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  • 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...
  • Mullen to give thoughts to Senate panel on 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy

    09/15/2009 12:37:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies · 391+ views
    The Hill ^ | September 15, 2009 | Roxana Tiron
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff agreed on Tuesday to provide senators with his thoughts on a controversial law prohibiting openly gay people from serving in the military. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) won a promise from Adm. Mike Mullen that he would provide his take on the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” before the Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing this fall. In prepared answers for his confirmation to a second term as the nation’s top military officer, Mullen did not express any opinion on repealing the law. President Barack Obama promised to repeal the law...
  • Afghan war likely needs more U.S. troops: (chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen)

    09/15/2009 10:16:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 527+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/15/09 | Andrew Gray - AP
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will probably need to deploy more troops to Afghanistan despite almost doubling the size of its force there this year, the top U.S. military officer said on Tuesday. The assessment by Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the clearest signal yet that commanders will tell President Barack Obama in the coming weeks that they need extra forces to defeat Taliban insurgents. "A properly resourced counterinsurgency probably means more forces. And, without question, more time and more commitment to the protection of the Afghan people and to the development of...
  • 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 seeks new plan to woo Muslims

    08/28/2009 8:42:16 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 15 replies · 486+ views
    New York Times ^ | 8/28/09 | Thom Shanker
    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...The Obama administration orders fresh efforts to counter militant propaganda, part of its broader strategy to defeat the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan...“I would argue...
  • 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.
  • 9/11 plotters still alive and planning more attacks: Mullen

    08/27/2009 5:19:11 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 12 replies · 602+ views
    Times of India ^ | August 27, 2009
    WASHINGTON: Those who plotted the deadly attacks on World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001, are still alive and planning to carry out more terror strikes, a top US military general has said. "The people behind that deadly day are still at it. They live and plan and train in safe havens along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border," Navy admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said. "They would like nothing better than to see either country or both fall prey to the grip of an extremist ideology. To the degree we let them succeed, we let ourselves become...
  • 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...
  • More US troops to Afghanistan? Why Mullen won't answer.

    08/23/2009 2:47:17 PM PDT · by NCjim · 15 replies · 1,278+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 23, 2009 | Mark Sappenfield
    Twice on Sunday morning – and many times before that – America's top military officer, Adm. Mike Mullen, was asked point blank whether the United States is going to send more troops to Afghanistan. Twice, he refused to give a definitive answer. The answer appears clear. A variety of media reports have suggested that the new US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, will ask for more troops, perhaps within the coming month. Moreover, Mullen himself said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that the situation in Afghanistan was "serious and deteriorating." To be sure, any request for more...
  • 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
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 August 2009

    08/23/2009 4:40:05 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 410 replies · 13,355+ views
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 23 August 2009 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Jim Towey, president of Saint Vincent College and former director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa.; Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; Tammy Duckworth, an assistant Veterans Affairs secretary.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y.; Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Karl Eikenberry, U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Kent Conrad, D-N.D.; former national Democratic Party...
  • 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."
  • Chairman Calls for Progress in Afghanistan

    08/05/2009 4:07:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 399+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2009 – It is crucial that U.S., NATO and Afghan forces make progress in Afghanistan in the next 12 to 18 months, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told National Public Radio’s Steve Inskeep that security forces must reverse the trends in Afghanistan. “The Afghan people are tired of this, and my sense is that it has been eight years, and it has got to start moving in the other direction,” the admiral said on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”.” Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met Aug. 2 with...
  • Commander Briefs Gates, Mullen on Afghanistan

    08/03/2009 4:31:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 179+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, received an update on the situation in Afghanistan during a meeting in Belgium. Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and Army Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez, deputy commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, briefed the secretary and chairman at Chievres Air Base. The trip was unannounced, and the secretary and chairman flew home yesterday. Navy Adm. James Stavridis, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe; Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander...
  • Top US Military Officer Sees 'Narrow Window' to Stop Iran's Nuclear Program

    07/07/2009 7:34:44 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies · 856+ views
    VOA ^ | July 7, 2009
    The top U.S. military officer says there is a narrow window of time in which to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and also to avoid a military strike on its nuclear facilities. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Admiral Michael Mullen, said in Washington Tuesday dialogue is crucial but that time is running out. Admiral Mullen said he is very concerned about a state sponsor of terrorist groups, such as Iran, acquiring nuclear weapons. He said it would be "incredibly destabilizing" and could cause a regional arms race.
  • (Admiral)Mullen Advises 'Measured' Approach to Gay Policy

    07/06/2009 12:58:14 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 10 replies · 662+ views
    Newsmax ^ | July 5, 2009 | Associated Press
    Mullen Advises 'Measured' Approach to Gay Policy The nation's top military officer said Sunday he has advised President Barack Obama to move "in a measured way" in changing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bans gays from serving openly in the military. Obama as a candidate pledged to end the ban. As president, he has not said when or how he will take steps to do so, drawing criticism from gay rights activists and others. The president has pointed out that Congress in 1993 made into law a policy begun by President Bill Clinton. "It's very clear what President...
  • Mullen leaves door open for more Afghanistan troops

    07/05/2009 12:03:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 264+ views
    The Hill ^ | 7/5/09 | Eric Zimmermann
    The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff expressed confidence today in the U.S. military offensive in southern Afghanistan but left the door open to additional troops in the country if the situation calls for it. Admiral Mike Mullen sought to clarify an apparent disagreement with National Security Adviser Jim Jones, who reportedly told commanders in Afghanistan not to expect any additional troops. Admiral Mullen said he would wait to hear from General Stanley McChrystal, the new head commander in Afghanistan, who is conducting a 60 day assessment
  • Strategic Focus Shifts to Afghanistan, Mullen Says

    05/04/2009 4:38:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 249+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 4, 2009 – U.S. military strategic focus is shifting from Iraq to Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at a news conference today. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen also said he is very concerned about Taliban advances in Pakistan, and that officials in Pakistan and the rest of the region must be patient and persistent. “We stand ready, and we have stood ready, to assist the Pakistanis in their fight against this common enemy of ours,” Mullen said. The chairman, who returned from a trip to the region last week, said the U.S. strategic focus...
  • THE PAK CIVIL WAR. ARMY V. TALIBAN: FAMILY FEUD

    05/01/2009 3:26:01 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 665+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 1, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    OUR diplomats and generals can't understand why Pakistan's million- man military avoids confronting the Taliban as the extremists tear into the country's flesh. Admiral Michael Mullen, our chairman of the Joint Chiefs and a superb officer, spends almost as much time in Islamabad as in Washington. And his Pakistani hosts make endless promises. But nothing much happens as the Taliban and their allies gobble territory. This week's "offensive" to retake Buner province -- almost within shouting distance of Pakistan's capital -- is a relatively small-scale operation. Even Richard Holbrooke, our junkyard dog among diplomats, can't get the Pakistanis off the...
  • 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.