White House Denies Silencing Admiral Fallon

By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer

WASHINGTON – The White House on Wednesday rejected charges that it quashes dissenting views in the military, an accusation brought to light by the resignation of Navy Adm. William J. Fallon as commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East.
Adm. William Fallon

Dennis Cook, AO

A recent article in Esquire portrayed Adm. William J. Fallon, seen here on Capitol hill March 4, as the lone voice in the Bush administration who opposed taking military action to stop the Iranian nuclear program.

For Fallon, the perception of a disagreement with Bush’s policies on Iran rather than an actual rift was enough reason to step down.

“Recent press reports suggesting a disconnect between my views and the president’s policy objectives have become a distraction at a critical time and hamper efforts in the Centcom region,” Fallon said in a statement Tuesday in which he announced his resignation as head of U.S. Central Command, arguably the most important in the U.S. military.

Democrats seized on Fallon’s resignation as an opportunity to criticize Bush.

“Over the last seven Bush years, we’ve seen those who toe the company line get rewarded and those who speak inconvenient truths get retired,” Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said in a written statement.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., echoed Kerry’s comment and said, “The last thing America needs is an echo chamber of top advisers, especially on all-important questions of war and peace.”

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