Leon E. Panetta


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We are in a new chapter of the Cold War with Putin.feedback
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Nov 21 2017
Leon E. Panetta has been quoted 48 times. The one recent article where Leon E. Panetta has been quoted is In modernizing nuclear arsenal, U.S. stokes new arms race. Most recently, Leon E. Panetta was quoted as having said, “We have defense, entitlements and taxes to deal with at the same time there are record deficits.”.
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Oct 06 2017 - Trump Presidency

You begin to assume that it's more about getting attention than it is about proclaiming some kind of national policy. I don't think it's responsible...but I think in this instance we probably all should take a deep breath and try to assume he's just making a play for attention.feedback

Oct 06 2017

There is no indication that there is a strategy or a policy behind that statement.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Ku Klux Klan

I think the problem is that they (advisers) are now dealing with a president who tweets his thoughts to the country. He's not the kind of individual who sits down with his national security team and tries to work these issues out in a policy process that is confined to the White House. You just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it.feedback

Aug 03 2017

For smooth White House operations, the personnel manager and the president must be on the same page.feedback

Aug 03 2017

He'd basically look at me and say, I think that proposal is four-letter-word nuts. John is the kind of guy who will look you in the eye and tell you what the hell he is thinking. The real question is whether the president will give him the authority he needs to do the job.feedback

Jul 28 2017

I had seen the kind of disruption at the White House and wanted to remain OMB director. I said, I'm probably more valuable to you as OMB director,' and I'll never forget what Clinton said. He said, You know, you could be the greatest OMB director in the history of the country, but if the White House is falling apart, nobody's going to remember you.feedback

Jul 13 2017 - Immigration

John Kelly is being a good Marine. He was loyal to me, and he's loyal to his commander in chief. I don't think some of the things the department is doing reflect the views of John Kelly.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Travel ban

From the beginning, the administration has said the travel ban has been about the effective vetting of people coming to this country. They should stop with this attack on the courts with the silly ban and get on with doing a thorough assessment of the vetting process, if that's the purpose.feedback

Apr 29 2017 - Trump Presidency

Is he the tweeting Trump who's the TV personality, or the businessman Trump who can be more responsible in terms of getting things done? The American people are still trying to figure out who is the real president of the United States.feedback

Apr 29 2017 - Syria conflict

I think the world has drawn some degree of comfort by virtue of the national security team, but there are still mixed messages going out as to whether there is any underlying strategy to the steps he's taking on Syria and North Korea.feedback

Apr 29 2017

You cannot be a president and govern by executive orders. The fact he's been issuing them all has been more politicking than effective policy, and some have run into checks and balances.feedback

Apr 26 2017

They really are a direct threat to our national security. But it's also a complicated issue. That's the reason most recent presidents haven't pulled the trigger. It's going to take a lot of continuing work because of the consequences of direct military action.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Syria conflict

He's got a great national security team. He's been willing to listen to them. And he's willing to change positions if necessary on China, on Syria, on NATO and some other areas.feedback

Apr 26 2017

This idea that growth can pay for these kinds of huge tax cuts is operating in fairyland. That just doesn't work, so if you're going to do a tax cut, then show how you're paying for it. Assuming we don't do anything about it, the (national) debt will double in the next few decades to 150 percent of our GDP. Our economy can't sustain that.feedback

Apr 14 2017

We have the potential for a nuclear war that would take millions of lives. So I think we have got to exercise some care here. Well, there's no question that this is a tinderbox, has been for a long time, but we're at a time when there is a potential for provocation with the testing of this nuclear weapon. And, you know, obviously the words from the administration are creating even higher volume in terms of the provocations that are going on.feedback

Apr 14 2017 - North Korea

The words from the administration are creating even higher volume in terms of the provocations that are going on. I think we have got to be careful here. We should not engage in any precipitous action. There is a reason no U.S. president in recent history has pulled the trigger on North Korea.feedback

Apr 07 2017

I think it was the right step to take. I think in a real way, what military action constitutes is a beginning, not an end, and they're going to have to figure out where do the next steps take us, and what are they prepared to do.feedback

Mar 21 2017

You cannot have a number of power centers within the White House. This White House is in danger of making a terrible mistake.feedback

Mar 21 2017

Your goal is to stay focused on the news that the president should be focused on and what you want to be the headline, not what the press wants to be the headline. Your hope is that the president will not be diverted from the principal message that he wants to get out that day.feedback

