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  • Benghazi investigators gave Hillary Clinton heads-up on findings

    09/21/2013 8:18:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 19, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The leaders of the State Department’s Benghazi probe defended their inquiry into the 2012 attack, but they acknowledged to Congress on Thursday that their mission was limited in scope and faced questions over why they gave Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton an advance look at their findings. Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, vice chairman of the accountability review board, also acknowledged that he had warned Mrs. Clinton’s chief of staff not to send a particular official to Congress because he thought “she would be a weak witness” who might have hurt the State Department’s stance. Republicans said those moves called...
  • Adm. Mullen Admits Special Ops Told to 'Hold in Place' During Benghazi

    09/20/2013 9:40:56 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 53 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/19/13 | Tony Lee
    Testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Admiral Mike Mullen said that the direction given to Special Operations Command Africa commander Lt. Col Gibson was to "hold in place" on the night of the attacks. SNIP Mullen also said that U.S. aircraft were not at the ready while the attack was ongoing. He claimed there was a "physics problem" in addition to a "time and distance problem" that prevented the United States from providing immediate air cover.
  • Darrell Issa: House Oversight Committee to depose Pickering and Mullen over Benghazi

    05/12/2013 12:11:33 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 130 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 5-12-2013 | Twitchy Staff
    May 12, 2013 Darrell Issa: House Oversight Committee to depose Pickering and Mullen over Benghazi Twitchy Staff Darrell Issa reports that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which he chairs, will depose Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Admiral Mike Mullen over Benghazi....
  • Clinton's Republican Guard-Andrew McCarthy

    05/07/2013 2:12:11 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 7, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    With each new revelation, what has always been obvious becomes more pronounced: the State Department’s self-proclaimed final word on the Benghazi Massacre, the risibly named “Accountability Review Board” investigation, is a fraud. Yet, like the rest of the Obama administration’s obstructive wagon-circling, the ARB’s report continues serving its intended purpose: to thwart efforts to hold administration officials accountable. Even on Fox News, which has been admirably dogged covering a scandal the Obamedia has done its best to bury, the refrain is heard: How could the ARB report be a whitewash when its investigation was run by such Washington eminences as...
  • Benghazi Smoking Gun Exposed--Obama lied, people died.

    05/06/2013 5:24:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 59 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 6, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    New evidence reveals the Obama administration’s version of the events that took place in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was based on a tissue of lies. The Weekly Standard’s Steven Hayes has obtained a timeline and a series of emails revealing the self-serving efforts made by administration officials, who heavily edited CIA talking points about the attack that cost four Americans, including ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, their lives. Also revealed is who made the changes and why they made them. The revelations are part of a report published by the five Republican Committee chairmen that has been largely dismissed...
  • State Department's Benghazi review panel under investigation, Fox News confirms

    05/02/2013 1:30:48 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 94 replies
    FOX News ^ | 5-2-2013 | James Rosen
    May 2, 2013 State Department's Benghazi review panel under investigation, Fox News confirms James Rosen The State Department's Office of Inspector General is investigating the special internal panel that probed the Benghazi terror attack for the State Department, Fox News has confirmed. The IG's office is said by well-placed sources to be seeking to determine whether the Accountability Review Board, or ARB -- led by former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen -- failed to interview key witnesses who had asked to provide their accounts of the Benghazi attacks to...
  • Benghazi report could damage Clinton’s legacy at State Dept. ('systemic failures')

    12/19/2012 2:44:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/19/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Benghazi report could damage Clinton’s legacy at State Dept.By Julian Pecquet - 12/19/12 05:30 AM ET The Benghazi report released Tuesday night bemoans “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” in Hillary Clinton's State Department that could come back to haunt her should she run for president in 2016. Clinton remains one of the nation's most popular politicians and has worked tirelessly to improve America's image abroad following President George W. Bush's tenure. The independent review of the Sept. 11 attack, however, tarnishes that legacy by faulting the department for failing to put in place a coordinated approach for handling...
  • Where’s Obama in the Benghazi Report?

