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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.

Panetta: Keep Pressure On Al Qaeda

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 03.20.2013 | World

LONDON — As international military operations continued in Algeria and Mali, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged NATO Friday to be more innovat...

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 ...

Panetta: 'I Don't Know Why The Hell People Have To Have Assault Weapons'

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

VICENZA, Italy -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta fired off a strong defense of gun control legislation Thursday, in front of a decidedly skeptical aud...

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.

Panetta: No U.S. Troops In Mali

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 03.17.2013 | World

MADRID, Spain — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday that the U.S. has ruled out putting any American troops on the ground in Mali, but o...

Obama, Karzai Meeting To Focus On Afghan Exit Strategy

AP | By ROBERT BURNS and JULIE PACE | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Uneasy allies, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai demonstrated Friday they could agree on one big idea: Afte...

Pentagon Considers Backup Plan In Case Of Congress Fail

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare ...

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 03.12.2013 | Gay 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.

Hagel Attempts To Counter Critics, Clarifies Stance On Iran

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's pick for defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, is meeting with senior Pentagon staff to try to set the record straigh...

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 ...

Don't Call It A Comeback

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 02.23.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — In the five years since "The Sopranos" ended, James Gandolfini has eschewed the spotlight, instead disappearing into a heap of charac...

Pentagon Layoffs Not Likely In Case Of Cliff Dive, Panetta Says

AP | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is assuring Pentagon workers they will not face layoffs immediately if the government cannot avert the ye...

Potential Obama Pick Questioned By Republicans

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's possible pick of Republican Chuck Hagel to run the Pentagon raises serious concerns among some of his form...

Top Intelligence Official's Ties To Controversial Film Investigated

AP | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says its top intelligence official, who has been mentioned as a possible candidate to be the next CIA director, is under in...

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...

Defense Secretary Frontrunner Has Strong Obama Ties

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel is a contrarian Republican moderate and decorated Vietnam combat veteran who is likely to support ...

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.