July 31, 2007 5:35PM

Department of “This Isn’t News”

During today’s confirmation hearing for Admiral Michael Mullen’s appointment as chairman of the JCS, here he is on the outlook for Iraq:

“I do think we will be there for years, not months. But I don’t see it (Iraq) as a permanent — you know, on a permanent base at this point.”

More on the meaning of the word “permanent” here.