February 3rd, 2012
08:33 PM ET

Is Panetta saying too much?

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke publicly this week about some sensitive matters.  His comments have drawn reaction.  CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

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  1. Jamal

    The true identity of the Son of God is in the Book of Revelation 22: the Spirit and the Bride is a Tomboy, so Bush and the fake nazi Royal ailfmy can go and sing to the wind that they are direct descendent's from Christ, because Christ is the Spirit of a Women, not a physical male!

    April 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  2. Prakash

    tell them gilgamesh one world gnnvromeet means a a one world dictator , which means he wont care about people if they die. globalists is straight fom ther pitts of hell, ppl who think u have to have a 1 world or new world order is honestly a person who hasnt done their research and to stupid to think outside the box, when they want to chip and an everythingh else let the idiots go 1st and then we will have our guns and go down fighting

    April 4, 2012 at 4:13 am | Reply
  3. Bill

    Like any of this stuff is a big secret. Newspapers all over the globe have reported that the Israelis are planning and training to bomb Iran for months. Iranians know how to use the search box and watch TV. Now if he said something like, "The world would be a better place without Putin," that would be news.

    February 11, 2012 at 3:59 am | Reply
  4. Davehuckleberry

    When Panetta basically tells Iran>> "Hey make sure you are ready for a War with Israel between April & June" is totally pathetic. It would have been similar to telling Hitler when D-day was going to be so the Nazis could be better prepared.

    February 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  5. Irving Ceron

    I feel that Panetta is too honest for his own good, especially in a field like politics. He's revealing information "too early"? Since when does the govermenet have the right to keep things from us? Panetta embodies the American military spirit. Semper fi.

    February 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  6. figures

    Seems Pimentto has changed his tune, i thought he was against cutting the military budget in half?? Now he's going around telling everyone it's just peachy keen to cut the military by 50%!!!! Imagine that Secretary of defense happy to cut the military by 50%- what a warm and fuzzy feeling – the hands the we are in. Seems Pimento has been castrated by the Obama clan, as has relegated himself to tout his bosses mantra – regardless of how absurd and idiotic it is, the heck with what his role of Secretary of Defense is. Now he's going around telling the world what may happen in the middle east- like we are inept bystanders, instead of trying to do something to remedy the situation- WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP- too busy trying to take credit for Bush's leadership (which they were all against when bush was in office)? Amazing how nowbody is talking about this. The governement is asleep at the wheel- a bunch of leftists, with no intention of biting the bullet and leading.

    February 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  7. Monique

    Not to be cynical, but this is likely strategic. US may want Israel to take care of it, but by distancing themselves, they manage to look like they are frowning on it. I support Obama and find his strategy long-term is often ignored. Israel would in any case do what they like. Hard to walk that minefield.

    February 5, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • YouBetcha

      Yawn. Bush's fault..........The nasty Republicans' fault ....... Russia and China's fault...............It was only a matter of time before it was ISRAEL'S fault!!!!!!!! You Obama groupies are the worst kind of sycophants on the planet.

      You sure you're old enough to vote?? Obama wears big-boy pants now, dear!

      February 5, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Reply
      • Monique

        nice level of discourse there, YouBetcha.

        February 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  8. mipolitic

    ya where is the crystal ball of what the man said ??? cnn how about revaeling what he said or is this the way to take the heat off obamas weakness in the un and mid east. well i think the man said obama is weak

    February 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • Lord Haw Haw

      Time to change your Depends, old man.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:06 am | Reply
  9. Oleg

    I don't he is a good fit to be a minister of defense.

    February 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
    • YouBetcha

      Panetta isn't fit to run a bake sale. He's a mouth on legs. But O'B won't sack him – that would mean making a decision and seeing it through!

      February 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
      • Lenni

        Think OB can't make a decision and see it through? Just ask UBL what he thinks. Oh wait, I forgot, OB knocked him off by making a decision and seeing it through.

        April 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  10. Roy Cohn

    I hope that this gallant man, Assad, is allowed to get away scott free.

    Fuck you all.

    February 4, 2012 at 1:17 am | Reply
    • Sodoff Wanker

      No no – FUCK YOU asshole.

      February 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
      • Yonca

        Posted on Your are not worthless. You mean the world to eoosmne. You just need to find out who. And don't ever try to take your life ever you are loved by more people than you think.

        April 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • mac58

      I think Obama ought to fire Panetta. His hog nosed mouth just may have started a hole new revival of hate for Israel for the Arab world and us. PLEASE MR.PRESIDENT FIRE HIM.

      February 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Reply
      • Julian Eckart

        mac58, why don' t you SHUT UP. If you love Israel SO MUCH why don't you move there. Frankly I am sick and tired of fighting for these warmongers! Let them fight their own fight FOR ONCE!

        February 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
      • DarkStar

        He's not going to fire Panetta. Panetta is doing Obama's bidding. Obama is the one that needs to be fired first.

        February 4, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • LiveFreeOrDie

      Roy, DarkStar, Julian - You represent the most ignorant segment of the United States electorate. It's unfortunate you twats get the right to vote when you have such a poor understanding of politics, economics, and international diplomacy.

      February 5, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
  11. Scott

    Assad's bloody reign of terror is leading to a civil war that Assad cannot win. The rest of world is simply waiting for the opposition to take up arms and ask for aid. Assad is not smart. He does not understand the Russian position. Russia is saying that it is up to Syria to decide how it rules itself for better or for worse.

    February 4, 2012 at 12:06 am | Reply
  12. mipolitic

    wow , i wonder what is going on, along with the rest of the world ? defense sec panetta seems to have repeated statements from the white house and than it changed so panetta did the best he could do i guess. when i watch syria i see this with the pres obama dealings in the un. russia is running the show to me , wow what about all the killing and suffering and obama does not stand up to russia but keeps making excuses why they cannot work it out, i bet assad goes free. come on obama at least bring assad to justice.

    February 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • YouBetcha

      You actually make a lot of sense. But Obama will never stand up to another BIG country's leader. He's really at his best bullying small countries isn't he?. As for making difficult decisions..........don't hold your breath!

      February 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Reply
      • Yonatan

        If you're in California, your frost date might fall BEFORE the color groups. I am wkniorg on coming up with a system for folks like you. It may not roll out until fall, or at the latest next spring.

        April 7, 2012 at 1:13 am |

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