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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.
  • Report: US Warns Pakistan They'll use Daisy-Cutters Against al-Qaeda if Action Isn't Taken.....

    04/25/2009 5:58:05 PM PDT · by Liam2007 · 82 replies · 3,587+ views
    ....The sources assert that the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen during his recent visit had conveyed a message to Pakistan’s political and military leadership that it was high time that the Pakistani government acted against these militants. He also made it clear that if Pakistan government showed any reluctance the US itself would launch air strikes against the hideouts of these al-Qaeda militants. According to these sources, Admiral Mullen warned that US could use daisy-cutters to crush these elements in what he called a ‘decisive operation,’ which could start any time.
  • Mullen, Holbrooke Work to Build Trust in Pakistan

    04/08/2009 4:16:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 340+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 8, 2009 – Building trust between the United States and Pakistan tops the agenda as the two countries and Afghanistan move forward, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said following meetings in Pakistan’s capital city yesterday. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and Richard Holbrooke, President Barack Obama’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad. The three spoke at a news conference following their meeting. “This commitment is a long-term commitment that I hope will generate a surplus of trust, as that is absolutely vital,” Mullen said. U.S....
  • Financial Crisis Puts New Urgency on Security, Chairman Says

    04/02/2009 4:09:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 250+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 2, 2009 – The global financial crisis is adding a layer of uncertainty that could exacerbate problems in many parts of the world, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on NBC-TV’s “Today Show” this morning. “This global financial crisis in the months ahead could have a significant effect on security around the world,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told host Matt Lauer during the interview. “That creates an additional sense of urgency [for leaders] in resolving that as fast as we can.” The chairman did not speculate as to where problems might crop up. Some obvious...
  • Chairman Lauds Group for Work With Families of Fallen Warriors

    04/01/2009 4:38:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 122+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 1, 2009 – Those in uniform must always remember their fallen comrades and their families, and those families deserve help in enduring their heartache, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here last night. “All of us know that nobody goes through life alone -- nobody,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told those gathered for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Honor Guard Gala. “[And] nobody should have to go through grief alone. It’s really that that TAPS does so well.” Bonnie Carroll started TAPS after her husband, Army Brig. Gen. Tom Carroll, an Alaska National...
  • Source: Mullen offers Mexico update to Obama

    03/07/2009 7:06:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 2,245+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/7/09 | Anne Gearan - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama was briefed Saturday by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen about the drug wars in Mexico and wanted to know how the United States can help. "Clearly one of the things the president was interested in was the U.S military capability that may or may not apply to our cooperation with the Mexicans," said a U.S. military official who requested anonymity because the discussions were private. "He was very interested in what kind of military capabilities may be applied." Mullen briefed Obama Saturday morning about discussions with Mexican military leaders about the drug...
  • Admiral Mike Mullen Says He is Comfortable with Obama Iraq Withdrawal Plan - Video 3/1/09

    03/02/2009 6:03:25 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 13 replies · 474+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | March 2, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - Admiral Mike Mullen - talking with CNN's John King yesterday about President Obama's timeline for withdrawal of all U.S. "Combat" Troops from Iraq. Mullen says he is very comfortable with the plan decided on, and that Obama did listen to his commanders in the field in making this decision. It is hilarious to me that Obama is touting the withdrawal of all "combat" troops by August 2010 to cover himself on his campaign pledge to pull out of Iraq. The only thing is, he is leaving 50,000 Troops...
  • Mullen: Iran Has Fissile Materials For Bomb [Now What Would Obama Do?]

    03/01/2009 10:05:09 AM PST · by Steelfish · 33 replies · 1,305+ views
    AP Report ^ | March 01, 2009
    Mullen: Iran has fissile materials for bomb Top U.S. military official says an armed Iran would be 'bad outcome' March 1: Iran has reportedly been able to produce materials necessary to build nuclear weapons at a much quicker pace than world leaders expected. NBC's Patty Culhane reports. WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military official said he believes Iran now has enough fissile material to build a nuclear bomb. Adm. Mike Mullen issued that assessment after the world's nuclear watchdog said last week that it was wrong in earlier reports and now has evidence that Iran has enough enriched uranium to...
  • Top Officer Urges Limit On Mission Of Military

    01/13/2009 12:17:36 PM PST · by PurpleMan · 19 replies · 638+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 12, 2009 | Thom Shanker
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday that senior officers must work to prevent the militarization of American foreign policy, and he urged generals and admirals to tell civilian leaders when they believed the armed forces should not take the lead in carrying out policies overseas. Adm. Mike Mullen, who as chairman is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, also called for more money and personnel to be devoted to the civilian agencies responsible for diplomacy and overseas economic development.
  • 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...
  • Mullen Gets First-Hand Look at Sadr City Improvements[Mullen "Success Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint."]

