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Mullen's hearing a referendum on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top military officer goes before the Senate Armed Services Committee today amid simmering skepticism over Afghanistan.

Officially, it's a renomination hearing for Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen. But his appearance will likely serve as a referendum on the way ahead in Afghanistan. Mullen admitted earlier this month he knows the new U.S. strategy needs to show results soon, amid more violence and record death tolls.

Several lawmakers are questioning whether more troops should be sent. Mullen has said that is just one piece of a plan the Pentagon will soon ask Congress to authorize -- calling it critical, but not total.


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