"The defense official denied any tension between the military leadership and the White House over the pace of decision-making on Afghanistan.
"There is no sense of unease here with regard to the president's review of strategy," the official said.
Admiral Mullen and the rest of the joint chiefs of staff agreed there was a need to examine the mission six months after Obama unveiled a strategy focused on improving security and economic development, the official said.
But the top officers recognize that counter-insurgency campaigns are "dynamic" and that there is "a very fine line between success and failure," he said." AFP
Mullen, Petraeus and McChrystal met at Ramstein Air Base. What was this about? Did Gates send Mullen to deliver the appropriate reminder about who it is that commands their obedience?
Was that the message actually delivered? We will see. pl