July 5th, 2009
03:21 PM ET
5 years ago

Mullen on Afghanistan, Iraq

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obama administration is committed to providing enough additional troops in Afghanistan, one of President Obama’s senior military advisers says.

In an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that he, Obama, and retired Gen. Jim Jones, Obama’s National Security Adviser are all in agreement.

“Gen. Jones, and I, and the president, are all on the same page in terms of what we have to do now,” Mullen told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. “President Obama has committed these troops. They’re arriving as we speak and will through the rest of this year.”

Mullen added that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the new U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, is conducting a 60-day assessment to determine whether he has sufficient boots on the ground or whether he needs more troops on top of the additional 21,000 the Obama administration recently authorized.

Mullen also expressed optimism about the situation in Iraq where U.S. troops recently pulled back from Iraq’s major cities under an agreement signed by former President George W. Bush.

“I’m really encouraged based on what I see,” Mullen said.

Mullen added that he thought the military was on track to complete a withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, also under the terms of an agreement with Iraq’s government.

Updated: 3:21 p.m.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Iraq • Mike Mullen • State of the Union
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. jaye

    Bring our troops home now!
    The war hungry republicans fight against health care for Americans, but, wage war based on lies.
    Is Palin really involved with Mark Sanford???

    July 5, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Clinton Fringer

    OK ........calling all of you anti-war Obama supporters. We have finished the "unjust" war in Iraq to move on to Afganistan......spending as much if not more money on defense, increasing troop size oh and let's not forget the 50-60K or so staying behind in Iraq. Wow that's a change I can believe in.........a change to SOSDD.

    July 5, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. DC Observer

    Barack Obama's change you can believe in -– he will change Afghanistan into the Vietnam War. The US i sbacking a corrupt President in Afghanistan. Time to get out and let the country go to the dogs

    July 5, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Allen in Hartwell GA

    In my humble but biased opinion we can't get out of Iraq fast enough. That place is a smoldering hot bed that is getting ready to explode as quick as the US military stops doing whatever they do – whether it is patrolling the streets or paying the Sunnis to not shoot them.

    July 5, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. S M R

    This is typical of a war that we are involved in, Republicans start the wars and try to prolong it for more of their internal profit, while the Dems have to finish it quickly so we don't fall into deeper dept. I've been reading too many 'Palin comments' and the run-on sentences are rubbing off. LOL

    July 5, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |