U.S. Admiral Vetoed Third Carrier For The Persian Gulf
May 16 (EIRNS)--Gareth Porter, writing in antiwar.com, reports that U.S. Central Command chief Admiral William Fallon opposes a war against Iran, and vetoed the insertion of a third U.S. carrier group in the Persian Gulf. This report is confirmation of a pattern reported by EIR of a "revolt of the generals" (and admirals) against Dick Cheney's and the neo-cons' war drive against Iran.
According to an anonymous source quoted by Porter, Fallon questioned the plan to send a third carrier group into the Gulf, saying there was no military need for it. The source quoted Fallon as saying during the time of his Senate confirmation hearing that a U.S. attack on Iran "will not happen on my watch." Asked how he could be sure, Fallon replied that "You know what choices I have. I'm a professional." Fallon said that he was not alone, adding "There are several of us trying to put the crazies back in the box." Fallon's opposition is said to have made the plan to send "pointed messages" to Tehran by having three carriers in the Gulf politically impossible.
EIR has, of course, been reporting for some time on the threat of a military revolt if President Bush were to order an attack on Iran. According to EIR' sources, a group of senior officers wrote a letter to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace, threatening to resign if Bush ordered an attack on Iran. [see, April 21, 2006 EIR]