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In our government we drive decisions either by leadership of by crises. If the leadership is not there, we rely on crises.




Leon Panetta, U. S. Congressman (Democrat, CA), Director, Office of Management and Budget, Secretary of Defense (Democrat), White House Chief of Staff, Director, CIA, U. S. Secretary of Defense, Quoted on NPR Fresh Air, July 31, 2012

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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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