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  • Military Update: Joint Chiefs divide over cuts to commissary savings

    05/10/2014 7:00:48 AM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | TOM PHILPOT
    All seven members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified Tuesday on the need to slow growth in military compensation and apply dollars saved to underfunded readiness accounts for training, equipment and spare parts. But their united front for easing current budget burdens cracked over the notion of slashing savings for commissary shoppers. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos called the proposal to cut commissary appropriations from $1.4 billion yearly down to $400 million within three years, and the cut in average shopper savings from 30 percent down to 10 percent, “a sore point for me.” “That’s a 66 percent...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 7 July 2013

    07/07/2013 5:14:36 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 233 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 7 July 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows July 7th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Egyptian reform leader Mohammed ElBaradei; Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.; Janet Murguia, president and CEO, National Council of La Raza; Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.THIS WEEK (ABC): President George W. Bush and Laura Bush; Egypt's ambassador to the United States, Mohamed...
  • Justice Dept. targets general in leak probe

    06/27/2013 7:33:23 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 27, 2013 | By Greg Miller, Sari Horwitz
    A retired four-star Marine Corps general who served as the nation’s second-ranking military officer is a target of a Justice Department investigation into a leak of information about a covert U.S.-Israeli cyberattack on Iran’s nuclear program, a senior Obama administration official said. Retired Gen. James E. “Hoss” Cartwright served as deputy chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was part of President Obama’s inner circle on a range of critical national security issues before he retired in 2011. The administration official said that Cartwright is suspected of revealing information about a highly classified effort to use a computer virus...
  • The war on 18-year-old girls (women in combat, draft registration)

    03/04/2013 8:57:32 PM PST · by Perseverando · 34 replies
    WND ^ | March 4, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The real war against women is the announced plan of the Obama administration, using outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as the fall guy, to assign women for the first time in American history to fight our nation’s enemies in military ground combat. That’s real war, with real guns, real bullets and real deaths. This war doesn’t involve only women who have volunteered to serve in our military. It’s a real war against all 18-year-old American girls, because for the first time in our nation’s history they will be required to sign up for the draft and be ready for...
  • Military brass marching to Obama’s beat [Benedict Arnold(s)?]

    03/01/2013 8:15:13 PM PST · by Perseverando · 66 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 28, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    The military leadership is proving to be a solid ally of President Obama in political Washington, adopting his social revolution and willing to serve as backdrops to the White House's campaign-style drive to win the budget battle with Republicans. The armed forces have launched an unrelenting lobbying effort on Capitol Hill with a flood of briefing charts to defense staffers. They show the damage that automatic budget cuts called "sequestration" would do to the troops -- and to jobs in congressional districts. The charts coincide with the White House push to blame congressional Republicans for the spending cuts, which begin...
  • Joint Chiefs Chairman: ‘We Can Figure Out Privacy’ for Young Ladies in Frontline Combat,

    01/26/2013 9:26:55 AM PST · by chessplayer · 139 replies
    (CNSNews.com) - Gen. Martin Dempsey, President Obama’s chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Thursday that the U.S. military could figure out ways to preserve the privacy of young ladies serving in frontline combat units, including special forces combat units such as the Navy Seals and the U.S. Army’s Delta Force.
  • Pentagon Peacocks

    12/05/2012 4:56:05 PM PST · by Sioux-san · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/05/2012 | G. Murphy Donovan
    The Davis Petraeus saga is another urban legend; a myth about a great man felled by a single flaw or indiscretion. The truth is that Petraeus is a bit player in a larger, uglier drama, the political corruption the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and that exclusive four star glut that sits atop the military. And the rot didn't start with Petraeus. Recall Army Chief-of-Staff George Casey taking to the airways to rationalize the Fort Hood Islamist massacre in 2009. Somehow "diversity" and Muslim sensitivities were more important than twin dangers of domestic sedition or troop safety on American bases....
  • Gates, Mullen to testify on 'Don't ask, don't tell'

