Fallon Resigns as Mideast Military Chief

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Pentagon (AP) The Pentagon says it's too early to speculate on who will replace Admiral William Fallon as the top military commander in the middle east.

Fallon resigned yesterday amid reports that he disagreed with administration policy on Iran. The pentagon says he wasn't pushed out.

The White House says it isn't so but the resignation has sparked charges the Bush administration can't tolerate dissent.

Admiral William Fallon's abrupt departure as the head of central command follows an Esquire magazine article portraying him as a lone holdout against military action to stop Iran's nuclear program. The White House has called that article “inaccurate.”
But top democrats suspect otherwise.

Senate Leader Harry Reid says the move shows again an administration that rejects independent views.

Central command is considered one of the most important jobs in the military because it oversees all the mideast including Iraq and Afghanistan.

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