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White House Boots Joint Chiefs Chairman

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Posted on Jun 8, 2007

The Bush administration has announced plans to oust Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace and Vice Chairman Adm. Ed Giambastiani. Pace was involved with the planning and execution of the Iraq war from the beginning, and his reappointment would likely spark a debate and raise uncomfortable questions in the Senate during his reconfirmation.


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WASHINGTON—The Bush administration sidelined Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Friday, announcing plans to replace him as the nation’s top military officer rather than reappoint him and risk a Senate confirmation struggle focusing on the Iraq war.

“It would be a backward looking and very contentious process,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said at a Pentagon news conference where he announced he would recommend Adm. Mike Mullen to replace Pace.

Mullen is the chief of naval operations, and Gates praised him for having the “vision, strategic insight and integrity to lead America’s armed forces.”

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By Toby, June 9, 2007 at 9:35 pm Link to this comment
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“The Bush administration sidelined Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Friday, announcing plans to replace him as the nation’s top military officer rather than reappoint him and risk a Senate confirmation struggle focusing on the Iraq war.”

Translation: We have learned General Pace tells the truth.

“Gates said he had been told by Republican and Democratic senators that a confirmation hearing for Pace would be a backward-looking and very contentious process.”

Translation: The altered reality AKA Rove/Cheney/neos in general bunch, still run the show and don’t you forget it!

“Mullen has long been eyed for a promotion, and on Friday Gates praised him as having the vision, strategic insight and integrity to lead America’s armed forces.”

Translation: He doesn’t know the truth yet.

Meanwhile in Rome, Bush said it was all the democrats fault. You’d think by now they’d know better than to let the man out of the White House without his “brain”.

While his intention may have been to imply the democrats were keeping him from bringing the terrible mismanagement of his war in Iraq to some sort of conclusion he came off sounding like, “This is MY war damnit. How dare those democrats try to meddle in MY war!”

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By Margaret Currey, June 9, 2007 at 2:58 pm Link to this comment
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The only way this war will end is if the American Public insist that this Gang that can’t shoot straight is taken out of office and the way to do that is IMPEACHMENT, this administration needs to end before they do further harm, I mena every day someone is giving up their office, what will happen next year?

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By THOMAS BILLIS, June 9, 2007 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment
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Another yes man goes under the bus.Peter Pace is in the tradition of the yes men who ran the glorious Viet Nam operation.When the books are written about this Iraq war Peter Pace will be disgraced for his complicitly in gettint us involved.Putting his own career advancement before his duty to the country.Let us not even mention his homophobia.

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By uGottaBeFrigginKiddinMe, June 9, 2007 at 9:49 am Link to this comment

I just wanted to point out that George W. Bush is about to be the first President of the United States to hit the super-fecta, (horse racing term, wiki it if you have to), with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, by having one from every branch of the armed forces serve in this post, the highest military position of our country.
I guess he’s trying them all out. “We’re gunna smoke ‘em out, by er, land, air, sea and land, oh, and by sea now too, heh, heh,” the President recently said, upon nominating an admiral for the post.
His first was a leftover of Clinton, but did serve until October of 2001.
And here they are! Your American Military Idols:

1. Gen. Henry “Hugh” Shelton, U.S. Army
2. Gen. Richard Myers, U.S. Airforce
3. Gen. Peter Pace, U.S. Marine Corp (first Marine with the post)
4. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, U.S. Navy

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By don knutsen, June 8, 2007 at 10:46 pm Link to this comment
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Perhaps its time for Cheney to appoint a Blackwater employee as joint chief…they don’t seem to have a problem following whatever dr. evil wants.

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By QuyTran, June 8, 2007 at 7:06 pm Link to this comment

An excellent exit for Bush/Cheney from Iraq paradise.

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By vampares, June 8, 2007 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment
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They’re replacing him with Joe Camel.

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