    01/28/2010 4:38:32 PM PST · by kingattax · 11 replies · 644+ views
    The Hill ^ | 01/28/10 | Roxana Tiron
    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen will testify next week on the repeal of a controversial law preventing openly gay people from serving in the military. The Senate Armed Services Committee announced Thursday that Gates and Mullen will testify Tuesday on repealing the 1993 law, commonly known “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” President Barack Obama on Wednesday renewed his commitment to repeal the law, but supporters say the real test will come this spring with the Pentagon budget.
  • Women 'Soon' Will Serve on Submarines, Navy Secretary Says

    10/07/2009 5:15:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 159 replies · 2,652+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2009 – Navy Secretary Ray Mabus yesterday said women soon will serve on submarines, suggesting a reversal of the long-standing ban by the Navy. Appearing on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Mabus signaled that the Navy is moving closer to allowing coed personnel on submarines. “It will take a little while because you’ve got to interview people and you’ve got to be nuclear trained,” he said, referring to prerequisite steps before a sailor is assigned to a submarine. Officials previously have cited a lack of privacy and the cost of reconfiguring subs as obstacles...
  • Military growing impatient with Obama on Afghanistan

    09/19/2009 7:09:27 AM PDT · by MestaMachine · 137 replies · 4,319+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | Friday, 09.18.09 | NANCY A. YOUSSEF
    Six months after it announced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Obama administration is sending mixed signals about its objectives there and how many troops are needed to achieve them. The conflicting messages are drawing increasing ire from U.S. commanders in Afghanistan and frustrating military leaders, who are trying to figure out how to demonstrate that they're making progress in the 12-18 months that the administration has given them. Adding to the frustration, according to officials in Kabul and Washington, are White House and Pentagon directives made over the last six weeks that Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military...
  • Military growing impatient with Obama on Afghanistan

    09/18/2009 7:48:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 110 replies · 3,724+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 9/18/2009 | NANCY A. YOUSSEF
    Six months after it announced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Obama administration is sending mixed signals about its objectives there and how many troops are needed to achieve them. The conflicting messages are drawing increasing ire from U.S. commanders in Afghanistan and frustrating military leaders, who are trying to figure out how to demonstrate that they're making progress in the 12-18 months that the administration has given them. Adding to the frustration, according to officials in Kabul and Washington, are White House and Pentagon directives made over the last six weeks that Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military...
  • US Military Leaders Bowing Down to Islam

    08/29/2009 9:53:11 AM PDT · by Islaminaction · 9 replies · 659+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | August 29Th, 2009 | Christopher Logan
    As I write this article I want to make it clear that I don't blame the US Military as a whole for this. This is directed towards the decision makers, who clearly do not understand two things. The first is Islam itself, and the second being that catering to Muslims does not work. It just leads to non-Muslims becoming more like Muslims. In the last two months there has been an upsurge in the idea department of pleasing the Islamic world. Yesterday it was revealed that the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen had stated that...
  • Military chief rips U.S. message to Muslims

    08/27/2009 10:15:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 1,047+ views
    msnbc ^ | 8/27/09 | Thom Shanker
    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has written a searing critique of government efforts at “strategic communication” with the Muslim world, saying that no amount of public relations will establish credibility if American behavior overseas is perceived as arrogant, uncaring or insulting. The critique by the chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, comes as the United States is widely believed to be losing ground in the war of ideas against extremist Islamist ideology.
  • Top officer offers a dire assessment on Afghanistan

    08/26/2009 8:10:35 AM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 45 replies · 1,131+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 26 August 2009 | Bryan Bender
    The nation’s top military officer, in a deeply pessimistic assessment of the war in Afghanistan, said yesterday that due to years of neglect the United States is basically “starting over’’ in its battle against the radical Taliban movement and its Al Qaeda allies. ‘This is the eighth year, but there is a newness here. There is a starting again, or starting over. Iraq has been the focus, it hasn’t been Afghanistan.’ ‘We all believe there is going to be a need to accelerate the training of the Afghanistan security forces, army, and police, and that is going to take additional...
  • Afghan conflict serious, "deteriorating": Mullen

