CENTCOM Commander Sends Mixed Messages
"Head of the US Central Command Admiral William Fallon has reiterated that Washington will not seek 'a military strategy' against Iran."
"CAIRO, Egypt — The Iranians need to realize that the U.S. is ready to stand up to them and the region is concerned about their radical rhetoric, the top American commander in the Middle East said Sunday.
Speaking at a press conference in Cairo with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Central Command chief Adm.William J. Fallon said that Iran’s behavior since he assumed his post eight months earlier has not been helpful.
“I don’t want the Iranians to make a mistake and feel that we are afraid of them or not willing to stand up for things that we should in this region,” he said."
Alarm bells were ringing back in January when Bush nominated Fallon as top dog at Central Command, which manages the empire's adventures in the middle east and south asia. He was the first naval officer to hold that position and with his naval aviation background will be perfectly suited to oversee an air war on Iran.
His background showed him to be a go-to fall on his sword type career oficer, just another loyal insider toady that the Bushistas surround themselves with. Fallon was at the forefront in the military's fight to keep the naval munitions training at Vieques island in Puerto Rico, He was sent to Japan to smooth things over when "guest" joyriders in the submarine USS Greeneville sank that fishing boat and killed some crew. It's interesting to note that Fallon replaced General Abizaid as commander, who adamantly opposed troop buildup in Iraq. Does anyone think the Bushistas would have installed someone with recalcitrant attitudes toward their little wars?
A lot of people are taken in by the guy's reassuring words that war with Iran won't happen on his watch. I don't trust a word he says. After all he was the boss of the saintly General Petraeus who spewed that garbage about Iraq occupation strategy in September, and with the Bushistas the chain of command speaks with one voice or you're out of there.