"Someone is going to have to step in very quickly because that is a critical part of the peace process."
- ADM. MIKE MULLENchairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the assassination of former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani. Rabbani was leading the Afghanistan peace council
"[He] reminded Americans once again, that with the right ideas and the right leadership, almost anything is possible."
- ADM. MIKE MULLENChairman of the Joint Chiefs, speaking at the retirement ceremony for Gen. David Petraeus, who retired after 37 years in the Army, in which he commanded the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; Petraeus will become the next CIA director
"Only the President, in the end, can really determine the acceptable level of risk we must take. I believe he has done so."
- MIKE MULLENChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saying he accepts President Obama's timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan, even though it is more aggressive than what he advised
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