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As a navy pilot, Admiral William (Fox) Fallon, chief of U.S. Central Command and the senior military commander in the Middle East, liked to push the envelope in the air--and in his comments on U.S. policy in the region. But a profile in the April issue of Esquire pushed a bit too far. It portrayed Fallon as "brazenly challenging" the Bush Administration's "ill-advised" push for war with Iran--and the admiral's cooperation with its author carried a whiff of insubordination. On March 11, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Fallon's resignation over the "distraction" caused by a "misperception" of a clash...

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