    08/23/2009 10:13:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies · 760+ views
    Rueters ^ | 8/23/2009 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer on Sunday described the situation in Afghanistan as deteriorating but said the new commander on the ground had not yet requested additional troops. "I think it is serious and it is deteriorating, and I've said that over the past couple of years, that the Taliban insurgency has gotten better, more sophisticated, in their tactics," said Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Mullen: Afghanistan Is Deteriorating

    08/23/2009 9:12:57 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies · 648+ views
    WSJ ^ | AUGUST 23, 2009 | GARY FIELDS
    WASHINGTON -- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, said Sunday that the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated but the commanding general on the ground has not yet asked for more troops. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Adm. Mullen said the situation in the country has been getting worse as the Taliban gains strength. "I've said that over the last couple of years, that the Taliban insurgency has gotten better, more sophisticated," he said. "Their tactics just in my recent visits out there and talking with our troops certainly indicate that."
  • Top U.S. military official 'alarmed' over Pakistan

    04/27/2009 5:42:48 PM PDT · by Flavius · 16 replies · 806+ views
    cnn ^ | 4/27/09 | By Barbara Starr
    Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is "very alarmed by the growing extremist threat in Pakistan and remains frustrated particularly by the political leadership's inability to confront that threat," his spokesman said Monday.
  • A day in the life of President Bush (photos) 1-6-09

    01/06/2009 7:13:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 69 replies · 3,269+ views
    The President was honored with a Military Appreciation Parade at Fort Myer, Arlington, Virginia TranscriptFirst Lady Laura received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service from Defense Secretary Robert Gates,The President discussed Conservation and the Environment in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building TranscriptVice President Dick Cheney administered the Senate Oath to reelected senators Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • Thanksgiving Day Message 2008

    11/24/2008 2:14:00 PM PST · by mdittmar · 1 replies · 196+ views
    DoD ^ | Nov. 24, 2008 | American Forces Press Service
    In his 2008 Thanksgiving Day message released today, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted the wartime similarities between today and the proclamation of the national holiday 140 years ago. Here is the text of Mullen’s message: Citing the many blessings bestowed upon the United States, these timeless words were delivered by Abraham Lincoln in his 1863 proclamation establishing Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday: “It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do...
  • Hey, I'll Have The Joint Chiefs Fetch Me a Pizza While They Are At It

    07/31/2008 1:21:54 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 4 replies · 72+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | July 31, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Vieo. Shouldn't it be a requirement for a guy that wants to be the Commander in Chief to know about the chain of command? I guess not if you are Barack Obama. BARACK OBAMA: I'm going to call in the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and give them a new mission, and that is to bring the war in Iraq to a close. We are going to get out. There's only one problem. The Joint Chiefs of Staff does not have operational command of U.S. military forces. That authority resides in the commanders of the various Unified Combatant Commands. CENTCOM is...
  • Top U.S. admiral says strike on Iran means turmoil

    07/20/2008 3:38:54 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 32 replies · 205+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:42pm BST
    White House military adviser Adm. Mike Mullen said on Sunday he was concerned that any U.S. or Israeli strike on Iran carried a notable risk of more turmoil in the Middle East. "I think it would be significant. I worry about it a lot," Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the "Fox News Sunday" television program.
  • Obama Doesn't Understand Role of Joint Chiefs: Will MSM Take Note?

    07/14/2008 2:43:33 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 41 replies · 237+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A couple days ago at the gym, listening to a Hugh Hewitt podcast and perhaps not paying as much attention as I should have while pedaling away, I heard Hugh mention that Barack Obama doesn't understand the role of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. What was Hugh referring to? As the British would say: the penny just dropped. A few minutes ago, CNN's Situation Room played a clip of Obama saying this about his plan for Iraq: BARACK OBAMA: I'm going to call in the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and give them a new mission, and that is to bring...
  • Mullen Presents Medals for Valor to 12 Paratroopers in Afghanistan

    07/12/2008 12:02:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 178+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    KORENGAL VALLEY, Afghanistan, July 12, 2008 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff yesterday took the opportunity to present 12 paratroopers with awards here for valorous and heroic achievements in combat. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen pinned five Army Commendation Medals with valor devices, five Purple Heart Medals, one Bronze Star with valor device, and one Silver Star on the troopers’ chests during a ceremony at their combat outpost here. “It’s an honor and privilege to be here,” Mullen said to the awardees. “This ceremony is about individuals who represent the sacrifice of so many.” The paratroopers are assigned...
  • Obama Ignorance Watch: What Do the Joint Chiefs Really Do?

