Omid Memarian

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

"Commander Rejects Article of Praise": Why Fallon's Resignation could be important

I think the Admiral Fallon's departure could be an alarming sign in the upcoming remained months of the Bush administration. The months that could potentially bring another front of tension to the Middle East by engaging the US in a fight with Iran. It seems very unlikely, but the Iraq was very unlikely a few months before the US invasion in 2003. Also, I think nothing can serve republicans, in the coming Presidential elections, more than something that bring the national security to the top of Americans' priority list. In such a situation, even though people will blame President Bush more than ever, but that's Senator McCain who will benefit the most. Then who can beat him in the general elections? I believe that President Bush will be ready to do such a sacrifice for the Republican Party. [Update:Or simply he has resigned to be a running mate for either Senators Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. (CBS scenario)]: (Read the story in gaurdian)(IPS News Agency)(In TimesOnline) and in (The WashingtonPost)

"The top U.S. commander in the Middle East is the subject of a glowing magazine article describing him as the only person who might stop the Bush administration from going to war against Iran.

Esquire magazine's forthcoming profile of Adm. William "Fox" Fallon portrays the chief of the U.S. Central Command as "brazenly challenging" President Bush on Iran, pushing back "against what he saw as an ill-advised action."

Written by Thomas P.M. Barnett, a former professor at the Naval War College, the article in the magazine's April issue predicts that if Fallon leaves his position at Central Command, "it may well mean that the president and vice president intend to take military action against Iran before the end of this year and don't want a commander standing in their way."

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