    07/27/2008 4:37:11 AM PDT · by Son House · 1 replies · 113+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tuesday, 08 July 2008 | By Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
    The U.S. military’s top-ranking officer encountered one of Iraq’s most dangerous areas July 7 and saw first-hand the improvements Iraqi and U.S. forces have made during recent months. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, received a glimpse of the success that has seen attack levels in Iraq fall to their lowest in four years - a 90 percent decline in attacks during the past year alone. The progress in security has allowed Coalition forces to focus more on other issues, military officials in Baghdad said. Less than 60 days ago, the streets of Jamilla Market...
  • Timeline for Iraq Drawdown Would Be Dangerous, Mullen Says[The Nation’s Top Military Officer]

    07/27/2008 4:04:06 AM PDT · by Son House · 2 replies · 169+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tuesday, 22 July 2008 | By Fred W. Baker III
    Setting a timeline for U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq would be “dangerous,” and troop reductions there should continue to be made based on security conditions on the ground, the nation’s top military officer said July 20. President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki this week agreed to set a general “time horizon" for bringing more U.S. troops home from the war, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” but he added that to his knowledge, the agreement does not include specific dates. “I think the consequences could be very dangerous in that regard,” he...
  • Obama plan to reduce troops in Iraq draws fire at home, abroad

    07/21/2008 2:52:26 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 8 replies · 96+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | July 20, 2008 | PETER NICHOLAS and M. KARIM FAIEZ
    The Democratic candidate would like to shift resources to Afghanistan, but one military leader said a deadline to withdraw "could be very dangerous." KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - As Sen. Barack Obama heads to Iraq for his first visit as a presidential candidate, his plan for bringing the war to a swift conclusion is triggering a political furor abroad and at home, with a U.S. military leader declaring Sunday that setting a hard deadline for withdrawing troops is risky. Obama is scheduled to meet with Iraqi political leaders who were scrambling over the weekend to clarify an apparent endorsement of his proposal...
  • Mullen Favors More Iraq Troop Cuts -- For Now

    07/16/2008 8:21:08 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 1 replies · 83+ views
    abc ^ | July 16, 2008 | LUIS MARTINEZ
    Top Military Commander Hopes for Improved Iraq Security Trend Adm. Mike Mullen, the nation's top military officer, says that, for now, he would likely recommend withdrawing more U.S. troops from Iraq this fall if improved security trends continue over the summer. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at a Pentagon briefing today that security is "unquestionably and remarkably better," and that "if these trends continue, I expect to be able early in the fall to recommend to the secretary and the president further troop reductions." Mullen, who recently returned from a tour of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan,...
  • Fears rise over U.S. “hot pursuit” into Pakistan (Mullen delivers an ultimatum)

    07/13/2008 12:29:48 PM PDT · by mojito · 18 replies · 107+ views
    The Hindu ^ | 7/14/2008 | Nirupama Subramanian
    ISLAMABAD: Speculation over possible U.S. hot pursuit of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants hiding in Pakistan rose after an unannounced visit by a top U.S. military official to Islamabad on Saturday for a meeting with the Pakistan Army chief. Admiral Mike Mullen, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, is said to have urged the Pakistani military to act decisively against terrorist safe havens in the tribal areas, the Dawn reported. Admiral Mullen is said to have conveyed Washington’s frustration at the Pakistan government’s apparent unwillingness or inability to end cross-border infiltration by the Taliban into Afghanistan. He met Pakistan Army...
  • 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...
  • (Admiral Mike)Mullen to ‘read the riot act’ to Pakistan

    07/11/2008 3:36:36 PM PDT · by milestogo · 42 replies · 89+ views
    Mullen to ‘read the riot act’ to Pakistan * US army chief says Pakistan govt needs to crack down on insurgent safe havens By Khalid Hasan WASHINGTON: United States Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen will be in Pakistan to “read the riot act” to the government and express his country’s frustration with Islamabad’s lack of ability or willingness, or both, to move decisively against terrorist groups. A well-informed source, when asked if US patience with what it sees as Pakistani “flip-flop and procrastination” is running out, said: “It is very close to that.” When it does, the...
  • Military officer: Iran jeopardizing peace in Iraq

