Top US military officer watching Egypt closely

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 4, 2011 14:43

WASHINGTON  — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the US hadn't raised its military readiness or alert status because of the instability in Egypt, even though the Obama administration was very concerned about the instability there.

Adm. Mike Mullen said there shouldn't be any rush to terminate military assistance to President Hosni Mubarak's government.

Mullen also reinforced President Barack Obama's call for a "peaceful, nonviolent transition" and said that decision ultimately must be made by the Egyptian people and their government.

As for US assistance to Egypt, which has averaged about $1.3 billion a year, Mullen said Congress shouldn't move too hastily to cancel the program. Mullen said on ABC's "Good Morning America" he would "caution against doing anything until we know what's really going on."


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