The most consistent characteristic of the Bush administration in formulating foreign policy is the importance that all who present their views should adhere to what the president wants everyone to believe. Dissent ensues the offender will be sent to the wood shed. General Shinseki disagreed with the Rumsfeld view of how many soldiers were needed in Iraq and he was shown the door to retirement. Admiral Fallon, chief of the U.S. Central Command, which oversees the war in Iraq, has expressed negative views about current Bush policies. He will not be asked to provide testimony to Congress on the present situation in Iraq or about future policies. General Petraeus, who is a cheerleader for Bush views, will hold center stage at the hearings.
Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary said: “I know there have been requests, in fact, from members of Congress to have Admiral Fallon testify with General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker, and I can tell you that Admiral Fallon will not be testifying.” Admiral Fallon is in the process of retiring but he will remain on active duty throughout the spring. There is something tragic when an important military leader is not allowed to provide testimony to Congress about policies that impact the lives of thousands of members of the military. But, why should George Bush alter his policies of deceit at this point in time?