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    Fallon resigns as chief of U.S. forces in Middle East

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Adm. William Fallon has resigned as chief of U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia after more than a year in the post, citing what he called an inaccurate perception that he is at odds with the Bush administration over Iran.

    Fallon, the head of U.S. Central Command, was the subject of a recent Esquire magazine profile that portrayed him as resisting pressure for military action against Iran, which the Bush administration accuses of trying to develop nuclear weapons.

    In a written statement, he said the article's "disrespect for the president" and "resulting embarrassment" have become a distraction.

    "Although I don't believe there have ever been any differences about the objectives of our policy in the Central Command area of responsibility, the simple perception that there is makes it difficult for me to effectively serve America's interests there," he said.

    In Washington, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters at the Pentagon that he accepted Fallon's resignation "with reluctance and regret."

    But he added, "I think it's the right decision."

    "We have tried between us to put this misperception behind us over a period of months, and, frankly, just have not been successful in doing so," he said.

    Fallon, a 41-year veteran of the Navy, took over as chief of Central Command in early 2007. Gates said he will be replaced by Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey, his deputy, who commanded an Army division in Iraq in the early days of the war and led efforts to train the Iraqi military.
    This kind of reminds me of Powell.
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    I hope his replacement is competent, levelheaded and diplomatic. Having the command over operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as avoiding conflict with Iran is one heck of a tall order. Not to mention having to deal with the current administration and plan for dealing with which administration comes to power next January.

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    This kind of reminds me of Powell.
    Nah Powell turned out to be an idiot who would just repeat lies .
    This general is slightly different .
    He opposes the course towards Iran , OK thats fairly sensible .
    He thinks Afghanistan is more important , OK thats sensible .
    He opposed the "surge" in Iraq ...well thats just dumb isn't it...errrr hold on as that can't be right , the "surge" is a rip roaring flag waving success .

    Lets see if I can try that one again.

    He opposed the "surge" in Iraq , as the troop levelswere too low and would be unsustainable in the long term , plus it required the dual approach of political development to succeed and that was not going to happen...oh and it wasted resources that should have been focused on Afghanistan(that last bit applies tothe whole Iraqi episode really doesn't it)....
    So OK scratch the well thats just dumb isn't it line and give it a "OK thats sensible" instead .

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    I'd like some more information on this man, he seems like a great soldier form the little I've read. Does anyone have any links ?
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    Gah, I smell spin, spin and more spin, here. Considering the administration usually backs its chosen ones to the hilt even in the face of outright proof of impropriety, then letting such an able man resign over mere "misperceptions" does not entirely convince... but I can accept he's an honourable man who would not wish to embarrass his CinC even if there was a profound disagreement behind the scenes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinan
    I'd like some more information on this man, he seems like a great soldier form the little I've read. Does anyone have any links ?
    Here is the Esquire magazine article in question, which fleshes out this rather drab US Navy Bio of him.

    On active duty since 1967, he's a naval fly-guy & got civilian education in international relations.

    The story is beginning to sound quite a bit like the General Shinseki episode a few years back.
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    I'm not buying it, I think he was told to resign. It's a pattern seen too many times: Disagree with the administration, get your walking papers.

    Anyone know anything about Gen. Dempsey? Is he a yes-man? I hope this isn't the first step towards a Persian excursion.
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    Default Re: Chief of US forces in the Middle East/Central Asia Resigns

    Of course he was told to resign his rethoric says it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drone

    Anyone know anything about Gen. Dempsey? Is he a yes-man? I hope this isn't the first step towards a Persian excursion.
    Active duty since 1974. Tanker-guy (armor), has been in Iraq off and on since Desert Storm in the 90's. I just watched a press briefing he gave in Dec 2006 (a month before the surge was announced) - he was in charge of training up Iraqi police & military forces at the time. He had plenty of chances to blame "Iranian outsiders" as a factor slowing down his progress, but didn't (unlike the civilian leadership, at the time), instead focusing on Iraqi resolve and political will.

    He didn't strike me as a yes-man, or as a particularly 'pro-invasion of Iran' guy.

    OTOH, he was slated to soon take over USArmy-Europe as a 4-star general. So he may be only temporary at CENTCOM, until the big bosses dig up someone else for the Senate to confirm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KukriKhan
    Here is the Esquire magazine article in question, which fleshes out this rather drab US Navy Bio of him.

    On active duty since 1967, he's a naval fly-guy & got civilian education in international relations.

    The story is beginning to sound quite a bit like the General Shinseki episode a few years back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KukriKhan
    Here is the Esquire magazine article in question, which fleshes out this rather drab US Navy Bio of him.

    On active duty since 1967, he's a naval fly-guy & got civilian education in international relations.

    The story is beginning to sound quite a bit like the General Shinseki episode a few years back.
    Ooh, yes. Good comparison between him and the guy who gave us the beret and wanted to get rid of tanks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KukriKhan
    The story is beginning to sound quite a bit like the General Shinseki episode a few years back.
    From your link:
    Contrary to Democratic candidate John Kerry's claim, in the first debate of the 2004 presidential election, Shinseki was not "retired" for his testimony before Congress. His official term as Chief of the Army ended four months later and he retired as scheduled.
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