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Mullen debates himself about Afghanistan strategy October 5, 2010

Posted by Matthew Leatherman in Analysis.
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Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stood before an audience at Texas A&M last Thursday and declared unequivocally: “We have the strategy right” in Afghanistan.    His confidence was assuring, but it glossed over an even more elementary and important question.  Do we have a strategy at all in Afghanistan?

ADM Mullen is his own most formidable opponent in that debate.  Surely the Chairman, circa last Thursday, would answer adamantly that we do.  But the ghost of ADM Mullen past, specifically August 1st of this year, suggests otherwise.  On that first Sunday in August, ADM Mullen made the morning talk show rounds, and twice was asked, point blank, what the United States is doing in Afghanistan. Read more…



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