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Canada's national defense minister Peter Gordon MacKay, right, talks with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, at the start of a two-day NATO defense ministers meeting to discuss Syria and Afghanistan, at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
Photo by: Yves Logghe
Canada's national defense minister Peter Gordon MacKay, right, talks with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, at the start of a two-day NATO defense ministers meeting to discuss Syria and Afghanistan, at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

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