The dog with all the secrets
February 8th, 2013
08:04 PM ET
10 years ago

The dog with all the secrets

(CNN) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta isn't known for his stand up comedy.

But he clearly loves his dog.

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The outgoing Cabinet secretary left his family at home in California but brought his golden retriever with him when he moved to Washington. As Panetta prepares to leave his post and return home, he offered some kind words for his dog, Bravo.

"Bravo was in all of the meetings when we planned the (Osama) bin Laden operation and he also sat in on many of the sensitive meetings and discussions that I had at the Pentagon," Panetta said at a farewell ceremony on Friday.

"I want you to know that he has never told a soul what he heard," Panetta deadpanned. "He is definitely not a leaker – at least according to that definition of the word."

Bravo has indeed been known to sit in on important meetings with top military leaders, and has led to jokes that he is the Pentagon's “Top Dog” and holds the highest security clearance.

But does Bravo aspire to the silver screen?

"You’ve heard of the movie ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ Panetta said. "The producer is seriously considering a new movie about Bravo entitled ‘Zero Bark Thirty.’”

If Bravo does aspire to a starring role, Panetta may have a hard time, well, muzzling him.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. HenryMiller

    Bravo is probably a surgically modified North Korean with a secret transmitter in his dog house.

    February 9, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Goldens are some of the best dogs and that face!!! 🙂

    February 9, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. Roscoe Chait

    When is Bravo's book coming out? It will be the most truthful story in Washington, and an amazing tail... er, tale.

    February 9, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  4. Middle O' the Road

    UH-OH!!! I think Bravo might really be Duke, the talking dog from the Bushes Baked Beans commercials!!!
    I smell a scandal brewing...

    February 9, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. fernace

    Honest, loyal, trustworthy.....humans (especially politicians) can never aspire to the dignity of mans best friend! BRAVO, Bravo!!

    February 9, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    @Roscoe Chait: Cute post! And good idea: the proceeds from the book could go to the Canine Companions for Independence organization, which provides service dogs for free to the disabled, including wounded veterans.

    Other good organizations include the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps disabled vets, or the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which serves the injured coming back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    February 9, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Emilio

    All we need is a good animal psychic and our state secrets will be known to all!

    February 9, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. fernace

    Rhu-Rho, Middle O' the Road, a partisan rumor has it that he may have been sighted coming out of that under-cover "hippie van"!!

    February 9, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    I like Panetta - and if you'e a man that likes your dog much - you're a good man. I'm sad that Panetta is leaving...

    February 9, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    While this nation is reeling hyper unemployment–this nasty jokes. Fix unemployment and tighten immigration into this nation. No fooling.

    February 9, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Hawk

    Gurgyl, just how does the Secretary of Defense "fix" unemployment? Lobby for another war? Perhaps you need to understand what Cabinet positions are, and what the job of Secretary is.

    February 9, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Betty

    GET THAT DOG! Make him talk, err, or bark. Maybe need some code breakers. Good deal though, I love animals.

    February 9, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. jiddings

    Gurgyl – lighten up.

    Besides, what does the Secretary of Defense have to do with unemployment and immigration?

    February 9, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. ronjayaz

    Better to love people than dogs.

    February 10, 2013 01:55 am at 1:55 am |