The United States' top-ranking military officer arrived in the Middle East on Sunday for talks with military and civilian leaders in a region where popular uprisings and political turmoil have captured world attention for weeks.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen and the co-authors of a report backing a repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy will testify Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Led by Jon Kyl of Arizona, a group of nuclear dinosaurs in the U.S. Senate is trying to block a clear path to a safer, healthier world. That path is the New START, or Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which significantly reduces America and Russia's nuclear weapons stockpiles and provides a sound protocol for verifying compliance.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen will meet with other members of the Joint Chiefs on Monday to discuss President Obama's plan to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gay and lesbian service members, according to two U.S. military officials.