By Aamer Madhani | Washington Bureau
7:08 PM CDT, July 2, 2008
WASHINGTON—The words Wednesday from Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were notable for their blunt pragmatism: an Israeli airstrike on Iran would be high risk and could destabilize the region, leading to political and economic chaos.On Iran's western border, the U.S. military is more than five years into a war in Iraq that has taken 4,113 American lives and cost U.S. taxpayers more than $600 billion. And on Iran's eastern border, American commanders are now openly questioning whether they have lost their way in the fight against a resurgent Taliban.

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