    12/20/2012 1:47:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/20/2012 | Michael Hirsh
    And so the reckoning begins. Only hours after a special task force concluded on Wednesday that “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” may have contributed to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the State Department’s security chief resigned and three other officials were relieved of their duties. What was lacking in the report, however, was any sense of who was responsible farther up the chain. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Accountability Review Board—chaired by retired Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and vice chaired by another national-security heavyweight, former Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael...
  • Clinton won't testify on Benghazi due to illness

    12/16/2012 11:17:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 69 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 15, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won't testify to Congress next week on Benghazi, after fainting and suffering a concussion Saturday and due to her ongoing stomach ailment. "While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion," Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines said in a statement. "She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors. At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office...
  • Friends and Enemies (Oliver North)

    09/29/2011 6:54:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — When the U.S. State Department announced this week that it finally is going to designate the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, it was a nonevent for most of our countrymen. That's because few Americans know how deadly the organization is. For that we can thank those at Foggy Bottom who are wedded to the naive hope of a near-term "diplomatic breakthrough" in Afghanistan. Couple that misguided belief with the Obama administration's self-deception that the radical Islamic jihad against the West ended with the demise of Osama bin Laden and it's understandable why the Haqqani network...
  • The king of the bibles

    11/18/2011 9:49:29 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 109 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | November 14, 2011 | Peter Mullen
    For centuries, people of all walks of life have carried around with them echoes of the King James Version. So to throw it out as the church hierarchy has done amounts to a savage act of deprivation and, as this deprivation is of the Word of God in English, it is vicious iconoclasm. Sidelining the King James Version especially deprives our children and is therefore a notable case of child abuse. There is no such thing as noble truth expressed in ignoble words. The choice of words determines what is being said. Therefore, we should choose the best. “Strips of...
  • Pakistan says US risks 'losing an ally'

    09/23/2011 10:28:59 AM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 85 replies
    Al Jazeera English ^ | 9.23.11 | staff
    Pakistan has told the US it risks losing an ally if it continues to accuse the country of playing a double game in the war against al-Qaeda, escalating the crisis in relations between the two countries. Hina Rabbani Khar, the Pakistani foreign minister, was responding to comments by Admiral Mike Mullen, the US joint chiefs of staff, who said Pakistan military's spy agency, ISI, was closely tied to the Haqqani network, the most violent and effective faction allied with the Taliban in Afghanistan. It is the most serious allegation levelled by the US against Pakistan since they began an alliance...
  • Mullen: Pakistani spy agency assisting terrorists--Afghanistan bomb struck U.S. troops

    09/22/2011 6:43:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 22, 2011 | Ashish Kumar Sen
    Pakistan’s intelligence agency helped terrorists plan and conduct an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, last week, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday. The comments marked the first time a senior U.S. official has publicly linked Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency to an attack on U.S. interests in Afghanistan. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Adm. Mullen said the ISI also helped the Haqqani Network, a Pakistan-based terrorist group, plan a truck-bomb attack near a NATO military base on Sept. 10. Four Afghans were killed and 77 U.S. troops injured in...
  • Mullen: Risk of War Rising on Korean Peninsula

    12/13/2010 2:44:22 PM PST · by rxsid · 29 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 12/13/2010 | foxnews
    "Mullen: Risk of War Rising on Korean Peninsula The top U.S. military officer said Monday that the danger of war or hostilities on the Korean peninsula is rising, as North Korea warned that cooperation between its southern neighbor and the United States could trigger a nuclear war Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told troops in Baghdad that North Korea has upped the ante in its aggression against South Korea -- a pattern he said is tied to preparations for Kim Jong Il to pass power to his son.
  • PERKINS: Listen to the Marines on 'Don't Ask'--Democrats failing lame-duck social engineering