    07/08/2008 9:58:26 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 51 replies · 185+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7 JULY 2008 | Dean Barnett
    Obama Ignorance Watch: What Do the Joint Chiefs Really Do? Before the long weekend began, Barack Obama made a semi-flip-flop regarding the situation in Iraq, even allowing that the surge had achieved some stability and that the next president would be foolish to fritter away those gains. Predictably, this acknowledgement of the obvious triggered howls of outrage on the left. Obama firmly stuck to his new position for almost two full hours before assembling the press once more to reaffirm his long-expressed intention to abandon Iraq. “I am absolutely committed to ending the war,” the longtime community organizer declared. “I...
  • Why Homosexual Activists Hate General Peter Pace

    06/28/2008 9:06:52 PM PDT · by Coleus · 28 replies · 116+ views
    TFP ^ | 06.27.08 | Michael Whitcraft
    President Bush has awarded Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), General Peter Pace the US’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Not surprisingly, he is once again enduring a “moral lynching” at the hands of liberal media and homosexual activists across the nation.  Controversy began plaguing General Pace, a Catholic, after his March 12 statement that homosexual acts are immoral and therefore, should not be condoned by the military.[1]  Following this statement, General Pace was maligned and ultimately lost his position as JCS Chairman, making him the first in over forty years to hold...
  • President's tribute to Gen. Peter Pace, Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

    06/19/2008 3:23:09 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 15 replies · 364+ views
    The White House ^ | June 19, 2008 | President Bush
    President George W. Bush shakes hands with General Peter Pace after presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom Thursday, June 19, 2008, during the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room at the White House. White House photo by David Bohrer One of my great privileges as the President has been to meet so many outstanding Americans who volunteer to serve our nation in uniform. I've been inspired by their valor, selflessness, and complete integrity. I found all those qualities in abundance in General Peter Pace. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pete Pace...
  • Mullen Hails Iraqi Political Debate on U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework (StatusofForcesAggreement-SOFA)

    06/12/2008 4:46:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 36+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 12, 2008 – Ongoing debate within Iraq’s political realm about negotiations over the U.S.-Iraq strategic framework agreement indicates the healthy development of Iraq’s young democracy, the U.S. military’s top officer said here today. The completion of the agreement would allow for continued U.S. military operations in Iraq after the United Nations security resolution ends Dec. 31. Political debate in Iraq “historically, has not taken place,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted at a Government Executive Magazine-hosted breakfast at the National Press Club. Mullen said he is encouraged by what he called the...
  • Joint Chiefs chairman: close Guantanamo

    01/13/2008 3:31:02 PM PST · by MichMash · 336 replies · 7,284+ views
    AP Via Yahoo! News ^ | Jan 13, 2008 | Robert Burns
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - The chief of the U.S. military said Sunday he favors closing the prison here as soon as possible because he believes negative publicity worldwide about treatment of terrorist suspects has been "pretty damaging" to the image of the United States. "I'd like to see it shut down," Adm. Mike Mullen said in an interview with three reporters who toured the detention center with him on his first visit since becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff last October.
  • More on England and Islam ( Hasham Islam , aide to England turfs anti jihadist scholar and expert

