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Topic - Michael Mullen
Sen. Lindsey Graham threatened Monday to hold up all nominations for federal government positions until survivors of last year's deadly attack on the diplomatic post in Libya appear before Congress.
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.
The State Department-chartered investigation into the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, last year erred in not interviewing more senior officials at the department, a packed hearing of the House oversight committee heard Wednesday.
TAMPA, Fla--This is the hometown of U.S. Special Operations Command, at nearby MacDill Air Force Base. This headquarters dispatches our military's special operators -- Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines -- on missions in the most difficult and dangerous places on earth.
Pakistan's ambassador to the United States resigned Tuesday in a widening scandal over a secret letter to a top U.S. military official, fears of a military coup in Pakistan and accusations between the diplomat and a businessman who claims they plotted to deliver the message to the Pentagon.
Pakistani Ambassador Husain Haqqani, one of the most respected foreign envoys in Washington, has offered to resign over a controversy that involves a shadowy appeal to a top U.S. military official for help in removing the powerful chiefs of Pakistan's army and spy service.
Before retiring last week, Adm. Mike Mullen made 27 trips to Pakistan as chairman of the Joint Chiefs that convinced him he had established a close personal relationship with his opposite number, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani - only to conclude in farewell interviews that he is still baffled by the world's most complex - and dangerous - situation.
U.S. accusations that Pakistan is supporting Afghan insurgents have triggered a nationalist backlash and whipped up media fears of a U.S. invasion, drowning out any discussion about the army's long use of jihadi groups as deadly proxies in the region.
Obama administration intelligence, military, defense and diplomatic officials are engaged in a vigorous debate over policy toward Pakistan.
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 top U.S. military officer on Thursday accused Pakistan of "exporting violence" to Afghanistan and said it puts in jeopardy not only the frayed U.S.-Pakistani partnership against terrorism but also the prospects for a successful outcome to the decade-old war in Afghanistan.
The nation's highest military leaders warned troops Tuesday not to harass gays who emerge from the closet as the ban on coming out officially ended.
Memories of horror and heroism echoed Sunday across the west side of the Pentagon, where, a decade ago, a hijacked airplane carrying 59 doomed passengers and crew and 36,200 pounds of jet fuel smashed into the fortresslike military headquarters, killing all aboard and 125 inside.
In a farewell to the military after 37 years in uniform, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus on Wednesday said supporting the troops and their families must be the nation's "paramount objective" even as defense budgets are reduced.
The top two Pentagon officials warned Thursday that the spending cuts imposed by the congressional debt-ceiling deal are as deep as the military can stand.
Mullen said the availability and quality of services must be increased, along with the understanding of the human mind.
"This really is a national resources issue. ... I think we need to do a lot more to understand the brain and how these [traumatic] injuries affect our young people who have done so much for our country," he said.