By Sara Carter
The Washington Times
March 13, 2008
Current and former military officials welcomed the resignation of Navy Adm. William J. Fallon, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East, saying he failed to prevent foreign fighters and munitions from entering Iraq.
They said “there was no misperception” regarding Adm. Fallon’s “non-warrior” approach to handling foreign involvement in the region.
“The fact is that [Central Command] had the external responsibility to protect our troops in Iraq from the outside and under Fallon they failed to do it,” said retired Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, a military analyst. “We have done nothing to protect our soldiers from external threats in Iraq.”
Others said Adm. Fallon was pushed to resign.
“No matter what [Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates] said [Tuesday], we know for a fact Admiral Fallon was fired,” said a former senior Defense official who works closely….
The commander of US forces in the Middle East, Admiral William Fallon, seen here in 2007, is stepping down amid reports he differed with President George W. Bush over Iran.(AFP/File)