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Obama to name Panetta Defense Secretary, Petraeus to lead CIA: report

President Barack Obama was expected to announce that he’s appointing Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta to lead the Department of Defense, and Gen. David Petraeus, who currently leads the Afghan occupation, to replace him. News of the major shift in the administration comes from unnamed sources close to the…

US refuses to return to frontline in Libya

BERLIN — The United States resisted pressure Thursday to return its warplanes to the frontline in Libya even as NATO vowed to keep bombing Moamer Kadhafi’s forces and pressed the strongman to quit. As NATO foreign ministers meeting in Berlin struggled to heal a rift over the mission, rebels said…

Rumsfeld: Leaving Gaddafi in power will ‘embolden’ America’s enemies

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Sunday that the reputation of the United States would be damaged if Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is allowed to remain in power. “My personal view is that once you’re involved, you have to recognize that the prestige of the United States is at…

Kadhafi insiders talk exit options: Clinton to ABC

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s associates have been reaching out to their contacts worldwide to see how they can “get out of this,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told ABC News Tuesday. “We’ve heard about … people close to him reaching out to people that they know…

British defense minister admits that Gaddafi may be killed by air strikes

Even though an assassination was not authorized in the United Nations’ sanctioning of a no-fly zone over Libya, the British defense minister said Monday that Col. Muammar Gaddafi may end up the victim of a coalition missile anyway. “Mission accomplished would mean the Libyan people free to control their own…

Iran contacting Arab opposition movements: Clinton

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that Iran is directly or indirectly communicating with opposition groups in Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen in a bid to shape events there. It was the first time that Clinton detailed alleged efforts by Iran to meddle in the three-month wave…

Prospects for Closing Gitmo ‘very, very low’: Gates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday that prospects for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp were “very, very low” given broad opposition in Congress. President Barack Obama has so far not been able to meet his promise to close Guantanamo, but the White House said this…

Clinton renews call for Internet freedom

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton renewed her call for Internet freedom on Tuesday, saying countries that suppress online activity risk a public backlash like in Egypt and Tunisia. Clinton, in a speech at George Washington University here, also said the publication of secret US diplomatic cables by…

Why can’t the US legalize drugs? There’s ‘too much money in it,’ Clinton says

In what will likely be seen as something of a Freudian slip by the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said recently in a Mexican news interview that the United States cannot legalize drugs as a means of fighting the black market because “there is just too much money in…

US officials flock to appear on Al Jazeera

What a difference a revolution can make. Members of the Obama administration are flocking to appear on Al Jazeera, one of the most influential media sources in the Arab world. US officials are desperate to have their spin of events in the Middle East included as millions tune in to…

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