    01/05/2008 1:55:51 PM PST · by Candor7 · 54 replies · 977+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 01/05/08 | Andy McCarthy
    As noted in Cliff's post yesterday (relying on a Bill Gertz report in the Washington Times), the Pentagon has sacked an authentic, influential scholar of Islam, Stephen Coughlin, who evidently refused to lie about — er, I mean, "soften his views on" — Islamic extremism (which, like it or not, is rooted in Islamic scripture) at the insistence of one Hasham Islam, Army Chief Gordon England's Islamophilic factotum (one of countless such creatures now pervading the federal government). For more on this, check out this post on the new website of Andrew Bostom, another scholar of Islam. Andy knows Coughlin...
  • Progress Continues in Ramadi, Mullen Notes During Visit

    12/19/2007 3:33:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 35+ views
    RAMADI, Iraq, Dec. 19, 2007 – Driving through downtown Ramadi today is a strange experience for anyone who saw the city in 2006. Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited the city today and said he’s amazed at the differences from a year ago. There is construction in the streets of the city; school is out of session and children play on playgrounds, including riding on a makeshift Ferris wheel that would give a safety inspector fits. The firehouse stands full of trucks, and firefighters sit outside waiting for a summons. Iraqi police patrol...
  • Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs Spends Thanksgiving in Iraq

    11/25/2007 11:19:51 AM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 129+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. Adam M. Stump, USAF
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2007 – The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a traveling USO show visited four different locations in Iraq to see troops during Thanksgiving. Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, standing, talks to servicemembers during a breakfast at Camp Liberty, Iraq, Nov. 23, 2007. Cartwright met with the troops to express his thanks for the job they're doing in Iraq. Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam M. Stump  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright started at...
  • Defense Executive of the Year: [GEN] James Cartwright, [USMC] (Vice-Chairman Joint Chiefs)

    10/09/2007 11:29:21 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 5 replies · 141+ views
    Government Computer News ^ | 10/08/07 | Sami Lais
    “Start by focusing on the output side of the equation,” he said. “Most metrics and most organizations focus on input: How many transactions did I do today, how many people are in my organization, how much money did I move?” Instead, look at “where you see value on the output side and work from there,” he said.
  • Pace to Leave Legacy of Battle Focus, Commitment to Troops, Top NCO Says (“Our Patton”)

    09/30/2007 12:06:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 141+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2007 – Marine Gen. Peter Pace will leave behind a lasting legacy of professionalism and commitment to the troops when he retires Oct. 1, his senior enlisted advisor and self-described “battle buddy” told American Forces Press Service today. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey, his senior enlisted advisor, shake hands with Marines from the 6th Provisional Security Company at Camp Lemonier, Dijbouti, during an Aug. 14, 2007, visit. Gainey said Pace has always kept troops’ welfare at heart while serving as the top U.S....
  • Gen. Pace, 2nd platoon reunited

    09/29/2007 8:39:04 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 5 replies · 116+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | September 5, 2007 | Cpl. Ryan Blaich, II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD)
    Gen. Pace, 2nd platoon reunited Sept. 5, 2007; Submitted on: 09/05/2007 11:10:19 AM ; Story ID#: 200795111019 By Cpl. Ryan Blaich, II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) KARMAH, Iraq (Sept. 5, 2007) -- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Peter Pace, made a unique visit to Marines stationed here, Sept. 4. As far as meetings with four-star generals usually go, this event was much less formal. It seemed more like a gathering of relatives, a way for Gen. Pace to connect the hardened war fighters of today to the heroes of his past. It was evident he saw himself,...
  • Joint Chiefs chairman again says gay sex immoral

    09/27/2007 9:03:07 AM PDT · by backwaterball · 33 replies · 55+ views
    ccn.com ^ | September 27,2007 | associated press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, caused a stir at a Senate hearing this week when he repeated his view that gay sex is immoral and should not be condoned by the military.
  • Pace repeats view that gay sex immoral

    09/26/2007 4:34:27 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies · 139+ views
    Pace repeats view that gay sex immoral By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, caused a stir at a Senate hearing Wednesday when he repeated his view that gay sex is immoral and should not be condoned by the military. Pace, who retires next week, said he was seeking to clarify similar remarks he made in spring, which he said were misreported. "Are there wonderful Americans who happen to be homosexual serving in the military? Yes," he told the Senate Appropriations Committee during a hearing focused on the...
  • Gen. Pace: Homosexual Acts Immoral