    05/20/2008 5:40:28 PM PDT · by Flavius · 6 replies · 66+ views
    ap ^ | 5/20/08 | ANNE FLAHERTY,
    WASHINGTON - The top uniformed U.S. military officer told Congress on Tuesday that Iran is directly jeopardizing any potential for peace in Iraq, prompting fresh calls from senators that the U.S. pursue diplomatic talks with Tehran. Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that "irresponsible actions" by Iran's Revolutionary Guard "directly jeopardize" peace in Iraq.
  • CBS: US to Draw Up New Iran Attack Plans

    04/30/2008 8:05:06 PM PDT · by freerepublic_or_die · 28 replies · 254+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | April 30, 2008 | Staff
    The Pentagon has ordered military commanders to develop new options for attacking Iran, CBS reported Tuesday, as a second US aircraft carrier steamed into the Persian Gulf. According to the report, the planning was being driven by what one officer called the "increasingly hostile role" Iran is playing in Iraq - smuggling weapons into Iraq for use against American troops. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that "what the Iranians are doing is killing American servicemen and -women inside Iraq." CBS said that US officials were also concerned by Iranian harassment of US ships in the Persian Gulf as well...
  • Mullen Asks Philadelphians to Embrace Wounded Veterans

    04/29/2008 4:16:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 61+ views
    PHILADELPHIA, April 29, 2008 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff called on the citizens of Philadelphia last night to embrace those who have lost loved ones or who have been wounded in service to America. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen received the Gold Medal of the Union League of Philadelphia during a ceremony at the 1862 building, right down the street from City Hall. The league was established during the Civil War as an organization to help restore the Union, and it has pursued its mission to uphold the nation for the 135 years since. Mullen challenged...
  • Mullen: No Warning to Democrats on Iraq [Chairman's Staff Responds to ABC Story]

    02/29/2008 12:28:48 PM PST · by PurpleMan · 12 replies · 87+ views
    Red State ^ | 29 Feb 2008 | Mark Impomeni
    "...his comments be construed as a challenge to any particular presidential candidate. He has consistently and repeatedly resisted a hasty withdrawal from Iraq not based on operational conditions." Captain John Kirby, USN "...it is unquestionably true that a victory by Sen. Clinton or Sen. Obama in the general election would result in a pull out order, whereas a victory for Sen. McCain would not. Therefore, I stand by the article's assertion that Adm. Mullen's comments can be interpreted as particularly directed at the Democratic candidates." Mark Impomeni
  • Iraqi Forces Fight Well in Eastern Baghdad, Basra Battles, Admiral Says

    04/28/2008 9:58:27 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 69+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 28, 2008 – Iraqi security forces fought and performed well during recent battles against insurgents in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Basra, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said yesterday. “We’ve had significant achievements in the fight against criminal groups over the last several weeks,” Navy Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, told reporters at a Baghdad news conference. “In Basra and Baghdad, Iraqi security forces have demonstrated bravery and professionalism and have made great strides in securing those areas where Iraqis were held hostage by those who oppose the rule of...
  • Clear Iranian role in Baghdad violence: military

    04/27/2008 9:37:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 89+ views
    AFP ^ | April 27, 2008 12 hours ago | AFP
    An Iraqi soldier inspect Katyusha rockets that were seized in Basra BAGHDAD (AFP) — Iraqi and US military commanders on Sunday claimed a clear Iranian role in violence engulfing Baghdad's Sadr City, where Shiite militiamen have been battling security forces for the past month.The claims come after the top US military leader, Admiral Michael Mullen, last week expressed concern at what he said was Iran's growing and lethal interference in Iraq and elsewhere in the region.Iraqi army spokesman Major General Qasim Atta told a news conference in Baghdad that 712 rockets and mortars had been fired in Baghdad in...
  • Adm. Mullen: U.S. Preparing Strike Option Against Iran

    04/27/2008 7:02:16 AM PDT · by kellynla · 35 replies · 162+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | April 26, 2008 | staff
    Making it crystal clear to Iran, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday that the United States is preparing for "potential military courses of action" against it if Tehran does not stop aiding insurgents in Iraq and fails to stop building nuclear weapons. Admitting that a third conflict in the region would be "extremely stressing" for America's military, he warned Iran that it was mistake to suggest the United States did not have the resources to strike Iranian military targets. "I have reserve capability, in particularly our Navy and our Air Force, not just there,...
  • US:We Have The Power to Strike Iran

