Fallon Gets Bashful

Apparently Centcom commander Admiral William Fallon has distanced himself from Thomas Barnett’s glowing Esquire profile. That’s probably because by contrasting Fallon’s clear-sighted strategic vision with the war goggles through which the Bush adminstration is viewing the region, it probably raised the temperature a few degrees on the Admiral’s hot seat. Too bad, because Fallon really does seem to have a folk wisdom about how to handle some of the region’s trouble spots that in its simplicity offers more substance than some of the more soaring diplomatic initiatives I’ve seen proposed elsewhere. Here he is on Iran: “Tehran’s feeling pretty cocky […]

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