by Geezer Power …1:36 PM PDT
MSNBC Cuts Away From Pentagon To Paris Less than one hour ago on The Huffington Post
With obvious yelling in the background, MSNBC cut away from an interview with Colonel Rick Francona on the Defense Secretary replacing the Joint Chiefs Chairman Peter Pace, to show Paris Hilton leaving her house in West Hollywood to attend court….
Top Joint Chiefs of Staff leaders being replaced Citing war and Congress, Gates to change chairman and vice chairman
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Updated: 1 hour, 6 minutes ago
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday he has decided to replace the chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff rather than see contentious renomination hearings before Congress.
Speaking to reporters, and referring to the debate over the war in Iraq, Gates said he had wanted to renominate Marine Gen. Peter Pace as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff but then concluded doing so would create “a confirmation process that would not be in the best interest of the country.”
“I concluded that because Gen. Pace has served as chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the last six years, the focus of his confirmation process would have been on the past rather than the future,” Gates said.