    04/26/2008 6:59:53 AM PDT · by freerepublic_or_die · 38 replies · 142+ views
    jerusalem Post ^ | April 26, 2008 | Staff
    The United States has the combat power to strike Teheran if needed, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff warned Friday. He alleged Iran was ratcheting up its support for militias in Iraq by providing them with newly manufactured weapons and bringing them across the border to receive training from members of Teheran's Republican Guard. Mullen said the military is preparing to roll out evidence, including date stamps on newly found weapons caches, to prove that recently made Iranian weapons are flowing into Iraq at a steadily increasing rate. He would not detail the evidence, which...
  • U.S. Weighing Readiness for Military Action Against Iran

    04/26/2008 4:17:39 AM PDT · by freerepublic_or_die · 34 replies · 115+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 26, 2008 | Ann Scott Tyson
    The nation's top military officer said yesterday that the Pentagon is planning for "potential military courses of action" as one of several options against Iran, criticizing what he called the Tehran government's "increasingly lethal and malign influence" in Iraq. Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said a conflict with Iran would be "extremely stressing" but not impossible for U.S. forces, pointing to reserve capabilities in the Navy and Air Force. "It would be a mistake to think that we are out of combat capability," he said at a Pentagon news conference. Speaking of Iran's intentions, Mullen...
  • Top U.S. military officer assails Iran's role in Iraq

    04/26/2008 7:40:37 AM PDT · by pissant · 5 replies · 133+ views
    IHT ^ | 4/26/08 | Dave Stout
    The government of Iran continues to supply weapons and other support to extremists in Iraq, despite repeated promises to the contrary, and is increasingly complicit in the death of U.S. soldiers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday in a stark new assessment of Iranian influence. The chairman, Admiral Michael Mullen, said he was "extremely concerned" about "the increasingly lethal and malign influence" by the government of Iran and the Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, a special force that aids and encourages Islamic militants around the world. The Quds Forces in Iran were created during the...
  • Mullen: Nuclear Project Reaffirms Proliferation Dangers (AXIS OF EVIL WARNING!)

    04/25/2008 3:52:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 41+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 25, 2008 – Syria’s building of a secret nuclear facility with North Korean help reinforces the need to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today. “It should serve as a reminder to us all of the very real dangers of proliferation and need to rededicate ourselves to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction, particularly into the hands of a state or a group with terrorist connections,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said during a Pentagon briefing. The reactor, destroyed by Israel in September before it...
  • Gates: Reduced Iraq Violence Enables Exit of Surge Forces

    04/10/2008 5:21:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 540+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 10, 2008 – Sharply decreased violence in Iraq has set the stage for the departure of the remaining surge forces by the end of July, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee here today. Violence in Iraq “has declined dramatically since this time last year,” Gates told committee members. “In addition to the drop in U.S. casualties, we have seen a dramatic and encouraging decline in the loss of Iraqi civilians.” Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were on Capitol Hill to update legislators on...
  • Admiral Praises Iraq's Effort in Basra

    04/02/2008 6:37:55 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 90+ views
    AP ^ | April 2, 2008 | PAULINE JELINEK – 7 hours ago
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's top military official on Wednesday said it was too soon to say who won and who lost in last week's Iraqi government offensive in the southern city of Basra, but he praised the fact that the government attempted it."We've been looking forward to a time when the Iraqi security forces would in fact take the lead and be aggressive in terms of providing for their own security," said Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen. "So from that standpoint, that strategic intent was very positive."He said the effort was planned and led by the...
  • Insubordination at Guantanamo By Henry Mark Holzer

    01/17/2008 11:45:15 AM PST · by K-oneTexas · 11 replies · 54+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 17 January 2008 | Henry Mark Holzer
    Insubordination at Guantanamo By Henry Mark Holzer FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, January 17, 2008 On January 13, 2008, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, the detention facility that holds hundreds of enemy combatants, including some of the worst of the worst terrorists. Mullen is the seventeenth chairman in a line beginning with the appointment of General of the Army Omar N. Bradley in 1949, and which included, like Bradley, other combat-tested military figures. While at Guantanamo, Mullen—a subordinate of the Commander-in-Chief, President George W. Bush—gratuitously opined that “I’d like...