In yet another astonishingly obvious ploy to continue their war machine, the Bush administration has forced Admiral William Fallon, the commander of American troops in the Middle East, to retire. In a recent Esquire magazine article, comments by Commander Fallon to the Arab T.V. station Al Jazeera last fall were discussed as he pushed for diplomacy with Iran rather than pressing towards war as the Bush administration has been over the last year. Commander Fallon described the “constant drumbeat of conflict” from Washington that was directed at Iran was “not helpful and not useful.” He went on to say “I expect that there will be no war, and that is what we ought to be working for,” and that “We ought to try to do our utmost to create different conditions.”
Unfortunately, even though Fallon has demonstrated success in improving conditions in Iraq, he has also called for diplomacy and peace, suggested that we are losing focus from Afghanistan where Al Qaeda has the majority of their operations still are.
So, the man who has been described by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates
as one of the most brilliant strategic minds in the military, has been dismissed, simply because he has suggested that peaceful conflict resolution might be a good idea after all.The pattern or relentless imperialism, inhumanitarian practice, violation of international peace accords, war mongering, policy influence by corporate interests, and complete and utter disregard for the values and opinion of the American people (and the rest of the civilized world for that matter) is alive and flourishing in the Bush Administration.