consequences for his sexual misconduct, I opened up the pages of the American news to find... well, pretty much the same thing.

David Wood

Obama's National Security Shuffle | David Wood | Posted 06.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a high-level reshuffle of his national security team, President Barack Obama intends to move CIA Director Leon Panetta to the Pentago...

Lessons of 1994

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

Okay, I'm disappointed with our president. But not for the reasons you think. I'm his biggest supporter in Somerville, Massachusetts, population, 76,4...

Panetta Shrugs Like Rumsfeld

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Greenwald

CIA Director Leon Panetta channeled Donald Rumsfeld this week when he excused setbacks for the administration's brutal, costly and failing strategy in Afghanistan.

One "Spy Czar" Too Many?

Richard H. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard H. Smith

Nearly as inevitable as Death and Taxes is the perpetuation of a Government mistake - especially when that mistake is an ill-conceived bureaucracy con...

Senators Push Leon Panetta Over James Clapper For White House Intelligence Job

Foreign Policy | Josh Rogin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In this era of hyper partisanship in Congress, there's one thing leading Democrats and Republicans can agree on: They want Leon Panetta, not James Cla...

Speaker Nancy Pelosi Deserves Our Respect

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

Polarizing or not, I have come to see Pelosi as a very effective leader, working behind the scenes, knowing her members, getting things done despite the odds, and not letting the fringe stop her.