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March 16, 2008


The Fallen Fallon

And isn't it time to give now-former CENTCOM Commander Admiral William Fallon the Medal of Freedom given to all of those who either disagree with President Bush and his cronies? Maybe a gold watch will do. Fallon was described as the only man standing in the way of another Bush war, this time pitting the US Armed Forces, already spread way too thin, and Iran. Of course he had to go.

"If, in the dying light of the Bush administration, we go to war with Iran, it'll all come down to one man. If we do not go to war with Iran, it'll come down to the same man. He is that rarest of creatures in the Bush universe: the good cop on Iran, and a man of strategic brilliance. His name is William Fallon,"
-Esquire Magazine

If history tells us all anything, it tells us that disagreeing with George Bush gets you a one-way ticket to the retirement home.

Fallon has denied that his resignation had anything to do with policy, however, that same resignation begs to differ, no matter how hard Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says otherwise.

Fallon's resignation was "a cumulative kind of thing. It isn't the result of any one article or any one issue."

With the Bushies putting words in Secretary Gate's mouth as they have done to others so, so many times before, I guess the bloom is now off his rose as well.

But I was curious as to what the official White House word was on Admiral Fallon's resignation, so I did a quick search on whitehouse.gov. Here was my answer

"There were no results for Fallon,"

I did, however, get fourteen replies including the word "fallen".

Interesting, huh?

It seems that one has two choices if one wants to be included as a member of the Bush upper echelon: Either one can be a Bush lackey, doing and saying what the President and his most inner of circle members tells them to do and say (each and every one of the Bush press secretaries falls into that category); of one can continue to be an honest broker, tell the truth about what and how he, or she sees it, and either get set to loose their job or just be made inconsequential. In his short stint as CENTCOM Commander, Fallon appears to have "fallen" into the latter category.

Hey, there's that word "fallen" again.

Of course, there is a third, hybrid category which should be called "Those Who've Had Enough". At the inception of the Bush regime, we saw such former honest brokers as Colon Powell lie for President Bush's war quests (something which he has since confessed to publicly), but follow up his acquiescence to the now-failed and then-doomed Bush policies with some backbone. There were many others as well, and to list them would simply take up too much space.

In getting back to Fallon and the reason for his resignation - his opposition to what, to many, appear to be a Bush war-lust with Iran - one wonders just how the President could get t that goal. Surely the US Congress, having been duped by the lies of such a war-lust with Iraq, won't be fooled again. And what happens if the President decides, with the help of a brand new group of middle eastern liars (did I see a brand new Achmed Chalibi on the horizon?) that Iran has "crossed the line" with their "interference" in Iraq? Surely President Bush would then see fit to unilaterally cross Iraq's Eastern border into Iran to stop such interference.

What then will congress do? An impeachment this late in the game might be warranted, but not necessarily a good idea, considering the distraction it would cause. It would, however, be necessary.

In the end, Fallon's departure brings the Iran invasion to the forefront and does make it harder for President Bush to begin his final, generational war in the middle east.

-Noah Greenberg

In response to this statement by President Bush to the National Religious Broadcasters, "I want to assure you - just like I assure military families and the troops - the politics of 2008 is not going to enter into my calculation, it is the peace of years to come that will enter into my calculation," Robert Scardapane sends the following:

Jim Wallis of Sojourners responded to Bush:

On Tuesday, President Bush spoke to the annual convention of the National Religious Broadcasters. In a speech that The New York Times described as "Citing Faith, Bush Defends War Actions", he declared that "The decision to remove Saddam Hussein was the right decision early in my presidency; it is the right decision at this point in my presidency; and it will forever be the right decision." After five years of war, his lack of reflection and, well, characteristic hubris should no longer surprise me, but the very boldness still does.

And why is he so certain he is right? It's all because he believes in

I believe - and I know most of you, if not all of you, believe - that every man, woman and child on the face of the Earth has been given the great gift of liberty by an almighty God. And today I want to speak about this precious gift, the importance of protecting freedom here at home, and the call to offer freedom to others who have never known it. . when confronted with the realities of the world, I have made the decision that now is the time to confront, now is the time to deal with this enemy, and now is the time to spread freedom as the great alternative to the ideology it adheres to. . we undertake this work because we believe that every human being bears the image of our maker. That's why we're doing this.

Many U.S. Christians disagree. We also see the image of God in all those who have become the collateral damage of this awful war, and in the countless American lives snuffed out or broken forever. Also on Tuesday, along with Christian leaders on our Sojourners board like Brian McLaren, Mary Nelson, Wes Granberg-Michaelson, Barbara Williams Skinner, and Ron Sider, we launched "A Call to Lament and Repent."

Rather than celebrating the decision to go to war, we lament the suffering and violence in Iraq. We mourn the nearly 4,000 Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have died, the unknown numbers of both who are wounded in body and mind, and the more than 4 million Iraqis who are displaced from their homes. And we repent of our failure to fully live the teaching of Jesus to be peacemakers.


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-Noah Greenberg