Tonight on OutFront, CNN’s Erin Burnett sat down exclusively with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Kabul, Afghanistan to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, the readiness of the Afghan military to take over after the United States leaves, and defeating Qaeda’s in Afghanistan, Somalia and Mali.
On Mali, asked if the United States would intervene, Panetta said "We've got to go after al Qaeda, wherever the hell they're at, and make sure they find no place to hide.” He went on to add, “let's not forget, the main goal of al Qaeda is to attack the United States and we're not going to allow that to happen again. And if we're not going to allow it to happen, we've got to go after them in Yemen, in Somalia and yes, in Mali if necessary.”
Tomorrow night on OutFront, more of Erin Burnett's interview with Secretary Leon Panetta where they discuss a number of issues including the impact of more than a trillion dollars in defense cuts set for the end of the year, Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapon and the General Petraeus affair.
Erin Burnett talks to CNN.com Thursday about what she's seeing on the ground in Afghanistan and about her exclusive interview with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
CNN.com: You talked with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday. What's he saying about the war effort? Has the U.S. accomplished its mission?
Erin Burnett: Panetta points out the success in bringing down key members of core al Qaeda, and he believes he has made real progress on fighting al Qaeda and terrorism in Afghanistan. But he acknowledges that insurgents are still a problem, and he acknowledges that al Qaeda and terrorists have now spread and they're in other places. He specifically mentioned to me Yemen, Somalia and Mali. And he still thinks that al Qaeda is the single biggest threat to the American homeland. FULL POST
Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle talked with CNN's Dana Bash about the lessons learned from years of Congressional negotiation. For a transcript please visit http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html
As fiscal cliff talks continue, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle sat down today with CNN senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash to discuss the deal making process and what advice they may have for current leaders during this pivotal negotiating process. Portions of this interview will air today on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET. Highlights from the interview are below. FULL POST
Network Also Renews Contracts With Airports In 3 Major Cities
CNN Airport Network, the nation’s prominent source for on-the-go news and entertainment in the airport industry, is now available in 50 major airports across the country, reaching an audience of over 263 million passengers each year, after signing its most recent carriage deal with the Spokane International Airport (GEG) in Washington. CNN Airport Network has also renewed contracts for continued service in three major cities, including the Memphis International Airport (MEM), Miami International Airport (MIA), and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). The announcement was made by Debbie Cooper, President of CNN Airport Network.
“CNN Airport Network has been a valued brand for over 21 years, and our dedication to providing a quality service that enhances the travelers experience resonates with our engaged audience,” said Cooper. “The network has proved itself to be the most trusted source for information and news for over two decades, and our consistent growth shows our strength in the marketplace and as a leader in the airport entertainment space.” FULL POST
Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that Republicans are trying to solve the debt and deficit and “not trying to solve the fiscal cliff.”
Rep. Lankford says, “We’re not trying to solve the fiscal cliff. We’re trying to solve the debt and deficit. That’s the bigger issue. The President’s proposal was let’s raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, which raises about $80 billion. Well, that still leaves us $920 billion to go to get through this deficit. So, the President’s proposal is not serious to actually solve the problem.”
Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.