By National Security Team Supervising Producer Adam Levine
In Mullen's final days as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs he is certainly pulling no punches, especially in regards to what the United States believes are dangerous ties between Pakistan's intelligence agency ties to the Haqqani network.
Appearing for the last time in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee today, Mullen continued to criticize the Internal Services Intelligence agency (ISI), something he has been doing publicly over the last few days. Just this past weekend, Mullen met with his Pakastini counterpart and warned that a crackdown on the Haqqanis is needed.
Mullen said the Haqqani network is a "veritable arm" of the ISI.
"With ISI support, Haqqani operatives planned and conducted" recent attacks including last week's assault on the US embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul.
Pakistan is "exporting" violence to Afghanistan, Mullen said. That violence, including attacks on U.S. soldiers, has led to the CIA targeting Haqqani insurgents in Pakistan, as Security Clearance reported on Wednesday.
Mullen's comments were part of a wide-ranging hearing with the chairman and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta defending the Obama administration plans in Iraq and Afghanistan. See full story HERE