US President George W. Bush on Thursday sent to the Senate his nomination of Admiral Mike Mullen as the next Chairman of the Joint Chief of staff, in what has been seen as a reshuffle of the Military command as his administration is facing harsh criticism over the war in Iraq.
Mullen, if approved, will replace General Peter Pace who will step down next month on the ground that the nomination of Pace for a second term could lead to a stormy confirmation hearing at the Senate, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Bush urged the Senate to confirm Mullen, warning that America is at war not only in Iraq, but against "enemies trying to attack the United States".
Mullen, in a brief remark, said the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cannot be won militarily only, stressing the importance that political differences be settled hand in hand with the Military operations.
"It cannot be a military path alone, that much is clear," Mullen said.
Bush also nominated Marine General James Cartwright to serve as vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, replacing Navy Admiral Edmund Giambastiani.
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