Mar 21 2017

I kept telling him, Look, if we spend all of our time and resources trying to find out who was leaking what, A, we'll never really determine what happened and B, it will divert us from the primary mission that we should be working on. The key for me was ultimately if I could build that sense within the White House where people felt like they were part of a team and were loyal to that team, then the problem of leaks began to heal itself.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Democratic Party

Deep down, despite a lot of rhetoric about cutting, members of Congress, both Republican and Democrat, are committed to areas of domestic spending, particularly those that affect their districts. What it means is that defense will go up, but then there will be a real game of smoke and mirrors to find a way to somehow cover those costs.feedback

Mar 05 2017

When the president goes off and does what he did within the last few days, of just going ahead and tweeting without checking on things, there's something wrong. There's something wrong in terms of the discipline within the White House and how you operate.feedback

Feb 19 2017 - CIA

The most important thing you can do to stop leaks is to establish loyalty between the people that are working for you and the president of the United States. If you establish that sense of loyalty then he won't have to worry about leaks. In my experience, I have never had intelligence officers who have a responsibility to provide full information to the president and to other leaders in the country ever withhold a piece of intelligence.feedback

Feb 19 2017 - CIA

Obviously, it's not a good situation. Because there is a lack of trust between the president and the intelligence community, and between the intelligence community and the president. And, you know, every time he demeans the intelligence community or accuses it of leaks or accuses it of doing things that it's not doing, that obviously impacts on the morale of that institution. I've been involved in politics for a long time. And I've served two presidents and have worked under nine presidents. Leaks are a problem that every president has complained about.feedback

Feb 19 2017 - CIA

Your first responsibility is to provide the truth to the president. And if you start thinking about how the president's going to use it, what he's going to do with that information, then frankly, you'll never provide the truth to the president. And that's what intelligence officers are supposed to do.feedback

Feb 19 2017 - CIA

Look, these are good people. They're not Republicans or Democrats. They're good patriots who are trying to do their job. It's a tough job. They've got to put their lives on the line in order to provide information to the president. The last thing they need is to have a president who questions their patriotism to this country and to him.feedback

Jan 08 2017

"There were clearly White House staff who thought the recommendations he was making were too aggressive,". "But I thought a lot of that was, frankly, not having the maturity to look at all of the options that a president should look at in order to make the right decisions.".feedback

Dec 14 2016 - CIA

When it comes to Russia and (the country's) interference in our last campaign, 17 intelligence agencies agreed that (it) was involved in that effort.feedback

Dec 14 2016 - CIA

I've seen presidents who have asked questions about whether that intelligence is verifiable, what are the sources for that intelligence, but I have never seen a president who said, I don't want that stuff.feedback

Nov 09 2016 - Democratic Party

We're not sure he's a Republican, we're not sure he's a Democrat, he can very well put together the right kind of coalition that can help this country govern itself.feedback

Aug 01 2012

I think we have to exhaust, just as the prime minister has made this point, we have to exhaust every option, every effort, you know, before we resort to a military action. I think that's important.feedback

Jun 02 2012

Our effort to renew and intensify our involvement in Asia is fully compatible with the development and growth of China.feedback

May 11 2012 - Al-Qaeda

We do have intelligence that indicates that there is an al Qaeda presence in Syria. But frankly, we don't have very good intelligence as to just exactly what their activities are. And that's the reason we can't really indicate specifically what they are or not doing.feedback

Apr 18 2012

That behaviour that was depicted in those photos absolutely violates both our regulations and more importantly our core values. This is not who we are and it is certainly not who we represent when it comes to the great majority of men and women in uniform who are serving there.feedback

Aug 17 2011

The combination of NATO forces there, the combination of what the opposition is doing, the sanctions, the international pressure, the work of the Arab League – all that has been very helpful in moving this in the right direction. I think the sense is that Gaddafi's days are numbered.feedback

Aug 16 2011 - Libya

This latest defection is another example of how weak they've gotten.feedback

Jun 28 2010

The United States believes Iran has enough low-enriched uranium now for two weapons but Iran would have to enrich it first. And we would estimate that if they made that decision, it would probably take a year to get there, probably another year to develop the kind of weapons delivery system in order to make that viable.feedback

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