Talking to media aboard a military plane the Pentagon chief said killing of Osama bin Laden helped set the terror network back.
”Having been involved in the operations, even before we did bin Laden, it’s clear that there is no kind of silver bullet here to suddenly being able to destroy al-Qaeda, and that includes even going after bin Laden,” he was quoted as saying.
Panetta said he was certain that America was safer as a result of the bin Laden operation.
He cautioned, however, that this did not mean that there was no longer a terrorism threat.
”It doesn’t mean that we somehow don’t have the responsibility to keep going after them wherever they are,” Panetta said.
He added, given the successes of the past, America was now more secure