Saturday, September 15, 2007
Don't Hold Back
Remember that WaPo article that quoted a "senior official" as saying that calling relations between CentCom commander Admiral William Fallon and Lt. Gen. David Petraeus bad would be "the understatement of the century"? Gareth Porter, in an article for IPS picked up by Asia Times, fills in some of the blanks:
Fallon told Petraeus that he considered him to be "an ass-kissing little chickenshit" and added, "I hate people like that," the sources say. That remark reportedly came after Petraeus began the meeting by making remarks that Fallon interpreted as trying to ingratiate himself with a superior.
I guess that does strike me as a little worse than bad.
On a more serious note, the rest of the article describes Fallon's strategic outlook for American force structure in the region. He is apparently very strongly opposed to a prolonged American engagement in Iraq. According to Porter, Fallon is more focused on keeping Pakistan stable and avoiding a hot war with Iran, both of which he feels necessitate a quick American drawdown in Iraq.
So why is it Congressional Democrats don't call for a Fallon Report?
Update: By the way, I found this article through a link from Corporal Cutten Paste.