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What a Defense Secretary Does
Weekly Standard, by Dan Senor

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Posted By:StormCnter, 2/24/2013 5:56:41 AM

In September 1993, Secretary of Defense Les Aspin received a request from the U.S. commander in Somalia for extra tanks, armored vehicles, and AC-130 Spectre gunships to support U.S. operations in Mogadishu. Aspin refused the request. The White House was not involved in the decision. Days later, 18 U.S. soldiers were killed in Mogadishu, some 84 were wounded, two U.S. choppers were shot down, and one pilot was captured. Aspin, who later conceded he had erred in denying the commander’s request, appeared weak when responding to detailed questions during a congressional hearing. His resignation followed

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JAN, 2/24/2013 8:51:07 AM     (No. 9193285)

Panetta lies, spends half the week in California on his walnut ranch, spins for el presidente, and generally accomplishes nothing.

Our drones just happen to fall out of the sky in enemy territor and he stands silently by when his boss sleeps thr the Benghazzi murders.

Did I miss anything.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: LouD, 2/24/2013 9:51:54 AM     (No. 9193391)

Yes, #1. You didn´t state the fact that the president is responsible, despite what the article says, because the prez is the one who picks the Secretary of Defense. So Zero is ultimately responsible for Panetta´s foibles, Just as Clinton was for Aspin´s. This president only takes responsibility/credit when an operation turns out successful.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 2/24/2013 10:02:57 AM     (No. 9193409)

Has anyone ever found out where Panetta´s walnuts go when they are harvested? I would sure like to avoid buying any. I don´t willingly support traitors.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: franq, 2/24/2013 7:23:15 PM     (No. 9194068)

I always suspected Panetta was nuts. Now it comes out.

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