Adm. Mike Mullen

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Woman in Petraeus Scandal Got Medal for Party Hosting

Jill Kelley awarded honor from Joint Chiefs of Staff last year

(Newser) - Jill Kelley, one of the women involved in the David Petraeus affair scandal, was awarded a medal from the Joint Chiefs of Staff last year ... basically for throwing parties. Petraeus initially recommended Kelley for the award, the second-highest civilian honor awarded by the JCS, and Mike Mullen eventually approved it.... More »

Pakistan Makes US Look Like Chumps

Christopher Hitchens thinks it's time to call Pakistan what it is: an enemy

(Newser) - Last week, Admiral Mike Mullen called out Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence agency “as the most adroit double-dealing profiteer from terrorism in the entire region,” Christopher Hitchens writes for Slate . Mullen accused Pakistan of orchestrating the attack on the US embassy in Kabul, and Hitchens believes him; after all,... More »

US to Pakistan: Take Out Haqqani

Or we will; rhetoric increasing in wake of embassy attack

(Newser) - US officials have been sending Pakistan an increasingly sharp message in recent days: Take out the Haqqani Taliban network, or we will. Pakistan’s intelligence service has a longstanding relationship with the Haqqani network—Adm. Mike Mullen described it as a “proxy connection”—but after a series of... More »

Adm. Mullen: For Smooth Iraq Withdrawal, 'Now Is the Time'

Further delay of Iraq government's decision could jeopardize smooth transition

(Newser) - Iraq's indecision on whether to ask American forces to stay beyond the end of the year is pushing the US close to the point where a smooth, safe troop withdrawal will be jeopardized, the top US military officer said today upon arriving in the country. Adm. Mike Mullen said... More »

Pakistan on Dead Journo: Accusation 'Irresponsible'

It is definitely not happy with what Adm. Mike Mullen had to say

(Newser) - Pakistan is furious today over US allegations that it tortured and killed journalist Saleem Shahzad. A few days ago, US military officials were reluctant to even anonymously confirm that the Pentagon suspected the ISI in the killing, but yesterday Admiral Mike Mullen himself said he believed Pakistan’s government had... More »

Pakistan Army Rails Against US Ties

Relations between US and Pakistani security forces hit nadir

(Newser) - The US-Pakistan security alliance has deteriorated so badly that Pakistani officers actually jeered top general Ashfaq Kayani at a town-hall-style meeting last month, demanding to know why Pakistan still supports US policy, officials tell the Washington Post . That kind of open criticism “is something no Pakistani military commander has... More »

Meet the New Joint Chiefs Chairman

Obama expected to name Army Gen. Martin Dempsey

(Newser) - The White House is putting out the unofficial word today to the big news outlets that the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. Currently the Army's top general, he is known not only for his military skills but for his political... More »

Clinton Visits Pakistan—and It Doesn't Go Very Well

NYT describes Clinton as awkward, unsmiling

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton met with senior leaders in Pakistan today, including President Asif Ali Zardari and the chief of the army, to discuss the country’s future in the fight against terror. The New York Times puts it succinctly: The visit “did not appear to go well.” In place... More »

40 Tense Minutes Inside the Situation Room

Obama's order was fraught with risk

(Newser) - It was a daring gambit: Invade another nation's airspace, raid a compound, bag the world's most notorious terrorist, and get your troops out alive—all on the 50% to 80% chance Osama bin Laden was even there to begin with. Once President Obama ordered the raid on the... More »

US: Pakistan's Spy Agency Is al-Qaeda Supporter

ISI's association with terror group used as an excuse to detain people

(Newser) - The US military has considered Pakistan’s spy agency an al-Qaeda support group since 2007—and has used association with it to justify imprisoning people in Guantanamo Bay, the latest crop of WikiLeaks documents reveals. The ISI is listed alongside the likes of al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Iranian intelligence, and dozens... More »

Mullen Sees 'Stalemate' in Libya

But coalition strikes have knocked off 30% to 40% of Gadhafi's forces

(Newser) - The conflict in Libya is “certainly moving towards a stalemate,” the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff told US troops in Baghdad today, adding that there were some reasons for optimism. “We’ve attrited somewhere between 30% and 40% of his ground forces,” Admiral Mike... More »

US Ending Libya Air Combat Role

Gates, Mullen: Attack planes to be pulled out Saturday

(Newser) - The Pentagon is about to pull its attack planes out of the international air campaign in Libya, hoping NATO partners can pick up the slack. The announcement by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Mike Mullen that American combat missions will end Saturday drew incredulous reactions from... More »

Mullen: Libya No-Fly Zone Is Up

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs stresses limited nature of mission

(Newser) - The US airstrikes launched yesterday against Libya are already having a "significant effect" on Moammar Gadhafi's military, Adm. Mike Mullen said in an interview today. Gadhafi has been unable to "fly the last couple of days," he said, “So I’d say the no-fly zone which... More »

GOP Support Grows Ahead of START Vote

Scott Brown is on board; Corker, Gregg likely

(Newser) - Things were looking bleak yesterday for the New START arms treaty—but that was yesterday. Following a closed-door meeting, GOP Sen. Scott Brown said he’d vote for the treaty and two other Republicans said they would likely support it, giving supporters enough votes to push it through as voting... More »

China Slams US on Korea: What Good Have You Done?

China resents Mullen's statement about North Korea

(Newser) - The North Korea/South Korea feud is ratcheting up tensions between the US and China, with the United States' top military official complaining that the North’s “reckless behavior” was “enabled by their friends in China.” Admiral Mike Mullen said that he was deeply concerned about the situation,... More »

Mullen: Repeal DADT; It's the 'Right Thing'

John McCain criticizes Pentagon report

(Newser) - As the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Pentagon's Don't Ask, Don't Tell report got under way today, Adm. Mike Mullen advocated for repeal of the policy. "I've been serving with gays and lesbians my whole career," said the Joint Chiefs chairman. "We never missed a... More »

Expect More Military Suicides: Mullen

Four take lives over weekend

(Newser) - Expect more servicemen and women to take their own lives in the months ahead, Admiral Mike Mullen warned today, in the wake of four such suicides over the weekend. “I think we are going to see a significant increase in the challenges that we have in terms of our... More »

US Military Boss: We've Got a Plan to Attack Iran

Will be launched 'if necessary to stop nukes'

(Newser) - The US has a detailed plan ready to attack Iran if necessary to prevent it from making nuclear weapons, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff revealed yesterday. “I hope we don’t get to that, but it’s an important option, and it’s one that’s... More »

WikiLeaks May Have Blood on Its Hands: Mullen

Gates, Mullen warn Afghan leak will do great harm to US, allies

(Newser) - Julian Assange et al "might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family," because of the massive leak of Afghan war records, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen told reporters at the Pentagon yesterday. Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert... More »

McChrystal Leaves White House Before Strategy Meeting

No word on his fate after 30-minute meeting with Obama

(Newser) - Stanley McChrystal left the White House after a 30-minute meeting with President Obama today—and didn’t return for the big strategy session that followed. There’s still no word on the general’s fate, or on how the meeting went— MSNBC says there’s “an almost complete lockdown... More »

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