Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sean's Boss Bursts a Bombshell

The WSJ Journal reports this morning on the resignation of Admiral Fallon, the head of the Central Command, which runs the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and would be involved in a war with Iran. The WSJ article quotes Adm. Fallon's resignation letter in part as follows:

"Recent press reports suggesting a disconnect between my view [about a war on Iran and the long-term usefulness of the "surge"] and the President's policy objectives have become a distraction at a critical time . . . "

The WSJ article goes on to report that the precipitating "press report" was an article by Thomas P. M. Barnett in the April issue of Esquire. Mr. Barnett, according to the WSJ, wrote that a premature departure by the Admiral could be a sign "that [quoting Barnett's article] 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." Read Barnett's article here.

The WSJ writes that "the resignation makes Adm. Fallon one of the few high-ranking military officers to leave active duty amid tensions with the White House since President Harry Truman fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the height of the Korean War."

None of this is good.

UPDATE: On it editorial page yesterday, the WSJ editors seemed not to think it was all bad, either.


Macon said...

A nuclear Iran is also not good.

Jana said...

come quickly, Lord Jesus! :)

Paul Stokes said...

See the update, Macon.

Sean Meade said...

yep, that was a doozy over at Tom land ;-)