Admiral Fallon Scans the Horizon

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Adm. William Fallon speaks at his office at the U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith in Honolulu in this Feb. 13, 2007, file photo. (AP)
Adm. William J. Fallon in February 2007. (AP)

He flew fighter missions over Vietnam, rose to head of the Pacific Command, then was named by George W. Bush Combatant Commander of U.S. Central Command — Centcom — the U.S. military’s top commander in the white-hot region from Egypt to Pakistan.

He oversaw the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and abruptly retired after Esquire magazine called him the last man standing between Washington and war with Iran.

This hour, On Point: The admiral who spoke his mind.

You can join the conversation. What’s your question for the fighter-pilot admiral who once ran your country’s wars? What’s your question for William Fallon today on Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Gaza? On “smart power”? On Al Qaeda?Guest:

Adm. William J. (“Fox”) Fallon, retired four-star Navy admiral, Commander of CENTCOM from March 2007 to March 2008, Commander of PACOM (Pacific Command) from Feb 2005 to March 2007, and currently a Robert E. Wilhelm fellow at MIT’s Center for International Studies.

More links:

"The Man Between War and Peace," the Esquire profile by Thomas P.M. Barnett that caused so much controversy.

Slate's Fred Kaplan, writing in March 2008,  looked at the context surrounding Fallon's departure.

This program aired on January 14, 2009.


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