Dean Barnett pointed out a nice slur making the rounds of the fever swamps of the left these days pertaining to ADM Fallon and Gen. Petraeus. They would like to have us believe that there are deep divisions in CENTCOM and that Petraeus is Bush's puppet while the others would do the right thing and run away.
The lefties at the Daily Kos and Think Progress are both giving a lot of play to the following quote that Admiral William Fallon allegedly (much more on that in a bit) made about his underling David Petraeus during their first meeting in Baghdad last March. The Daily Kos and Think Progress report Fallon called Petraeus “an ass-kissing little chicken-sh*t.”
I know what you’re thinking. For reputable outfits like the Daily Kos and Think Progress to report such an incendiary comment, the remark must be impeccably sourced. Well…
The original report of the comment, the scoop if you will, came in something called the “Inter Press Service News Agency,” or “IPS” as the organization bills itself. What? You’ve never heard of this IPS and find yourself curious about who and what it is? IPS describes itself this way on its website: “IPS, civil society's leading news agency, is an independent voice from the South and for development, delving into globalisation for the stories underneath. Another communication is possible.” I don’t know what any of that means either, but I figure I’d share it with you and put it our there for deconstruction.
Well I thought that was worth checking out so I emailed the CENTCOM PAO to see if they had any insights as to this intense distrust between two of our most important Commanders. I received this a few minutes ago and appreciate the timely response from CENTCOM, I mean it's not like they are busy with a couple of wars right?
Thanks for your inquiry.
The story is inaccurate. Admiral Fallon and General Petraeus have an
LCDR Scott Miller
CENTCOM Public Affairs
That doesn't mean they take long showers together, but it just gets more comical to watch the left flailing about trying to find an angle to hang their anti-war shtick on. Their problem is the facts, and Gen. Petraeus and Amb. Crocker pummeled the Congressional clowns with those.