Wednesday, September 12, 2007


It's always nice to have one's opinions confirmed:
Fallon told Petraeus that he considered him to be "an ass-kissing little chickenshit" and added, "I hate people like that", the sources say. That remark reportedly came after Petraeus began the meeting by making remarks that Fallon interpreted as trying to ingratiate himself with a superior.
My bold. Fallon being Admiral Fallon, head of CENTCOM and Petraeus's direct superior.

With the war drums sounding ever louder for war with Iran, Israel bombing Syria, and the US and Britain setting up bases on the Iranian border it might look like we're ready to rumble. However, note that Adm. Fallon:
vowed privately there would be no war against Iran as long as he was chief of CENTCOM.
Blog Simple has no way of confirming either story, both from IPS. But if it's true that Fallon will not go along with an attack, a good way to know that an attack is immanent would be his replacement. Also, Gen. Pace, the current head of the Joint Chiefs is going to be replaced by Adm. Mullen on Sept. 30. Pace has always seemed to be pretty much in the same mold as Petraeus, while Mullen is an unknown to me.

Mullen seems to have been Gates's choice, as was Fallon. Gates has been pretty quiet of late, letting GGE Petraeus run amok in Congress and the press. Maybe when he's figured out how those nukes got to Louisiana, he'll be more assertive about avoiding an Iran catastrophe, at least in the background. Here's hoping, anyway.


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