Demilitarize U.S. Foreign Policy: Mullen Agrees with Gates (and Me)

AFP: US forces chief urges less military use in foreign policy.

The top US military officer cautioned against ever growing militarization of US foreign policy, urging greater support for civilian approaches to the world’s problems.

“We must be just as bold in providing options when they don’t involve our participation or our leadership, or, even when those options aren’t popular — especially when they are not popular,” he said.

“I believe we should be more willing to break this cycle, and say when armed forces may not always be the best choice to take the lead,” Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said late Monday.