    12/09/2010 4:37:39 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 9, 2010 | Tony Perkins
    The rush by congressional Democrats to overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) - despite the opposition of the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps service chiefs - threatens its advocates with a political backlash from a public that is just beginning to focus on this issue.Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey all testified in a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee that overturning DADT has strong potential to disrupt military readiness and effectiveness and will divert leadership attention away from focusing on preparing...
  • McCain balks at 'don't ask' report

    12/02/2010 9:57:56 PM PST · by Red Steel · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8:01 p.m., Thursday, December 2, 2010 | Joseph Weber
    Sen. John McCain of Arizona led a group of skeptical Republicans questioning a new Pentagon report that supports the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gays serving in the military. Lawmakers got their first opportunity Thursday to question top Pentagon officials on Capitol Hill about the findings of a much-anticipated study released Tuesday, focusing largely on the possible timeline for such a change and its potential impact on military operations, especially on front-line combat units. But Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen defended the recommendation and urged Congress to...
  • Mullen: Troops Who Balk at Change in Gay Service Policy Can Find Other Work.

    12/02/2010 7:06:16 PM PST · by antidemoncrat · 73 replies · 9+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/2/10
    Military members who have a problem with a change in policy to allow gays to serve openly may find themselves looking for a new job, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Thursday.
  • Voting With Their Feet (Oliver North on DADT)

    12/02/2010 6:33:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 3, 2010 | Oliver North
        WASHINGTON — Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Hideki Tojo tried and failed. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev and Ho Chi Minh couldn't do it. But commander in chief Barack Obama may well succeed where others could not. If he has his way, he will demolish the finest force for good in the history of mankind — the U.S. armed forces. And he wants to make it all happen before the end of the year.On Nov. 30, Defense Secretary Robert Gates released the much-leaked "Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of 'Don't Ask,...
  • Diana West: Admiral Mullen Speaks On Koran At Hoover Institute - And Knows Not What It Says

    11/15/2010 6:43:17 AM PST · by JLWORK · 7 replies
    Here's The Right Side Of It ^ | November 15, 2010 | John L. Work
    We’ve listened for just about nine years, two months and fourteen days to upper echelon political officials (including George W. Bush) and high-ranking members of the armed forces feed us milk-toast and pabulum about Islam and the Koran. The state of denial in the Pentagon about the true nature of codified Muslim doctrine is not getting better – it’s getting much worse. Today Diana West of the Washington Examiner covers an astounding speech given last weekend by Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. If anything is illustrative of the delusions under which our troops are fighting...
  • Mullen: U.S. Military Needs More Diversity

    10/20/2010 2:42:02 AM PDT · by Cindy · 33 replies
    DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | October 18, 2010 | by Karen Parrish
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Mullen: U.S. Military Needs More Diversity By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2010 – The armed services “can’t go fast enough” to increase diversity, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a group of senior military leaders here yesterday. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses the Air Force Diversity Senior Leader Working Group at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City, Va. on Oct. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley (Click photo...
  • Mullen: Military Has 'Strategic Imperative' to Save Resources

    10/14/2010 1:56:32 AM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies
    DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | October 13, 2010 | By Lisa Daniel
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Mullen: Military Has ‘Strategic Imperative’ to Save Resources By Lisa Daniel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2010 – The military has a “strategic imperative” to lead the nation in environmental conservation, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today. “We in the Defense Department have a role to play here -- not solely because we should be good stewards of the environment and our scarce resources, but also because there is a strategic imperative for us to reduce risk, improve efficiencies, and preserve our freedom of action whenever...
  • Mullen worried about threats to security gains in Iraq (Fear of outbreak of violence after drawdown)

    09/30/2010 7:22:00 AM PDT · by Qbert · 1 replies
    GovExec.com ^ | 9/29/2010 | Yochi J. Dreazen
    The top U.S. military official said on Wednesday that he worried that Iraq's political paralysis was threatening its recent security gains, highlighting Washington's growing fears that Iraq's inability to form a new government could trigger a new outbreak of violence. "I'm extremely concerned about their inability to stand up this government," Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor. "The politics there are from my perspective too slow ... and the longer that lasts, the more I and others worry about what does the future hold."...
  • Gates, Mullen Urge Participation in Survey

