Senate confirms Mullen as new military chief
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed President George W. Bush's choice of Michael Mullen to be his top military adviser, replacing Marine Gen. Peter Pace as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Mullen, 60, has been serving as chief of Naval operations.
Pace was not asked by the Bush administration to serve another term as head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff because of his role in the Iraq war. Politicians and retired generals have blamed Pace and other top officers for not properly planning a post-invasion program for Iraq and for using too few U.S. troops.
On Tuesday, Mullen told Congress that he thought the United States would be in Iraq for "years not months" and that a rapid military withdrawal could turn the country into a "caldron."
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