    09/26/2007 2:18:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 110 replies · 125+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 9/26/7 | ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, caused a stir at a Senate hearing Wednesday when he said he believes homosexual activity is immoral and should not be condoned by the military. Pace, who retires next week, said he was seeking to clarify similar remarks he made in spring, which he said were misreported. "Are there wonderful Americans who happen to be homosexual serving in the military? Yes," he told the Senate Appropriations Committee during a hearing focused on the Pentagon's 2008 war spending request. "We need to be very precise then, about what...
  • Top General Acknowledges Iraq Mistakes

    09/14/2007 7:47:18 PM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 19 replies · 552+ views
    Peoplepc Online/ Associated Press | Sept 14, 2007 | Staff
    Top General Acknowledges Iraq Mistakes Friday, September 14, 2007 WASHINGTON - The U.S. military's top general acknowledged Friday that he made mistakes in his early Iraq war strategy but said he still has no doubt that invading the country was the right decision. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, retiring chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and one of the war's military architects, said he overestimated the ability of the Iraqi army to hold together after the invasion, and as a result underestimated the number of U.S. troops that would eventually be needed to fight the war. Offering a blunt assessment...
  • Pace Thanks Troops in Afghanistan, Notes Signs of Progress

    09/03/2007 2:06:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 184+ views
    GHAZNI, Afghanistan, Sept. 2, 2007 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he is very optimistic about the future of Afghanistan, and the young Americans who are serving there, along with those who served before them, have much to be proud of. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with servicmembers on a forward operating base in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan, Sept. 2, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Marine Gen. Peter Pace came to...
  • Gen. Pace Keeping Troop Reduction Option Open (Pace calls LA Times not truthful)

    08/24/2007 2:26:30 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 9 replies · 421+ views
    abc ^ | 8/24/2007 | LUIS MARTINEZ
    Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace is labeling as "purely speculative" a report in the Los Angeles Times Friday that he is expected to recommend to President Bush that U.S. troop levels in Iraq next year should be cut by nearly half. However, Pace's reaction to the story did not deny that a significant troop reduction is an option being considered by the Joint Chiefs as they develop a strategic assessment on the way forward in Iraq. Citing unnamed administration and military officials, the Los Angeles Times article said Pace is concerned that keeping a military force significantly larger than...
  • Top General to Urge Iraq Troop Cut

    08/24/2007 8:35:28 AM PDT · by mngran · 12 replies · 554+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 24, 2007 | Julian E. Barnes and Peter Spiegel
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is expected to advise President Bush to reduce the U.S. force in Iraq next year by almost half, potentially creating a rift with top White House officials and other military commanders over the course of the war. Administration and military officials say Marine Gen. Peter Pace is likely to convey concerns by the Joint Chiefs that keeping well in excess of 100,000 troops in Iraq through 2008 will severely strain the military. This assessment could collide with one being prepared by the U.S. commander in Iraq, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, calling...
  • Joint Chiefs nominee wary of Iran

    07/31/2007 6:45:29 PM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 255+ views
    upi ^ | 7/31/07 | upi
    WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman-nominee Adm. Michael Mullen told his confirmation hearing in Washington Tuesday he is increasingly perturbed about Iran. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mullen, who would replace Marine Gen. Peter Pace, warned strife in the Arab and Islamic worlds "bear directly on the safety of the United States." "I'm especially concerned about the increasingly hostile role played by Iran," Mullen said. "I support diplomatic efforts to counter Iran's destabilizing behavior and hope their leaders will choose to act responsibly, but I find their support for terrorism and their nuclear ambitions...
  • U.S. officials say Iraq role to last years, cost more (to confirm is to agree)

    07/31/2007 3:15:43 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 1 replies · 206+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 7/31/2007 | Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan/Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's nominee to be top military adviser said on Tuesday the United States will be in Iraq for "years not months" and a Pentagon official said the war was costing even more than expected. Navy Adm. Michael Mullen, picked as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned U.S. lawmakers unhappy with the conflict against seeking a rapid pullout from Iraq, saying it could turn the country into a "caldron." While prudence dictated planning for an eventual pullout, Mullen said that under one scenario it could take three to four years just to halve...
  • Mike Mullen's Surprise Promotion

