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Panetta Cites ‘Turning Point’ in Afghan War

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan believe the United States and its allies have, in his words, “turned the tide” after more than 11 years of war. Panetta spoke Tuesday in Washington, just days after a trip to Afghanistan, where he met with military commanders and Afghan leaders. He said […]

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In Cambodia, Panetta Touts Benefits of US Asia ‘Pivot’

Posted November 16th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has visited Cambodia for talks aimed at expanding military alliances in southeast Asia, in advance of President Barack Obama’s trip for a regional summit. Panetta, who met with counterparts from 10 southeast Asian nations in Siem Reap on Friday, touted the benefits of Washington’s recent strategic shift toward the Asia-Pacific. […]

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Panetta Orders Military Ethics Review

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is ordering a review of ethics training for military officers. In a memo to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey, Panetta said a string of ethical lapses by senior military officers had “the potential to erode public confidence in our leadership and in our system for the enforcement […]

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Panetta Gets Rare Tour of Chinese Naval Base

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was allowed a rare look inside a Chinese naval base on Thursday, as he finished up his three-day visit to China. Panetta toured a Chinese warship and a submarine at the headquarters of the Chinese navy’s North Sea Fleet in the eastern city of Qinqdao. He is the first Pentagon […]

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Panetta: US Not Trying to Contain China

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Chinese troops Wednesday that Washington’s new strategic military shift toward Asia is not meant to contain the rise of China. Panetta’s comments to young officers at a Chinese military academy in Beijing are one of Washington’s most direct statements yet about the intentions of its “pivot” toward the region. […]

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Panetta: US Not Trying to Contain China

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Chinese troops Wednesday that Washington’s new strategic military shift toward Asia is not meant to contain the rise of China. In a speech at a Chinese military academy, Panetta, who is on a week-long tour of Asia said the U.S. “pivot” toward the Pacific is an attempt to “engage […]

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Panetta Meets With China’s Leader-in-Waiting

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping has met with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in the first public meeting with a visiting foreign dignitary since his mysterious disappearance from public life. Xi appeared healthy and relaxed as he shook hands with Panetta and posed for photographs in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday. The […]

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Panetta: Deeper Military Ties Key to Enhancing Trust with China

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says deeper military ties between Washington and Beijing can help ease mutual suspicions and avoid miscalculations between the two world powers. Panetta made his comments Tuesday following a meeting in Beijing with his Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie. He also defended Washington’s increased involvement in Asia, saying that both countries can […]

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Netanyahu: Threats Not Convincing Iran to Stop Developing Nuclear Weapons

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says U.S. and Israeli warnings of a military strike have not convinced Iran that they are “serious about stopping” Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. “Right now the Iranian regime believes that the international community does not have the will to stop its nuclear program. This must change and it must […]

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Netanyahu: Threats not Convincing Iran to Stop Developing Nuclear Weapons

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu says U.S. and Israeli warnings of a military strike have not convinced Iran that they are “serious about stopping” Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. “Right now the Iranian regime believes that the international community does not have the will to stop its nuclear program. This must change and it must […]

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