    07/08/2010 3:34:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    WASHINGTON, July 8, 2010 – Noting the importance of getting the opinions of those who would be most affected by a possible repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today urged servicemembers to provide their input. About 400,000 servicemembers are receiving an e-mail survey seeking their opinions, and the department has an online inbox at https://dadt.csd.disa.mil/ for additional feedback from common access card holders. “I think it is very important for us to understand from our men and women in uniform the...
  • Afghanistan Visit Gives Mullen Reassurance, Concern

    06/29/2010 12:57:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2010 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday that he returned from Afghanistan this week reassured that U.S. and NATO forces remain on track there, but also concerned about the synergy among terrorist groups in the region. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen made the comments yesterday as part of an interview with David Sanger, New York Times chief Washington correspondent, at the inaugural Aspen Security Forum, part of the Aspen Institute, in Colorado. Mullen said his trip to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Israel was scheduled before the fallout from a magazine article on Army Gen....
  • Mullen: Kandahar Vital to Success in Afghanistan

    06/16/2010 9:47:56 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 117+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 16, 2010 – Kandahar, the spiritual home of the Taliban, is the key to success in Afghanistan and the U.S. military is working with Afghan forces to turn the tide against the insurgents, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee today. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates testified on the fiscal 2011 Defense Budget request. Mullen told the senators that Kandahar, the second-largest city in Afghanistan, is the birthplace of the Taliban. Taliban chieftain Mullah Omar ruled Afghanistan from a palace in Kandahar. Today,...
  • The 'Bring Back the Draft' Act (DADT repeal)

    06/14/2010 4:09:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 701+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2010 | Frank Gaffney
    As early as this week, the United States Senate may turn to the annual legislation known as "The National Defense Authorization Act" (NDAA) that is supposed to provide the Pentagon what it needs to defend our nation. Unfortunately, thanks to an amendment added in the Senate Armed Services Committee that would impose the radical homosexual agenda on the U.S. military, a more appropriate title for this bill would be "The Bring Back the Draft Act." Mind you, none of the bill's sponsors would want it given such a descriptor. Nor are they likely to own up to the reality that...
  • Mullen Stresses Precision, Innovation to Graduates

    06/11/2010 2:54:48 AM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 129+ views
    DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | June 10, 2010 | By Jim Garamone
    Note: The following text is a quote: Mullen Stresses Precision, Innovation to Graduates By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, Washington, D.C., June 10, 2010 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today told graduates of the National Defense University here that their careers will be dominated by their understanding of the precise application of military force and national power. NDU’s National War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces graduated 603 people from the armed services, civilian agencies and many foreign countries. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and King Abdullah of...
  • Military chiefs split with Mullen on gays--Deal rushes repeal of ban (Mullen flipped)

    06/02/2010 9:10:24 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies · 571+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 1, 2010 | Rowan Scarborough
    The debate over gays in the military has driven an extraordinary public wedge between the nation's highest-ranking military officer and the four service chiefs who collectively make up the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Adm. Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs chairman, in February first broke with the chiefs of the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps by endorsing President Obama's campaign pledge to end the military's ban on open homosexuals. The gap widened last week. Adm. Mullen approved a White House deal for Congress to go ahead with a vote on repeal of the law barring openly gay members from the...
  • 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Review Process Vital, Mullen Says

    05/31/2010 2:42:26 AM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 346+ views
    DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | May 30, 2010 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    NOTE The following text is a quote: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Review Process Vital, Mullen Says By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 30, 2010 – It’s of vital importance that the Pentagon gain input from servicemembers and military families on their views about the repeal of the so-called “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, the top U.S. military officer said today. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed the proposed repeal of the law, upcoming operations in Afghanistan and the military's support role in the wake of the oil spill in the...
  • Mullen: Military should have been able to complete review before gay ban repeal

