Panetta Kept Dog By His Side When Discussing Taking Out Bin Laden
2:55 PM, Jan 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta kept his pet dog by his side when he discussed details taking out Osama bin Laden at his CIA office.
"Bravo was in the room when we were talking about the bin Laden operation at the CIA," Panetta says in an Esquire interview. "I remember going through that whole thing with him sitting by me. And the ability to put my hand on his head and feel his presence just kinda made me feel Okay, this is an important issue and it's a big issue, but in many ways it's about whether or not we are able to protect the quality of life that we enjoy, and having a dog there just makes you a little more aware of what life is really about."
Bin Laden, who was then the world's most wanted terrorist, was killed by Navy SEALs in Pakistan in May 2011.