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Leon Panetta

Leon Edward Panetta is the current Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, who reports directly to the Director of National Intelligence and the President of the United States of America. An Italian American Democratic politician, lawyer, and professor, Panetta served as President Bill Clinton's White House Chief of Staff from 1994 to 1997 and was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993. He is the founder and director of the Panetta Institute, served as Distinguished Scholar to Chancellor Charles B. Reed of the California State University System and professor of public policy at Santa Clara University. In January 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Panetta for the post of CIA Director; he was confirmed by the full Senate on February 12, 2009 and assumed the office the next day. » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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A Setback in the Long War
2014-07-07
That a menagerie of like-minded jihadist militant groups are alive and well and capturing territory suggests the irrelevance of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's claim in 2011 that al Qaeda was nearing "strategic defeat." The fate of al Qaeda is ...
(Foreign Policy (blog))

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    Iraq Drives New US Policy in Syria
    2014-06-30
    Just under two years ago, in late 2012, says Crowley, Obama was presented a plan supported by Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta and David Petraeus to step up training and arming of the rebels in Syria. While not embracing that proposal, the president has ...
    (Voice of America)

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      Today in history
      2014-06-28
      Comedian-impressionist John Byner is 77. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is 76. Actress Kathy Bates is 66. Actress Alice Krige is 60. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway is 54. Record company chief executive Tony Mercedes is 52.
      (Citizens Voice)
      1. HAYDEN: Sarajevo, black swans and today

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      Fox's Bret Baier Rehashes Already-Answered Benghazi Question During Clinton ...
      2014-06-18
      During Fox News' interview with Hillary Clinton, Bret Baier rehashed an already-answered question about whether or not the former secretary of state had been in contact with then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta the night of the attacks on the U.S ...
      (Media Matters for America (blog))
      1. hillary clinton on fox news
      2. Hillary Clinton looks ready for 2016 presidential race in Fox News interview

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      Obama to Use Executive Action to Make US Marine Sanctuary Ten Times Larger
      2014-06-17
      “When the president is besieged by the problems as this administration has faced, it's tough to keep your focus on ocean policy,” former defense secretary Leon Panetta, told the Post. “That's the problem—you just can't afford to put oceans on the back ...
      (Newsweek)
      1. Obama announces major initiative to protect the Pacific Ocean
      2. Obama Announces Plans to Create World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary

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      Hillary Clinton's Bad Book
      2014-06-12
      She confirms a much-reported dispute from 2012, when she (in alliance with the then CIA chief, David Petraeus, and the then defence secretary, Leon Panetta) wanted to train and arm non-extremist Syrian rebels. Mr Obama decided the risks outweighed ...
      (Business Insider)
      1. Is Hillary Clinton Really As Healthy As She Says She Is? (VIDEO)
      2. 'Hard Choices': How Hillary Clinton Took Control of Her Narrative

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      Leon Panetta Questions Obama's Ability to Keep Taliban Five Off Battlefield
      2014-06-05
      Leon Panetta, who served as CIA director and defense secretary under President Obama, said that he thought the prisoner exchange for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl would never take place and said he has concerns about the U.S.'s ability to keep the five ...
      (National Review Online)
      1. 13 Things You Need to Know About Bowe Bergdahl
      2. Inside the White House's decision to free Bergdahl

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      Bin Laden raid expected to be a centerpiece of Hillary Clinton's memoir
      2014-06-02
      In the book, she is said to have signed onto the mission almost as soon as then-CIA Director Leon Panetta requested a private meeting to request her help. Over lunch on March 7, 2011, Panetta told Clinton that his analysts had the first potentially ...
      (Washington Post)
      1. Still plenty of questions for Hillary Clinton on Benghazi
      2. The Hillary Book Spin for 2016: Hyping the bin Laden Strike
      3. Clinton book to highlight bin Laden raid

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      The Trouble with Qatar
      2014-06-02
      In 2012, then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was so concerned with Qatar's lax attitude towards the jihadists that he fought against the transfer of the Taliban Five. According to the Wall Street Journal, Panetta and other Defense Department ...
      (The Weekly Standard (blog))
      1. Top Intel GOP: 6 Months Ago, Obama Admin Promised No Taliban Release ...
      2. A Pathetic Prisoner Exchange
      3. Can Hillary duck Taliban deal on campaign trail?

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