    05/30/2010 9:45:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies · 509+ views
    The Hill ^ | May 30, 2010 | Bridget Johnson
    Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) said Sunday that Congress should have waited until the Defense Department completed its troop survey before moving forward with legislation to repeal the "Don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays serving openly in the military. "I would've preferred that the legislation was not brought forward until we were done with review," Mullen told Candy Crowley this morning on CNN's "State of the Union." "I have said I think it is important to get through this review," said Mullen, who supports ending the ban. "It's really...
  • Mullen says Kandahar campaign will take months

    05/30/2010 8:36:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 216+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/30/10 | AP
    WASHINGTON – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is predicting that it'll be clear by year's end whether a NATO-led counterinsurgency effort in the Afghan Taliban stronghold of Kandahar is successful. Adm. Mike Mullen says the Kandahar campaign, which is planned to go forward next month, is vital to turning around the war. He says the southern Afghanistan city is as important to the overall war effort as Baghdad was to the U.S. troop increase in Iraq in 2007.
  • Army General Admonished for Advocating for Gay Ban

    03/25/2010 12:43:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies · 819+ views
    NYTimes ^ | March 25, 2010
    Army General Admonished for Advocating for Gay Ban By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 25, 2010 WASHINGTON (AP) -- The military's top uniformed officer has publicly admonished a three-star Army general for urging troops to speak out against allowing gays to serve openly. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, who heads Army forces for U.S. Pacific Command, was wrong to call on troops and their families to fight a repeal of the military's ''don't ask, don't tell'' policy. Mullen said if uniformed officers disagree with President Barack Obama's call...
  • Joint Chiefs Chairman Mullen outlines a more restrained art of war

    03/06/2010 11:11:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 303+ views
    WaPo ^ | 3/6/10 | Greg Jaffe
    Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlined a new U.S. approach to war in a series of speeches this week that replaces overwhelming firepower with more restrained use of force to safeguard civilian lives. The speeches, delivered at Kansas State University and the Army's Fort Leavenworth, amount to a formal effort on the part of the chairman to codify how a decade of combat is changing the military's understanding of its role in battle and, more broadly, its place in U.S. foreign policy
  • Mullen finds little resistance among troops to gays serving openly in military (Barf Alert)

    02/17/2010 6:13:22 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 22 replies · 651+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 16 Feb 10 | NANCY A. YOUSSEF
    Navy Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was nearing the end of a 25-minute question-and-answer session with troops serving here when he raised a topic of his own: "No one's asked me about 'don't ask, don't tell,' " he said. As it turned out, none of the two dozen or so men or women who met with Mullen at Marine House in the Jordanian capital Tuesday had any questions on the 17-year-old policy that bars gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military - or Mullen's public advocacy of its repeal. Air Force Chief...
  • Pentagon abandons two-war doctrine

    02/02/2010 12:17:07 PM PST · by Schnucki · 29 replies · 587+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | February 2, 2010 | Alex Spillius
    The US is to abandon its doctrine of always being ready to fight two simultaneous conventional wars. Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, said instead the Pentagon will shift its focus to a broader range of challenges including terrorism and cyber-security. In a sweeping review of US military strategy, he said the Pentagon must prepare for an "uncertain security landscape" where extremists or "non-state actors" sought missile technology or weapons of mass destruction. Warning that US military power faced new limits and constraints, he said that weaponry, tactics and enemies had overtaken the "familiar contingencies that dominated US planning after...
  • Mullen tweets support for 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal

    02/02/2010 11:39:23 AM PST · by DesertRenegade · 27 replies · 611+ views
    The Hill ^ | Feb 2, 2010 | Jordan Fabian
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday used Twitter to restate his position that gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the military. At a congressional hearing, Adm. Mike Mullen said he believes repealing the 1993 law is the "right thing to do." Minutes later, Mullen tweeted, saying that he stands by what he said: "Stand by what I said: Allowing homosexuals to serve openly is the right thing to do. Comes down to integrity." Mullen's words represent the strongest statement to date by a top military official in support of the repeal. Hearings...
  • Top uniformed officer: Gay ban should be lifted [CJCS Mike Mullen ]

