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article imageTop US Commander 'retiring early'

By Fortunesfool     Mar 11, 2008 in Politics
Adm. William J. Fallon, the top US commander in the Middle East, is 'retiring early' Defence Secretary Robert M. Gates has announced. Fallon has been at odds with both the Bush administration and Gen. David H. Petraeus.
Admiral Fallon has been at odds with the Bush administration after speaking out over engagement with Iran and on setting the pace of troop reductions from Iraq.
His remarks, reported in the New York Times, that the;
“constant drumbeat of conflict”
from Washington was;
“not helpful and not useful. I expect that there will be no war, and that is what we ought to be working for. We ought to try to do our utmost to create different conditions.”
were recently highlighted in an article for Esquire magazine by Thomas P. M. Barnett.
Democrats argued that the early retirement as proof of the unwillingness of the Bush administration to tolerate any form of dissent from it's policies.
Senator Harry Reid of Nevada told the New York Times that his retirement was;
“yet another example that independence and the frank, open airing of experts’ views are not welcome in this administration.”
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