White House Boots Joint Chiefs Chairman
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.
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.”