    02/02/2010 11:15:04 AM PST · by Red Steel · 79 replies · 1,737+ views
    WaPo ^ | February 2, 2010; 1:36 PM | ANNE FLAHERTY and ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON -- The military's top uniformed officer on Tuesday made an impassioned plea for allowing gays to serve openly in uniform, telling a Senate panel it was a matter of integrity and that it is wrong to force people to "lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens." The comments by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, set the stage for the military's yearlong study into how the ban can repealed without causing a major upheaval to the fighting forces. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, appearing with Mullen before the Armed Services Committee,...
  • Gay Ban Should Be Lifted, Mullen Says (Barf)

    02/02/2010 11:06:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies · 634+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 2, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON—The military's top uniformed officer said Tuesday that gays should be allowed to serve openly in uniform, arguing that it is "the right thing to do." Adm. Mike Mullen's statement was the strongest yet from the military on this volatile issue, although he stressed that he was "speaking for myself and myself only." He told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday he is deeply troubled by a policy that forces people to "lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens." The chairman of the Joint Chiefs Staff said he knows many will disagree about abandoning the...
  • Mullen advised to delay lifting ban on gays

    01/15/2010 1:23:50 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies · 621+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 15, 2010 | Anne Gearan - AP
    Lawyers for the nation's top military officer are recommending holding off on an internal Pentagon effort that could lead to the repeal of the ban on openly gay military service. The delay could push a decision by Congress to the middle of the next presidential election. Other advisers at the Pentagon, however, argue that lifting the ban would not cause unmanageable problems or divisions among the uniformed military, according to two U.S. officials. They discussed internal conversations about the ban on the condition of anonymity. "Now is not the time," the in-house legal counsel for Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of...
  • Mullen Outlines U.S. Military Role in Yemen

    01/10/2010 7:09:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 289+ views
    Yemen has posed a concern as a potential terrorist safe haven for some time, and the United States will continue to work with its government to prevent that from happening, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Naval War College here today. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said the U.S. military has no plan to conduct combat operations in Yemen, nor does the Yemeni government want U.S. combat forces in the country. Rather, he said, the U.S. military will help the Yemeni military with equipment and training. U.S. military officials have been concerned about the country long...
  • Iran to Surge to a Hegemonic Position in the Middle East Without a Major War

    01/03/2010 4:25:10 PM PST · by staffjam · 13 replies · 830+ views
    OilPrice.com ^ | 01/01/2010 | Yossef Bodansky
    Despite the lingering demonstrations and disorder in Tehran, Iran’s ruling mullahs are confident anew in their country’s ability to surge to a hegemonic position in the Middle East without a major war. The main reason for the mullahs’ confidence is their interpretation of the appeasement policies of the US Barack Obama Administration. Most significant is the undeclared – yet widely projected – profound change in US policy regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Tehran and all other regional governments are convinced that the US now strives to “contain” a nuclear Iran rather than continue the declared objective to prevent the nuclearization of...
  • Mullen Points Out Progress in Iraq

    12/18/2009 5:09:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 257+ views
    TALIL, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2009 – Iraq has made remarkable progress in a short while, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a news conference here today. U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with U.S. Navy sailors assigned to Riverine Squadron Three after an all hands call, Basra, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen praised Iraqi citizens and American civilian and military personnel for their hard work and sacrifice. The...
  • Results, Not Talk, Needed in Afghanistan, Mullen Says

    12/18/2009 5:02:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 198+ views
    ABOARD AN AIR FORCE C-17, Dec. 18, 2009 – Results, not talk, are what’s important in Afghanistan now, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today while en route to Iraq after visiting Afghanistan. U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets villagers on a market walk in Mata Khan in Afghanistan's Paktika province, Dec. 15, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Mullen spoke to reporters traveling with him soon after leaving Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. He had spent...
  • Mullen Discusses Elections, Logistics in Iraq