    07/09/2007 10:07:00 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 2 replies · 940+ views
    U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings ^ | July 2007 | Tom Bowman
    Mike Mullen's Surprise Promotion By Tom Bowman CNO will carry a reputation as a pragmatist and problem-solver to the JCS Chairman’s office. When American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon on 11 September 2001, Admiral Mike Mullen was talking budgets with then-Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Vern Clark. Suddenly he felt something that reminded him of an earthquake in his native California. His office down the hall was closer to the impact. It quickly filled with smoke. His staff said the plane, slicing into the Pentagon some four floors below, appeared to roll under their feet. “It was a...
  • Killing a Career: The Shame of the U.S. Senate

    06/28/2007 9:04:56 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 31 replies · 1,588+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 6/28/2007 | Chuck Colson
    I have what some might consider the macabre habit of reading the casualty reports from Iraq every day in the New York Times. This may reflect the fact that I served in the military or that I worked in the White House during Vietnam. But there’s one name that hasn’t yet appeared in the casualty reports: the name of General Peter Pace, the first Marine—and I say this with pride as a former Marine—to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Why am I looking for Pace’s name on the casualty list? His distinguished military career was recently...
  • Bush Thanks Pace and Giambastiani (heckuva job!)

    06/28/2007 10:05:29 AM PDT · by meandog · 6 replies · 581+ views
    Armed Forces Information Service ^ | 6.28.07 | Donna Miles
    American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, June 28, 2007 - As he nominated his picks for the nation's top two military posts, President Bush said today they will succeed "two of America's finest military officers," Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Navy Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani, vice chairman. Bush named Adm. Michael G. Mullen as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Marine Gen. James E. "Hoss" Cartwright as vice chairman, subject to Senate approval. Flanked by Mullen, Cartwright and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in the White House Roosevelt Room, the...
  • POTUS Nominating New Chairman/Vice-Chairman Joint Chiefs

    06/28/2007 5:55:23 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 3 replies · 348+ views
    Going on now. See what he says about throwing Pace under the bus.
  • General Pace Press Conference: what a guy!!!

    06/21/2007 5:23:11 PM PDT · by beebuster2000 · 20 replies · 909+ views
    self | june 21, 2007 | beebuster2000
    Watched the Gates/General Pace press conference. Was totally struck by the character of Pace. I couldn’t help thinking what a strong, honorable trustworthy man he seemed. And I couldn’t help but contrast his character with the politicians in Washington. Comparing a guy like Pace to say, Joe Biden, its just no contest. Then I got depressed. It seems all the politicians (read: democrats) want to do is tear down the guys like Pace who are the real hero’s and our nations strength. Are we losing our way in this country because we are no longer allowed to admire people like...
  • Pace Will Stay Focused on Supporting Troops in Combat

    06/21/2007 5:57:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 292+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 21, 2007 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today he is going to stay focused on his job of providing the best military advice to the president, vice president, defense secretary and rest of the National Security Council until his term expires at the end of September. Marine Gen. Peter Pace spoke along with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates at a Pentagon news conference. Reporters asked Pace about the fact that Gates did not nominate him for a second two-year term as chairman. Gates, saying he wanted to spare the military a divisive confirmation...
  • Pace Pledges His Best Through End of Term (DUTY! HONOR! COUNTRY!)

    06/15/2007 4:23:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 451+ views
    NORFOLK, Va., June 15, 2007 – Although he would never voluntarily leave the battlefield while troops are at war, Marine Gen. Peter Pace said he accepts the decision to not renominate him for a second term. On June 8, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced that he was going to recommend that President Bush nominate Adm. Michael G. Mullen as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff rather than nominate Pace for another two-year term. Pace discussed that decision process in response to a question posed following an address to students, faculty, and local military and community leaders at the...