Obama's drawdown riskier than military first advised: Mullen

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Posted: Jun 23, 2011 10:13 AM
Obama's drawdown riskier than military first advised: Mullen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's faster-than-expected drawdown of U.S. forces incurs more risk than the military's top officer was initially prepared to accept, that officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, was due to tell the U.S. Congress on Thursday, even as he backed the plan.

"I would prefer not to discuss the specifics of the private advice I rendered with respect to these decisions. As I said, I support them," Mullen, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in prepared remarks he was due to deliver at a hearing due to start shortly.

"What I can tell you is, the president's decisions are more aggressive and incur more risk than I was originally prepared to accept."

The remarks were distributed ahead of time at the hearing.