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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 | World
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: 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...

Panetta: Militants Will Be Hunted Down

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2013 | World

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: Decision On Post-2014 Troops In Next Few Weeks

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 02.11.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Barack Obama will decide shortly how many U.S. troops he wants to keep in Afghanistan after the U.S.-led coalitio...

Top Official Warns Against Leaping To Conclusions About Possibly 'Inappropriate' Emails

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

PERTH, Australia — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta cautioned Wednesday against reaching early conclusions about the veracity of allegations again...

33,000 Troops Out Of Afghanistan As Surge Ends

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 09.21.2012 | World

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- The 33,000 additional U.S. troops that President Barack Obama ordered to Afghanistan to tamp down the Taliban attacks nearly ...

Panetta To Make First China Trip Amid Disputes

AP | Posted 08.30.2012 | World

BEIJING -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will make his first visit to China as Pentagon chief in a couple of weeks at a time when the nations ar...

Panetta: All Options On The Table To Stop Iran

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.01.2012 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, standing next to the U.S. defense chief, said Wednesday without qualification that intern...

Panetta Salutes Gay Troops

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday thanked gay and lesbian military members for their service, as the Pentagon prepares to ma...

Official: U.S.-Pakistan Relation As 'Worst It Has Ever Been'

AP | SEBASTIAN ABBOT and REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 08.09.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD -- You know a friendship has gone sour when you start making mean jokes about your friend in front of his most bitter nemesis. So it was a ...

Panetta: Bin Laden Doctor's Sentence 'Disturbing'

Posted 05.27.2012 | World

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

Marines Punished For Pushing Prostitute Out Of Car

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 06.24.2012 | World

BRASILIA, Brazil — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday three Marines on a U.S. Embassy security team and one embassy staff member were p...

Panetta Reportedly Safe After Stolen Vehicle Explodes In Flames

AP | Posted 05.14.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says an Afghan drove an apparently stolen vehicle onto the ramp area of a British airfield in southern Afghanistan and into...

Panetta Calls For New Probe In Controversial Marines Photo

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and JULIE WATSON | Posted 04.11.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the Marine Corps on Friday to re-investigate and take appropriate action against the Marine sni...

Lawmakers Concerned About Key Cuts Amid Deficit Resolve

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's call to shrink the military, shut bases and cancel weapons to meet the demand for budget cuts tests the resolve...

David Wood

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

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...

U.S. Troops To End Combat Role In Afghanistan Next Year

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 04.02.2012 | World

BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta laid out the administration's most explicit portrayal of the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan, saying Wedn...

Obama Praises Bold Raid While Audience In The Dark

AP | By LOU KESTEN and KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 01.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "Good job tonight," President Barack Obama told his Defense chief as he arrived for his annual State of the Union message. Unknown to a...

Panetta Condemns Shocking Marines Video

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2012 | World

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...

Panetta Makes Historic Visit

AP | By LOLITA BALDOR | Posted 02.16.2012 | World

TRIPOLI, Libya -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said "the torch of freedom" has passed to the Libyan people and he pledged during a historic vis...

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.