Leon Panetta

(Leon Edward Panetta)

Leon Panetta
Leon Panetta
  • Born: June 28, 1938
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant









Leon Edward Panetta is an American politician who has served in several different public office positions, including the Secretary of Defense, Director of the CIA, White House Chief of Staff, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and as a U.S. Representative from California. A Democrat, Panetta was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993, served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1993 to 1994, and as President Bill Clinton's Chief of Staff from 1994 to 1997. He co-founded the Panetta Institute for Public Policy and served as a Distinguished Scholar to Chancellor Charles B. Reed of the California State University System and as a professor of public policy at Santa Clara University.

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Any staff that works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is bound to get burned out. Management & Managing Government
As a President, you need to have someone around you who can tell you that you are wrong. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Having principles is important, but you don’t want to walk off a cliff with your principles. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I don’t have a problem going after people who want to attack this country War & Peace
If you are going to vote against your administration, vote and get the hell out of there Legislating & Legislative Process
In our government we drive decisions either by leadership of by crises. If the leadership is not there, we rely on crises. Management & Managing Government
Politics is about wanting to be loved. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault....The direction is to go in and get Bin Ladin and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McCraven at approximately 10:45 AM. Terrorism
The next Pearl Harbor could very well be a cyberattack. War & Peace
The people in the intellegence agencies are good people, neitehr Dempocrats or Republicans. They put their life on the line, and the last theing that they need is for the President to question their patriotism and loyalty to him.
The Republicans, specifically those of the House of Representatives, are responsible for undermining the confidence of the public that Government can help people. Liberals & Conservatives
We have an obligation to go after Al Qaeda wherever they are. Terrorism
When you are Commander in Chief, you should keep all your options on the table. Military & Veterans ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
After every major conflict - World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the fall of the Soviet Union - what happened was that we ultimately hollowed out the force, largely by doing deep across-the-board cuts. War & Peace
Al Qaeda still remains a threat.
An aggressor nation or extremist group could gain control of critical switches and derail passenger trains, or trains loaded with lethal chemicals.
China is a major power in the Pacific and I think we are dealing with some common threats in that region: the whole issue of Korea and the stability of Korea, the whole issue of nuclear proliferation, the whole issue of providing free access to our ships that are operating in that area. Power
Companies should be able to share specific threat information with the government without the prospect of lawsuits hanging over their head. Government
Frankly, my fundamental beliefs have not changed.
Go forward, knowing that you are greater than the challenges of your time. Time
I don't engage in hypotheticals.
I don't think I should penalize people who were doing their duty.
I don't think there's any question that America is safer as a result of the bin Laden operation.
I don't usually comment on columnists' ideas of what I'm thinking. That's a dangerous game to get into.
I know that young people sometimes, caught up in the moment, make some very foolish decisions.
I mean, the Taliban, my view is that they have been weakened.
I mean, the Taliban, my view is that they have been weakened. We have not seen them able to conduct any kind of organized attack to regain any territory that they've lost. We've seen levels of violence going down.
I suddenly realized at the CIA that I had to make life-and-death decisions about people.
I think soon after I became director of the CIA - President Obama pulled me into the Oval Office and said: 'Look, I just want you to know that your top priority is to go after Osama bin Laden.'
I think the primary message to the world is that the United States is going to remain the strongest military power in the world. Power
I think what both Republicans and Democrats need to do and the leaders on both sides is to recognize that if sequester takes place, it would be disastrous for our national defense and very frankly for a lot of very important domestic programs. They have a responsibility to come together, find the money necessary to de-trigger sequester. Money, Coins & Minting
If the Iraqis fail to implement the reforms, if they fail to get a handle on the violence, there's nothing the United States can do, militarily or otherwise, that can solve those problems. They have to assume the primary responsibility to govern themselves.
If you're a terrorist, you're a terrorist.
I'm going to give people the benefit of the doubt.
I'm not big on commissions.
In this century, the 21st century, the U.S. recognizes our prosperity and our security depends even more on the Asia-Pacific region.
Iran is isolating itself from the rest of the world.
Iran's continued drive to develop nuclear capabilities, including troubling enrichment activities and past work on weaponization documented by the IAEA, and its continued support to groups like Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist organizations make clear that the regime in Tehran is a very grave threat to all of us. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It doesn't make a lot of sense for us to borrow money from the Chinese to go give to another country for humanitarian aid. We ought to get the Chinese to take care of the people. Money, Coins & Minting
My whole life has been dedicated to public service. Life
One demonstration of extremists, any more than a Ku Klux Klan demonstration in the United States, is not necessarily reflective of what the rest of the country feels.
Rather than undermining the Palestinian Authority, it is in Israel's interests to strengthen it by... continuing to transfer Palestinian tax revenues and pursuing other avenues of cooperation.
Red lines are kind of political arguments that are used to try to put people in a corner.
Rising sea levels, severe draughts, the melting of the polar caps, the more frequent and devastating natural disasters all raise demand for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
The area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national security.
The fundamental premise is that neither the United States or the international community is going to allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.
The last thing I want to do is to make the mistakes of the past.
The Taliban is resilient.
The United States has to have the capability to deal with more than one enemy at one time and be able to confront them and win. Time
The United States is going to defend itself under any circumstances.
The United States was attacked on 9/11/12, and we know who attacked us.
The United States will do whatever we have to do to protect our forces.
The United States, and the president's made this clear, does not want Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. That's a red line for us. And it's a red line obviously for the Israelis so we share a common goal here.
There's no question that the main location of Al Qaida is in tribal areas of Pakistan.
These days, it takes only seconds - seconds - for a picture, a photo, to suddenly become an international headline.
Throughout the 40 years I've been in Washington, I've always worked hard, particularly with regards to the budget issues.
Today, I think the attitude is that governing is not necessarily good politics, and the result is that it's much more partisan and much more divided. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Unfortunately these days, there is a hell of a lot that keeps me awake.
We either believe in the dignity of the individual, the rule of law, and the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, or we don't. There is no middle ground.
Well look, CIA is an agency that has to collect intelligence, do operations. We have to take risks and it's important that we take risks and that we know that we have the support of the government and we have the support of the American people in what we're doing. Government
Well, the United States is a Pacific power. And we have always had a presence in the Pacific. Power
Well, you know, any defense force worth its salt has to be able to deal with uncertainty, has to be able to deal with events that we may not have planned for.
When you cut a half-a-trillion dollars from the defense budget, it affects almost every area in the defense budget.
When you're smaller and leaner, you're not going to have that large a presence throughout the world.
Whenever I had to make a difficult decision as a Congressman, I thoud think about the average citisen in my Congressional districr and how he would advise me if he knew everythign I knew about the issue. Policy & Policy Making ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Winning in Afghanistan is having a country that is stable enough to ensure that there is no safe haven for Al Qaida or for a militant Taliban that welcomes Al Qaida. That's really the measure of success for the United States. Success
You don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on.
You know, as director of the CIA, I got an awful lot of intelligence about all the horrible things that could go on across the world.
You know, one thing I've learned over 40 years is that when you have jobs in Washington, you do it day by day and that's what I'm doing as secretary of defense.