Memorial Day Message to the Troops
Admiral Michael Mullen on 'Fox & Friends'
- Duration 4:24
- Date May 30, 2011
Admiral Michael Mullen on 'Fox & Friends'
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Welcome back to this Memorial Day edition of FOX & Friends President Obama is expected to announce some military staff changes this Memorial Day including.
Naming army general Martin Dempsey -- the new incoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Joining us now is the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff admiral Mike -- when he does so.
For the last time on Memorial -- good morning to you sir thanks for being here.
Good morning David's gonna be rated good to have his share what -- your plans for retirement in September and your assessment.
Of the president's pick to replace you.
Well first of -- Never get out in front of the president's.
And and is this election he is.
Single authority on that and I -- Announcement of any changes I think as we all do.
With respect to in my future.
There's still a lot an awful lot of work to do between now and the first of October fight.
Take just what's occurred in the last four months.
And look out into the future I expect a very.
Busy and challenging for months and then beyond that sir we really haven't made any plans we wrap up her career.
The pinnacle which is really been I think this -- As serving service.
In terms the opportunities to make a difference.
For our country as well as our young men and women who sacrificed so much.
It was reported that the president had hoped to select marine general James Cartwright to replace you.
It was reported that yourself and secretary of defense Robert Gates objected to that are those reports accurate and -- so.
Well -- -- I would never comment on the -- -- the internal deliberations that drawn I've been involved in selection process seized.
For many years and there are always a lot of rumors and -- that there are.
Certainly no clear outcomes until quite frankly the president makes his decision.
And as I indicated earlier we continue to await that decision that announcement -- You also recently returned from Pakistan along with secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Basically the question is can we trust Pakistan and Pakistani intelligence in the wake.
The Osama bin Laden mission.
Well I think you know David I've been there many times since I've been chairman and one of the things I've I and others including -- secretary.
Of state have worked on it is -- -- two -- close the trust gap that we've had.
Over the course of many years and certainly.
We're going through a very difficult patch right now.
After the bin Laden operations.
Both Secretary Clinton and I.
And the president and others.
I think this is a very important relationship and it's why we went together to to show that.
That -- In terms of our commitment.
We have some very tough issues we have to continue to work our way through and what I -- But I took away from the visit was continued commitment on the part of the pakistanis.
To work continue to work the relationship.
Good to hear this morning admiral we know you would like to pass on a special message.
On this Memorial Day to our troops and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Well for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for them and their families.
The just the commitments and the promised -- never ever forget that sacrifice.
And to look to the future that those who actually have.
Made that sacrifice would want us to carry on they represent the best of the best of our country.
They do -- so we can be free you may do it so we can live the lives.
There are so special to all of us -- dream the dreams and so we should never forget what they've done.
Not just in these wars but over generations.
-- we are blessed as a country to have them.
And it is something that we will always remember always.
Promised to connect to so that we continue to be the great country that.
We are absolutely well just a couple of months left before.
Admiral Mike Mullen chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff passes the baton congratulations -- good luck in retirement thanks for being here.
Thank you David -- can.