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Richard Myers

Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was Thursday's guest. Here are excerpts from his remarks:

On whether his well- publicized objection to pending intelligence reform legislation has been addressed:

"The issue that I commented on [in a letter to the House Armed Services Committee chairman] I understand has been worked satisfactorily in the conference report."

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On suggestions that some covert operations should be shifted from the CIA to the Pentagon:

"There is enough work to go around in the security business that to think 100 percent of any particular mission ought to be one place or the other is probably not right. You have to share that."

On the potential harm to military recruiting from the Pentagon's decision to extend tours in Iraq:

"The force is very busy. One of the things that I think I've got to worry about ... is, what does this do to recruiting and retention? It's a key issue. I don't think this current extension - it involves active-duty folks, not reservists, at this point anyway - is going to have much of an impact. But we've got to watch this very carefully. The worst thing that could happen to us is that in a couple of years we wind up with an insufficiently manned reserve component, reserves and [national] guard, or active-duty recruiting and retention. So we don't want to wind up there."


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