April 28th, 2012
01:41 AM ET

Panetta: 'No kind of silver bullet' to destroy al Qaeda

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said there is no question that the United States is safer with Osama bin Laden, the architect of al Qaeda, dead, though he said there is no way to completely destroy the network.

Panetta's assessment came just days before the one-year anniversary of the U.S. commando raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that ended a manhunt for the al Qaeda founder that began following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

"Having been involved in operations even before bin Laden, it was clear that there is no kind of silver bullet here to suddenly be able to destroy al Qaeda and that includes going after bin Laden," Panetta told reporters Friday after a meeting with defense counterparts in South America.

"The way this works is that the more successful we are in taking down those that represent their spiritual and ideological leadership, the greater our ability to weaken their threat to this country."

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security last week warned of the possibility of terrorist attacks leading up to and after the anniversary of the May 2, 2011, killing of bin Laden. There is no specific, credible terror threat, the agencies said.

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  1. saywhat

    Which country did attack America precisely & which country did Bush invade in retaliation, pray tell us? Was it Iraq, Afghanistan,Pakistan , Iran ?
    What has the wars Bush started got us in return? A decade on? Thousands of American lives lost, tens of thousands of civilians killed, trillions of dollars spent & counting?
    Countries like China,India,Iran & Russia benefiting from our follies. What geo-politicals goals did we achieve?

    April 30, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      He will not answer you, either.
      That question doesn't have the name 'Obama' in it.

      April 30, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    A silver bullet may not work, but a bar of soap would.

    April 30, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      @Jeff Frank: lol.......

      April 30, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    If our political leadership wakes up to reality now, we may yet avert another disaster.
    Today the ex-Israeli PM Olmert took up the cudgels against Netanyahu regime for his stance on Iran, joining the Army Chief, chiefs of the spy agencies, international community and others in Israel who have been deriding his policies.
    Even now if those in our Congress & establishment stand by Netanyahu's side & against America's interest & push us into another war. The American public would share the responsibility for letting this happen.

    April 30, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I will ask this "simple minded question" one last time.

    Bush had more than one chance to get OBL.
    He didn't.
    Ask yourself why, and leave Obama out of your equations while you're mulling that question over.

    I will even explain further: he has several chances to capture/kill/whatever OBL.
    Why didn't he?
    Timelines ending the war had nothing to do with it.

    April 30, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. hamsta

    Who attacked who?you called me a snarky smart a?? and didnt even take the consideration to change the spelling so the automated computer doesnt delete your simple minded question that i already answered.something else you where wrong about.what else are you going to put a spin on,little misscant be wrong?

    April 30, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I said that I will not have a conversation with you if you are going to start with the snarky comments.
      IYou didn't answer the question I put to you.

      Why didn't Bush capture OBL when ha had a chance to?
      He refused to.
      If it is so simple, please tell answer me.
      Saying things like "miss cantbe wrong" isn't answering the question.
      I can be wrong, I frequently am; but you STILL haven't answer the question I put forth to you.

      April 30, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. hamsta

    yes i answered your question,you just dont recognize it because it wasnt the answer you want.i will accept your apology for attacking me with your profanity laced insult.

    April 30, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      You are making me laugh so hard, it's unbelievable.
      I used no profanity.
      You seem to have no problem re-typing that you answered it; just re-type the actual answer.
      Diversionary tactics do not work.

      April 30, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Yeah, okay

      dude, if you don't knpw the answer, quit lying about it and say so.i didn't see you answer it anywhere.

      April 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hamsta

    America took obama out of the eqtation when congress and the generals refused to close gitmo and continued to use waterboarding.it was bush who gave order to get bin laden almost 11 years ago.if obama had his way we would have pulled the troops out in early 09 declared the war lost and sing koobya.now go tell my brother he fought a useless war.i hope he urinates on you and all the other liberal dumbocrats.

    April 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      Oh for chrissake.
      Twice did the Talibans offered to hand over Osama to us & Bush refused out rightly. That would have saved us American lives & treasure.

      April 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Sorry for the typo folks. Read that as 'offer'.

    April 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hamsta

    As i told you before i already answered your simple minded question.to accuse me of using diversion tactics was wrong and came from a guilty conscience.maybe someone needs to read crackreality.com and tell banasy that her manipulative behavior of attacking me then playing the innocent role while rallying people to gang up on me mimics the behavior of a drug addict.

    April 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      You have not answered the question.
      You have SAID you answered it, you did not.
      Saying you did isn't the same thing; you didn't.

      There you go again with the assumptions that have no basis in reality.
      To quote saywhat:
      "Twice did the Talibans offered to hand over Osama to us & Bush refused out rightly."

      Again, hamsta, why did he refuse?
      Answer the question.

      April 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      You don't know.
      Okay, fair enough.
      Nice chatting with you, hamsta.

      April 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Ah yes, the old guilty conscience and drug addict ploy. You don't know, so you try to imply that someone is this or that. Just answer the question, or stop posting your rants.

      April 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hamsta

    Dont know where you get your info from but the taliban nor pakistan ever offered to turn over bin laden.maybe bush had a chance to get him but he slipped away while the marines were waiting on this confirm to kill.that is a policy put in place by liberal politicians long ago.clinton to had the chance to get him but chose not to.i have answered your question but you keep spinning the question elsewhere.now go back to that lame conspiracy site 911truth.org and throw some more lies at me.

    April 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I asked you a simple question.
      I haven't lied to you.
      Now you answered it, somewhat.
      Thank you for that.

      April 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Oh, and just for the record, that site IS lame...and I've said that before.
      You may not have been on the myriad of times that I've said it.
      Guess what, hamsta?
      I've had family and friends perish on 9/11.
      Don't even speak to me about those absurd theories.

      April 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hamsta

    you act like you are the only person to lose loved ones on 9/11.so did i and on top of that you insult my brother and every other veteran who fought for your right to say the fought a useless war.i hope they all spit on you.

    April 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hamsta

    As a matter of fact my brother and all of his military buddies say their effort will be completely wasted by withdrawing troops.

    April 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I was just giving you a little backround information about where I was coming from, as you share information about yourself.
      I know there are many, many, many families who share my grief.
      I am not hostile to them.
      Why are you so defensive?

      April 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Again with the insults?
    Again with the attacks?

    April 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hamsta

    because you called it a useless war and if this war is useless so was ww2.alot of similarities to ww2.in both wars we were attacked and ended up fighting someone totally unrelated.saying we had no business in iraq is the same as saying we had no business invading germany.to bad we didnt use ww2 strategy.we have a bunch of wimps running the show today.we didnt allow hindu temples at pearl harbor.we didnt treat the enemy with political correctness in ww2.ww2 also happens to be the last war we won and it didnt take 11 years.i wonder why that is?could it be that we shot first and asked questions later?

    April 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Hamsta, whatever I think of war, whether I agree with you or not, attacking a person for having a difference of opinion is not going to sway opinion towards agreeing with you.
      It just created hostility and deflects from any point you are trying to make.
      if everyone agreed about everything, we wouldn't have any conflict, nor would we be human...

      April 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
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