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Vary Bad News: Fallon Resigns

God only knows what this means for the world, but if the reports were to be believed (and who says that they ever were), Fallon was a personal roadblock to Bush starting WW III with Iran. So now he has resigned. Great. That’s just great.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that Admiral William Fallon, the top U.S. military commander for the Middle East, is resigning.

Gates said Fallon had asked Gates for permission to retire and that Gates agreed.

Fallon was the subject of an article published last week in Esquire magazine that portrayed him as opposed to President Bush’s Iran policy. It described Fallon as a lone voice against taking military action to stop the Iranian nuclear program.

In one passage, the magazine said:

So while Admiral Fallon’s boss, President George W. Bush, regularly trash-talks his way to World War III and his administration casually casts Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as this century’s Hitler (a crown it has awarded once before, to deadly effect), it’s left to Fallon–and apparently Fallon alone–to argue that, as he told Al Jazeera last fall: “This constant drumbeat of conflict . . . is 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.”

Gates described as “ridiculous” any notion that Fallon’s departure signals the United States is planning to go to war with Iran. And he said “there is a misperception” that Fallon disagrees with the administration’s approach to Iran.

Who can possibly figure out all this kabuki? The way the story goes now, he resigned right after Thomas Barrett wrote a piece published in Esquire that, while excessively fawning and painting him as the savior of mankind, Fallon considered a hit piece. That doesn’t even make any sense. And even if it was a hit piece, would an Admiral resign over an article? Are you kidding me? But then again, Gates says he didn’t resign because of any one article or even any one event. It was all cumulative. And he doesn’t disagree with the administration’s approach to Iran, even though various people have him on record as doing exactly that in salty language. So what exactly would be cumulative in that situation? If he agrees with Bush, then what’s the problem? Again, none of these explanations make any sense on the surface. For our purposes, the bottom line is: he’s out.

So now Fallon’s out of the way and Dick Cheney is on the way to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, probably to put the finishing touches on whatever false flag operation they’ve got up their sleeves.