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Tag: Leon Panetta


BENGHAZI: The truth about attack still not told

Now that John Brennan has been confirmed as CIA director by the Senate, it appears we may never learn the entire truth about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, or the apparent cover-up in the aftermath. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham were going to hold up the confirmation until they received more information. It didn’t happen.

Neither former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta or Brennan provided much information. The Democrats spent their congressional time with Clinton praising her work at the State Department even though she had no knowledge of the lack

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MILITARY: No need to apologize for photos

Having read the Defense Secretary Leon Panetta apologized for the photos taken of soldiers with a suicide bomber’s body parts (TNT, 4-18), I was struck by the hypocrisy of it all.

Since the invention of the camera, soldiers have been photographed with the bodies of enemy combatants. Before the camera these scenes were commemorated in sculpture and in paintings that are now referred to as “classical art.”

Are the photos from Afghanistan gruesome? Absolutely. But we spend billions to turn our young men and women into warriors for the express purpose of killing, maiming and ultimately defeating our “enemies.”

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MILITARY: Panetta needs to stick up for soldiers

Re: “Obama to shake up security positions” (TNT, 4-28).

Military families will be watching closely to see if soon-to-be Defense Secretary Leon Panetta can defend critical troop equipment from growing congressional demands for deep Pentagon budget cuts. Everyone supports cutting waste, but the wrong cuts could endanger our troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Yet the House Armed Services Committee last year voted to cut funding for the Army’s Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) program, which would provide soldiers with the mobile, secure wireless network and portable ground reconnaissance robot capable of delivering and distributing the

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