March 11, 2008

Admiral Fallon

Today, Admiral Fallon resigned his position as head of Centcom. To put this in more common terms, he was the head man for the Iraq war. Some people asked in early days why a Navy man was being put in charge of a land war. Fallon was certainly a capable man, but he ran afoul of his own testimony before the Senate, and was reported to be in favor of exhausting all diplomatic avenues before fighting in the Middle East. Many thought that this meant he was unenthusiastic about some administration positions. He said he resigned because this perception of him impeded his job performance.

He will be replaced by the next person down in his former chain of command. Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey, his deputy, commanded a land division during the early part of the Iraq war.

Watch for the other shoe.

Posted by Scorpio at March 11, 2008 06:02 PM | | Technorati links |

In many roles, the Navy is actually a kind of air force. My recollection at the time of Fallon's appointment is that he had the qualifications to oversee strikes on Iran, which would almost certainly have to be from the air.

Posted by: Huskarl at March 11, 2008 07:51 PM

here,watch video with interview
Admiral William "Fox" Fallon ( the man between war and peace ) telling the truth about the situation!!!

Posted by: drwinebrawn at March 12, 2008 06:10 AM

Yes, I knew about the jets from carrier groups being the likely method for attack on Iran. Sort of why I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Posted by: Scorpio at March 12, 2008 04:45 PM

Fallon has said he would resign rather than attack Iran. With Cheney in the Middle East today, does this mean we are about to?

Posted by: Ten Bears at March 12, 2008 08:17 PM