November 22nd, 2010
11:53 AM ET

Mullen: No major strategy shift expected

An upcoming military review of the war in Afghanistan is not expected to result in any major changes in U.S. strategy, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said Sunday.

In an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" program, Mullen said the U.S.-led international force has "started to make progress" in its mission to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for international terrorist groups.

However, Mullen described the progress so far as "fragile." He cited the training of Afghanistan forces to take over security responsibilities as an area in which progress has occurred but challenges remain.

The military review is due in December, a year after President Barack Obama ordered additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan as part of a strategy that would see some forces coming home as soon as July 2011.

Mullen lauded a weekend meeting of NATO leaders in Portugal that set a goal of ending combat operations for international forces in Afghanistan by the end of 2014. He reaffirmed Obama's statement Saturday that the United States and its allies wanted to hand over security responsibility for all of Afghanistan to that country's security forces by then, and would play a training and support role after that.

"We think that's a reasonable goal," Mullen said.

"We will still have forces to - and I think the president said it yesterday as well - to train and assist," Mullen said of NATO troops in Afghanistan after 2014. The plan is for all combat forces to be out that year, he said.

Mullen said the transition of security responsibility from the U.S.-led international force to Afghanistan security forces would start in the spring of 2011, and he described it as a "district by district" approach based on conditions on the ground.

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  1. LarryKegel(US Army)

    They are not bosses... They are Officers and Sergeants that run the Military!!!

    November 29, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe


      November 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Very Funny!!!

        November 30, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. helenecha

    I wish the survivors from the war are the heroes.

    November 27, 2010 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      We have to stand by Them know matter what happens... They deserve better than what happen to the Vietnam Vets when They came home!!

      November 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • helenecha

        I think their boss is sure be nice to them.

        November 29, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. LarryKegel(US Army)

    He has as much right to write here than anyone else!!! Who are You to tell Him different???

    November 24, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe


      November 29, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joseph McCarthy

    Come on Riza,do cut the Tea Party lingo. It has no place here.

    November 24, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      You have that right!!!

      November 24, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe


      November 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Why do You say the same thing know matter the subject???

    November 23, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      What does Jesus have to do with of These Subjects???

      November 23, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Because Larry, these Islamic radicals are the anti-Christ!

      November 23, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dindy.....

    Amen to the post by Dan in Lafayette !!

    November 23, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Yak to all These Religion Talk!!!

      November 23, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        All men and women will bow down to Jesus in the end!

        November 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      I never posted the above,Dindy. I just leave all the blaspheming to Pfunnie boy since he no respect for any religion!

      November 23, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        November 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        You are not funny and have no respect for others beliefs when you use their name to raise tension between others!

        November 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        You both are wrong... The Real GOD will have everyone to believe GOD are They will parish!!! The only Real GOD the Jews Worship...

        November 23, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kayden

        You keep it up now, unsdertnad? Really good to know.

        July 11, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
      • ygyrjzvv

        M2W3tR mbahrazflutu

        July 14, 2011 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I'm Jewish We don't believe in Jesus!!!

      November 23, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    The truth of 360 degrees of lies and hatred and full of murderous Islamic extremists will be subdued by the angels of God who are waiting for the command!

    November 22, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Amen !!

      November 23, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bledsoe


    November 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      We've been "making progress" there for for more than 9 years,Phunnie boy. Why change it since it's generating money hand over fist for the war profiteers back here? Besides,it's giving you a laugh out of life since that seems to serve your purpose!!!

      November 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        November 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Because the Republicans want to show Who They think should be in charge!!!

        November 23, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |