Mullen taking activist role in Afghan strategy

08/3/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Navy Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is emerging as the prime strategist behind U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Los Angeles Times reports. Mullen pushed for 21,000 additional troops and a leadership shakeup among the military brass. He also has pushed for top graduates of the National Defense University to deploy to Afghanistan, rather than taking desk jobs in Washington. Mullen is seen as the originator of the idea that Afghanistan and Pakistan are inseparably linked -- an idea that has now become conventional wisdom.

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