facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Mullen: Iraq could be 'cauldron'

July 31, 2007 at 3:06 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman-nominee Michael Mullen Tuesday cautioned against a rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

At his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mullen, who would replace Gen. Peter Pace, said such a withdrawal would have an impact on the stability of the entire region.

Mullen admitted a U.S. military presence cannot solve Iraq's problems. A solution, he said, must come from the Iraqi government, which has failed to adopt legislation necessary to bring about national reconciliation.

"I worry a lot about moves which would turn Iraq into a cauldron and I think that would not be just bad for the people of Iraq, not just bad for the people of America, but for our vital interests in that part of the world," Mullen said.

Mullen said he backs continued debate on Capitol Hill over the course of the war.

"I think we need to bring as much pressure on them as we possibly can," Mullen said.

© 2007 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S. Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S.
2
Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone
3
Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit' Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit'
4
Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house
5
Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback