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India Doesn’t Want War Says Prime Minister

As Pakistan planes zoomed in the sky preparing to deal with any aircraft from India that might be launching an attack, the prime minister of India spoke of peace and conciliation. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh insisted that “nobody wants war” and tried to reduce tension between the countries. Admiral Mike Mullen, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, again visited Pakistan to urge calm and avoidance of provocative actions that might inflame the situation. The head of Interpol visiting in New Dehli, said Pakistan had agreed to cooperate with his organization in tracking down those involved in the Mumbai attacks. India has yet to share its information with Pakistan which has complicated the situation. However, it claims the captured gunman Mohammed Ajmal Kasab said he came from Pakistan.

Step one is allowing Interpol to play an important role in the investigation and this means both sides have to open files. Step two is for Pakistan to finally clean house in its secret service, the ISI and make that organization a force for peace, not for arming groups to carry out terrorist attacks.

Admiral Mullen Warns Of Pakistan Save Haven

Admiral Mike Mullen warned the situation on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border was becoming dangerous since militants are able to secure safe havens in tribal areas. “There’s a clear problem on the border.. there’s clearly not enough pressure being exerted to bear, particularly on the Pakistan side of the border.” Mullen believes the new Pakistan government is still trying to figure out its eventual program for dealing with al-Qaeda and the Taliban which is causing uncertainty in border regions on policy of dealing with militants. The Admiral believes “it’s a safe haven, and it’s got to be eliminated.”

Admiral Mullen undoubtedly is correct in fingering failure on the part of Pakistan’s government for lack of vigorous action, but equally relevant is failure on the part of Afghanistan’s government to be a viable force within its own borders. Pakistan alone can not reduce the Taliban threat. The Afghanistan government also has responsibilities for maintaining peace and security.

US Military Ready To Work With New Pakstain Leaders

Admiral Mike Mullen, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was pleased the new Pakistan govenment was prepared to advance new political, economic and military ideas. “I think we need to be m indful that this is a new governmnt, new leadership, and certainly could have new directions.” Mullen expressed hope the American government recognized the new configuration in place in Pakistan and is prepared to work closely with its leaders. Meanwhile in Pakistan, Prime Minister Gillani met with Pakistan military leaders to discuss his ideas for a new comprehensive strategy “based on political enggment, economic development and backed by credible military” forces.

It is apparent the new Pakistan government is prepared to place as much importance on political and economic relations with militants as it does on military. This might eventually result in conflict with the United States since the Bush administration is more focused on military resources.

US Troops Grill Chief Of Staff Mike Mullen

Admiral Mike Mullen held an “all hands call” session with troops at the Hickman officers club with a crowd of 200. Many of the questions came from servicemen who wer concerned about deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. The Chief of Staff was asked by a soldier why private contractors make six-figure salaries which is widely different from that received by those who are doing the fighting. Mullen responded that members of the military receive enlistment bonuses and efforts are being made to raise pay. Other questions related to the isue of short deploment notices for sailors who deploy as individuals and are assigned to other units and to regulations against Marines obtaining items from home that are in short supply in Iraq. Another soldier wanted to know why Marine officers are issued new M4 carbines while enlisted men still use the older M16 rifles. Admiral Mullen admitted he had previously been asked the question and still doesn’t have a good answer but will try to find out.

It is refreshing an American leader esponsible for the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is actually having an open dialogue with those who must bear the brunt of fighting. He noted his concern “about the continued pressure on our armed forces — particularly on our ground forces, with the multiple deployments, the length of the deployments.”

The basic trouble is lack of sufficient troops for the multiple tasks being asked of the armed forces. Hopefully, the new president will have an answer to the question of when does it all end?

Admiral Mullen-General McNeill-Who Is Right?

Admiral Mullen, who is Chief of Staff, clashed with his subordinate, General McNeill, commander of NTO forces in Afghanstan over the extent and power of the Taliban in Afghanistan. General McNeill does not believe there is any evidence of a “resurgent” Taliban while his superior has the exact opposite conclusion. According to Mullen: “In Afghanistan, we are seeing a growing insurgency, iincreasing violence, and a burgeoining drug trade fueled by widespread poppy cultivation.” General McNeill’s response was, “Admiral Mullen has his view, I’ve got mine.”

Although General McNeill doesn’t see evidence of any Taliban resurgency, some figures reveal a different perspective. The number of suicide attacks has grown from 3 in 2004 to 130 least year, the number of acts of violence has risen from 900 to 8,950 and the number of roadside bomb attacks has gone up fom 325 to 1,469.

This may well be a minor example of difference of opinion, but it again is indicative of confusion in the Bush administration over policy in Afghanistan.