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Panetta’s Duty

Jun 20, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 38 • By JAMIE M. FLY and WILLIAM KRISTOL
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For when Panetta takes the oath as our 23rd secretary of defense, he won’t swear to support and defend his president or his former colleagues in Congress. He’ll swear that he’ll “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and that he “will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office.” That means protecting defense.

—Jamie M. Fly & William Kristol

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