US defence secretary's blunt statements

Analysts say Leon Panetta is well-versed in the art of sending the messages no one wants to deliver.

    Leon Panetta's first seven months as defence secretary have been filled with blunt statements - on the Middle East peace process, Iran and Afghanistan. 

    Analysts say he is well-versed in the art of sending the messages no one wants to say.

    Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan reports from Washington on whether Panetta's often forthright statements reflect the thoughts behind Washington's closed doors.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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