Most likely White House security leaks put Americans abroad at risk, admiral says
Special Operations Command Admiral William McRaven addresses a wealth of topics at forum
In a wide ranging discussion, his longest since the killing of al-Qaeda
leader Osama bin Laden last year, Special Operations Command Admiral
William McRaven says that national security leaks have put lives at risk
and may ultimately cost Americans their lives unless there is an
Special Operations Command Admiral William McRaven told the annual conference that President Obama was a 'fantastic' commander in chief. The forum brings together the nation's top minds on national security.
McRaven told the annual conference that President Obama was a "fantastic" commander in chief. The forum brings together the nation's top minds on national security.
He also found time to praise former CIA Director and current Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who he said was not concerned on who would get the credit if the mission was a success.
The Admiral also expressed a sense of trust with the Afghans in Afghanistan that they work with, suggesting that U.S. forces may be in harm's way beyond the administration's stated goal. "I'm not sure all U.S. troops will be out by 2014," McRaven said.
With the recent series of deadly bombings in Iraq, McRaven said Al Qaeda in Iraq, also known as AQI is a problem. He suggested that the terrorist network maintains the ability to reconstitute. The Admiral also pointed out that the number of al-Qaeda members in Afghanistan, which is in the hundreds, is dwarfed by the terrorist group's ranks in Yemen and Somalia.
McRaven offered few details about the Osama bin Laden raid, which was a classified operation, McRaven did say that some members of Seal Team 6 spoke a second language, explaining that the "average operator" was 34 years old, married with two children.
McRaven defined the ideal Navy Seal as one who can think on their feet, can react quickly and has the life experience and maturity need for the challenging position.
Moderated by CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the Admiral admitted that he had majored in journalism before settling on a career in the Navy. At the end of the 75-minute discussion, Blitzer asked the Admiral if he had given up his ambitions to be a journalist. The Admiral said without hesitation - "absolutely."
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