WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
says he is "extremely concerned" about indications the Taliban is
moving ever closer to Pakistan's capital of Islamabad.
Discussing the situation in an interview broadcast Friday on
NBC's "Today" show, Adm. Mike Mullen said he believes "we're
certainly moving closer to the tipping point" where Pakistan could
be overtaken by Islamic extremists.
Mullen said from Afghanistan he thinks that "events continue to
move in the wrong direction" in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. And
he said he hopes the arrival soon of an additional 17,000 American
combat troops will stabilize things.
Mullen said, "We're going as fast as we can go right now and we
want to get it right." But he also said the Afghan people "have
to take over security for their nation. That's the only way we're
going to be successful."