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Headline: Admiral Fallon Resigns as CENTCOM Commader

Admiral William Fallon has resigned as CENTCOM Commander, validating rumors that have been circulating. The speculation began regarding the validity of a magazine interview in which Fallon appeared to openly criticize President Bush on his Iran policy.

Among other things, Fallon was attributed to having said that war with Iran was an "ill-advised action." The comments made to Esquire raised speculation Fallon would either volunteer or be forced to resign. Fallon has since said that he felt the statements created a misunderstanding about his goals, and those of President Bush. The comments in the article might not be the first time Fallon has spoken out regarding Iran.

Up until his resignation Admiral Fallon had been leading US Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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stephley stephley 9 years
This is probably a closed subject, but I went and checked on Harmony's comment with a career Army officer: there is no special military bill of rights, members of the military are protected under the same Constitution and the same Bill of Rights as the rest of us. The Admiral's interview was politically unwise for a career military officers, but he didn't violate any laws. Members of the military are allowed to talk about how they feel about policy, they can also get strong indications that their careers have just ended if they tick off someone above them
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
The thing is when you join the military you give up the rights you have as a civilian. The military has it's own "bill of rights." That's why most of the generals have waited until after their tour in Iraq to say anything. That's why he had to resign. In the military there are very strict rules about the chain of command. Since Bush is the president of the United States he serves as the top of that chain of command. No one who is active duty can openly criticize him in a public way. There is no freedom of speech in the military. You lose that right when you sign your enlistment papers. So even though you are free to not respect Bush personally you have to respect his office in public. I'm not saying I agree with it. I'm just saying that's why he had to resign.
BeautiJunki BeautiJunki 9 years
standing up for what he believes and isn't drinking the warmonger kool-aid. Dude bush will go to war over a put down and I think the Admiral is standing up and saying war is the last resort and if you go I he's not going with! And I agree with stephley! LOL Maxim, stuff, gear of or the playboy cuz it's for the articles : )
stephley stephley 9 years
Esquire's a pretty credible magazine; I'd be surprised if the Admiral talked to Maxim.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
This is quite mysterious.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I am still wondering why someone that high up in our government and military is doing an interview with Esquire. If he is allowed to give interviews, how come a more "credible" publication didn't get it. Esquire??
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