    12/18/2009 3:48:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 157+ views
    BASRA, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2009 – Discussions about upcoming elections and the withdrawal of American troops are highlighting Navy Adm. Mike Mullen’s visit to Iraq today. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke to reporters traveling with him aboard a C-17 Globemaster III transport. He said he looks forward to discussions with Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Multinational Force Iraq commander, and meeting with troops in here and in Talil and Baghdad. The chairman arrived in Iraq after a four-day trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan. A USO troupe is traveling with him. Singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus,...
  • Afghan Insurgency More Pervasive, Mullen Says

    12/14/2009 5:57:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 267+ views
    KABUL, Dec. 14, 2009 – The insurgency in Afghanistan has become more pervasive, more sophisticated and more violent, said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff here today. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said during a news conference with Afghan and American reporters that the insurgents “have a dominant influence in 11 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.” The insurgents are becoming more effective at using improvised explosive devices and small-unit tactics, Mullen said. “I remain deeply concerned by the growing level of collusion between the Afghan Taliban and al-Qaida and other extremist groups taking refuge across the border in Pakistan,” he...
  • US Military: Afghan Surge Begins Next Week

    12/14/2009 1:49:38 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 827+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 12/14/2009 | Army News — By Voice of America
    U.S. Admiral Michael Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the military's focus now is the rapid deployment of 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan and the initial elements of the surge will begin arriving next week. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Admiral Mullen says orders have been issued to combat infantry, engineers and civil affairs experts to deploy to Afghanistan, with 1,500 Marines expected to arrive in southern Helmand Province next week. Mullen indicated there is a sense of urgency at the Pentagon to implement U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to send tens of thousands of...
  • Surge Will Provide All Forces Needed, Mullen Says

    12/10/2009 5:05:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 256+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2009 – President Barack Obama’s decision to send in an additional 30,000 U.S. troops and further contributions from NATO allies will give the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan “all the forces he needs in 2010 to reverse the momentum of a growing and increasingly lethal insurgency,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today. At a Pentagon news conference, Mullen said 2009 has been the third year of significant security deterioration in Afghanistan, noting that levels of violence this year are up 60 percent from 2008. “Certainly from that standpoint, we’re...
  • Mullen: 16,000 troops have orders to Afghan war

    12/10/2009 12:36:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 274+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/10/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON – The Pentagon's top military officer says 16,000 troops have received their orders for Afghanistan since President Barack Obama announced his new war strategy. Adm. Mike Mullen said at a news conference Thursday that the first to go — a battalion of Marines — will arrive in southern Afghanistan next week. The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman said tens of thousands of tons of construction materials, winter gear and other equipment also are in the pipeline. Officials are moving to get the bulk of the 30,000 additional troops into the war zone by summer.
  • Mullen to troops: Afghanistan casualties will rise

    12/07/2009 10:54:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 489+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 7, 2009 | Kristin M. Hall ASSOCIATED PRESS
    FORT CAMPBELL, Kentucky — The highest-ranking military officer in the United States on Monday told soldiers, including many bound for Afghanistan, that he expects casualties to rise next year as additional U.S. troops pour into the war.
  • Mullen Vows Continued Support for Korean Military

    10/24/2009 11:04:24 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 264+ views
    Defenselink.mil ^ | 10/23/2009 | Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
    As South Korea’s military transitions to full operational control, it’s important to remember the past 60 years of U.S. commitment to the country and to not waver in that support, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen talked yesterday with servicemembers and defense civilians at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, Korea. He spoke about his earlier meetings with his South Korean counterpart, citing “tremendous change” on the horizon. The Korean military is expected to assume a larger defense responsibility there in April 2012. The alliance will only get stronger, the chairman said, with...