June 21, 2011 |
Leon Panetta was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday as secretary of Defense, taking the helm at the Pentagon as President Obama's national security policy reaches a pivotal juncture amid growing discontent in Congress over expansive overseas military operations at a time of stark budget deficits. Panetta, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will replace Robert M. Gates, who is retiring after serving in two administrations, as the White House overhauls its national security team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1997
Although Leon Panetta has not yet announced he will run for governor ("Panetta Decries Big-Money Campaigns," March 19), California voters should be wary of anyone who suggests that "the initiative process perhaps should be changed so that measures would not go on the ballot until they first had been reviewed by the governor and the Legislature." Is there a hidden agenda here? He might as well state outright he doesn't believe we are capable of enacting or denying initiatives for ourselves, however controversial they may be to our politicians.
February 13, 2009 |
The Senate confirmed Leon E. Panetta as director of the CIA on Thursday, placing the spy agency in the hands of a government veteran valued for his skills as a lawmaker and policy manager rather than an expert at intelligence-gathering and analysis. Approval came by voice vote.
January 7, 2009 |
When it comes to selecting the country's head spook, our presidents have a pretty hit-and-miss history. That's why President-elect Barack Obama should ignore the sudden hysteria over his choice for director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Despite what some congressional critics are saying, there's every reason to believe former California congressman Leon Panetta will do as well or better than most of his predecessors. The ranking members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, including Sen.
September 1, 2011 |
Shortly after Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta took office July 1, he boarded a U.S. Air Force jet and flew home to California for a three-day weekend. He has flown home five weekends since then and has spent part of a two-week vacation there. Aides say that unless he is required to stay in Washington or travel elsewhere, Panetta will spend most weekends and days off at his 12-acre walnut farm in scenic Carmel Valley, where he and his wife, Sylvia, make their home. It is common for members of Congress to fly back to their districts every weekend or so, and Panetta did so when he represented Monterey in the House from 1977 to 1993, and as CIA director, his first job in the Obama administration.
September 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta attended a remembrance ceremony in the Pentagon's center courtyard Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. “Even as we mark 11 years since that horrible day, we know it will be forever engrained in our souls, in our hearts, as members of the Pentagon family, and as Americans,” Panetta said, paying tribute to the 184 people who lost their lives at the Pentagon that morning. “They had done nothing, nothing to deserve such a cruel fate.