Leon Panetta

By IndepthAfrica
In Middle East
Aug 7th, 2012
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Since Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s visit to Israel last week, during which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu openly and in Panetta’s presence decriedU.S. policy toward Iran as ineffective, Israeli media have been reporting further bitter charges against Washington by Israeli officials. On Sunday ...
By IndepthAfrica
In Middle East
Apr 5th, 2012
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In his March 28th article, “Israel’s Secret Staging Ground,” in Foreign Policy, Mark Perry revealed previously secret information about Israel’s dealings with Azerbaijan;  and many are now of the opinion that his article was in reality Obama’s knife in Israel’s back.  According to Perry, four unnamed...
By IndepthAfrica
In Asia
Mar 19th, 2012
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Dmitriy SEDOV Nobody will know what Defense Secretary Leon Panetta felt after getting a report that a terrorist attack had been timed to his arrival at UK Camp Bastion air base situated in the South of Afghanistan. An Afghan translator, who served at the facility, tried to get his pick-up to the runw...
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Mar 11th, 2012
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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told a Senate committee on Wednesday that the US would “seek permission” from international organizations before committing the military to war. He also made it clear that the Obama administration does not feel it necessary to “inform” Congress or get their authoriza...
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In Andrei AKULOV
Feb 13th, 2012
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Andrei AKULOV US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he hoped U.S. troops in Afghanistan would be able to move into a training and support role during the second half of next year. The U.S. proposal to stop combat operations in Afghanistan by the middle of 2013 came as a surprise to everyone includin...
By IndepthAfrica
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Feb 8th, 2012
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On January 29, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was interviewed on CBS news. When asked about the situation with Iran, Secretary Panetta responded: “[I]f they [Iran] decided to [build a nuclear device], it would probably take them about a year … [and] …if they proceed and [if] we get intelligence…th...
By IndepthAfrica
In Asia
Feb 6th, 2012
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Floating a trial balloon for the White House, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced last week that the Obama administration is planning to speed up its withdrawal timetable in Afghanistan. “By mid- to the latter part of 2013, we’ll be able to make a transition from a combat role to a training, adv...
By IndepthAfrica
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Feb 6th, 2012
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The 33-year farce of Western appeasement of Iran may be reaching its denouement. For the last few months, the pace of events have quickened as the West sanctions and threatens, and Iran blusters about closing the Strait of Hormuz, cutting off oil to Europe, and unleashing its terrorist proxies. Just ...
By IndepthAfrica
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Jan 9th, 2012
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By Alan W. Dowd Declaring that the U.S. military and the nation it defends are at a “moment of transition,” President Barack Obama has unveiled a dramatic scaling-back of the military’s role, reach and resources—complete with troop reductions, force redeployments and a promise to refocus on economic ...
By IndepthAfrica
In Djibouti
Dec 13th, 2011
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says countries like Djibouti are key to counterterrorism efforts, as the U.S. shifts its focus to al-Qaida affiliates in Somalia and Yemen. Panetta made a brief visit Tuesday to Djibouti, where he met with President Ismail Omar Guelleh and thanked him for his su...