Mullen Didn’t Say It Like The Jerusalem Post Said He Said It

If you read this Jerusalem Post story, you’d think Adm. Mullen told us to grip up for the forthcoming Iran war.

The US does not want to see
confrontation with Iran but is still preparing its military for that
possibility, America’s top uniformed officer said Thursday.

“We’ve looked to do all we can to ensure that conflict doesn’t
break out there, while at the same time preparing forces, as we do for
many contingencies that we understand might occur,” Adm. Mike Mullen,
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during an appearance at the
Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Funny thing: I was at that speech yesterday. And the J-Post is quoting
Mullen correctly. Only reporter Hilary Leila Krieger is way overblowing
Mullen’s Iran comments. Mullen gave a speech about the U.S. in the
Middle East that barely touched on Iran at all. So much so that
moderator Rob Satloff reserved the last question in the Q&A for
himself — to my chagrin — to ask about Iran. Mullen’s answer was
complete boilerplate: Iran’s intent is for nuclear weapons; that could
be destabilizing; we’re working with our allies to change that
calculation. Anyone who has spent ten minutes covering the military
knows that any uniformed strategic planner is going to publicly
proclaim in a vague way that the military is prepar… >>>

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