Top U.S. military officer calls pastor over film

WASHINGTON Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:57pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke with Pastor Terry Jones by phone on Wednesday and asked him to withdraw his support for a film whose portrayal of the Prophet Mohammad has sparked violent protests - including one that ended with the death of America's envoy to Libya. "In the brief call, Gen. Dempsey expressed his concerns over the nature of the film, the tensions it will inflame and the violence it will cause," Dempsey's spokesman, Colonel Dave Lapan, told Reuters. "He asked Mr. Jones to consider withdrawing his support for the film." U.S. military officials are concerned that the film could inflame tensions in Afghanistan, where 74,000 U.S. troops are fighting. The Taliban earlier on Wednesday called on Afghans to prepare for a fight against Americans and urged insurgents to "take revenge" on U.S. soldiers over the film.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart and David Adams)

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ltc.dan wrote:
Understand that the Chairman is deeply concerned with the welfare of the Troops, but why would he call and ask Mr. Jones to forget about his beliefs, no matter how out of the mainstream they may be?

Sep 12, 2012 3:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LesLegato wrote:
No surprise here, this is Obama’s perfumed prince who disapproves of Israel preventing Iran from launching a nuclear attack.

Sep 12, 2012 5:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DominicPaz wrote:
So sick of religious morons killing people because someone offended their magical sky daddy

Sep 12, 2012 6:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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