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. hamsta

    We need to worry more about the liberal democrats and the occupy movement than we do al quada.they are bankrupting america with their socialistic welfare policies.maybe they should all just get a job.oh yeah i forgot obama destroyed millions of jobs and spent money we dont have like a psychotic wife with a shopping addiction.what you mean we are broke?i still have checks to write.we can sell all our miltary equipment and fire the soldiers.i can just print more money.its just paper.thats why we need to go back to the gold standard.these liberal democrats are destroying america faster than terrorists wish they could.

    April 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fred

    "The struggle for freedom and dignity has been formulated as a defense of autonomous man rather thana s a revision of the contingencies of reinforcement under which people live. A technology of behavior is available which would more successfully reduce averse consequences of behavior, proximate or deffered, and maximize the achievments of which the human organism is capable, but the defenders of freedom oppose its use".
    B.F. Skinner, Beyond Freedom and Dignity

    April 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. alternate punchline(s)

    ...The young physician continued to write his notes and w/o looking-up at his superior, said "No wonder her uterus fell out last time."

    April 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    @Fred...to what 'technology of behavior'?

    April 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fred

    A Utopia, or anti-"social Darwinism". Think about the emotional template laid down by millions of years of human existence before civilized societies.
    Social reinforcers rule our behavior, but it takes time for laws and religion to catch up.
    For example, the Mormon church did not allow black men to be part of clergy until 1974. By then the civil rights movement had cleared the path for change.
    Depends on what our society collectively labels as success.

    April 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    @Fred. Hmmm. I have a hard time believeing humans have existed for a million years and just started to keep records of it 5, 000 years ago. And there have just been wayyyyy too many 'Piltdown Mans' that turned out NOT to be a monkey man but rather just an severely arthritic man. And the faked "scientific" lab experiment where a spark met an organic soup that led to Congress approving theoretical evolution being taught in public schools...proven to be a hoax long after the damage was done.

    April 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fred

    4% of our DNA is Neanderthal. N and HS met about 35000 years ago. Civilization means control. And it is necessary.

    April 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    LOL. I was just recalling when I first came to realize that you can fit ALL of the physical evidence EVER found and used by scientists to prove evolution on your coffee table, one layer. example: much of the missing link is made-up of skeletal evidence, say, of a small portion of a lower jaw, part of a rib, and a skull fragment...a few tiny bones and they are able to tell us if it had hair? LOL. Talk about blind faith. Look how long they told us T-Rex was an apex predator! LOL. It's like the freaking greeks proving cyclops by the nasal opening in huge skulls. LMaO @evolution.

    April 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lucifer

    Philip, you mean like the online affair youve been having with that old washed up, crybaby, drunken tramp jazz?

    April 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fred

    No way an educated person such as you Philip would fall for whatever the most recent version of the fairytale is.

    April 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Fred, you got that right. I've been fooled by the best of them over the course of a long life spent mostly wondering the American southwest, but also Germany, England, France, Peru, Yemen, blah blah blah offshore. (worked in the oilpatch most of my life, kicked-the-bucket in 1996 over 16.50 per shot Jack Daniels staying at Hitlers fav Hotel, The FABULOUS Malerwinkle. (Lambach, overlooking The Bavarian Ocean) Heck. I've taken more women fooling me than the aspirin I have taken in my life. Literally. 🙂 I've seen a 'fred' around here before. You?

    April 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Observant

    Meaning that half of every post belongs to you? Really? And you are proud of that? And yet it is perfectly all right to make fun of everyone else's posts? I'm sorry, but bragging about how many posts you make while trashing some else's posts seems a little despotic, in my opinion. Microblogging? It seems as if being a blog hog doesn't hold many bragging rights, either. Try keeping a personal journal. That way, you have 100% of the entries.

    I found your posts interesting up until that point.

    Happy blogging!

    April 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fred

    Heh heh, traveled the world myself. Still fooled by the same woman. Will soon reside in southwest.

    April 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    (he he. It has been proven that among aspirins other amazing and growing list of goodnesses is this: Aspirin keeps you from crying. Tears are not only how our literal heart is cleansed, a sort-of weep hole for our blood pump, but also how our figurative heart is kept compassionate, moving our emotions in the good way, not the pharma way. Jesus wept tears of blood, they say. So pure and clean his heart kept. Gotta acheing heart aspirin?

    April 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Observant

    My first sentence was meant to read, half of all posts belong to you. It is a moot point; the original post has been deleted.

    April 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
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