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Parade Of Speakers At DNC Paint Trump As Unfit For Presidency In Every Way, From Billionaire Bloomberg To An Ex-CIA Director

A parade of speakers at the Democratic Convention painted a devastating picture of Donald Trump as the most unqualified, inexperienced and unpredictable nominee in anyone’s memory, urging Americans—including independents—to vote for Clinton or face dire consequences.

July 28, 2016

Benghazi Panel Continues Interviews, Surpasses Length Of 9/11 Inquiry

The committee investigating the fatal attacks in Benghazi, Libya, will interview several high-profile Obama administration officials this week, including former CIA Director David Petraeus and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

January 7, 2016

‘The Great War Of Our Time’ Goes Inside The CIA, To A Point

In his book The Great War of Our Time, former CIA deputy Director Michael Morell explains the blunder that led to Saddam Hussein being deposed and sent him into hiding in a spider hole.

June 21, 2015

Panetta Will Certify Gays Don’t Destroy Military

Newly-appointed Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is poised to certify on Friday that gays and lesbians serving openly in the armed forces would not damage unit cohesion or retention or otherwise undermine the ability of the world’s most powerful military to wage war. This comes in the wake of Congress passing and President Obama signing […]

July 21, 2011

DADT Should End In 60 Days

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta will certify that gays may serve openly in the armed services. News of his decision comes two weeks after top military leaders agreed that repealing the 17-year-old ban will not hurt military readiness. The decision is not unexpected. The Pentagon has conducted months of internal […]

July 21, 2011

Panetta: Al Qaeda On The Ropes

Perhaps laying the groundwork for a more aggressive withdrawal scheme from Afghanistan, newly-installed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Al Qaeda is nearly defeated: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declared Saturday that the United States is “within reach” of “strategically defeating” Al Qaeda as a terrorist threat, but that doing so would require killing or capturing the […]

July 10, 2011

Senate Unanimously Confirms Bin Laden-Killer as Defense Secretary

Former Congressman Leon Panetta, who served as budget director and chief of staff to President Clinton before being appointed to lead the CIA by Barack Obama, was confirmed in a 100-0 vote by the U.S. Senate today to take over for outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Panetta oversaw the U.S. military operation that captured and […]

June 22, 2011

Obama’s Defense Secretary Nominee Provides Few Details on Afghanistan Withdrawals

Leon Panetta, the current CIA chief and Obama’s chosen replacement for outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, avoided getting too specific on the the size of next month’s planned withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan today when he appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee for his confirmation hearing. Both Panetta and the president have […]

June 9, 2011