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Resignation

Well, someone resigned today, even if it wasn’t who we all expected:

Adm. William J. Fallon, the top American commander in the Middle East whose views on Iran and other issues have seemed to put him at odds with the Bush administration, is retiring early, the Pentagon said Tuesday afternoon.

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Admiral Fallon had rankled senior officials of the Bush administration with outspoken comments on such issues as dealing with Iran and on setting the pace of troop reductions from Iraq….

Getting rid of Fallon may not be a sufficient condition for an attack on Iran, but it is almost certainly a necessary one.

Meanwhile, the NY GOP is threatening to initiate impeachment proceedings if Governor Spitzer does not resign voluntarily, while Diaper Dave Vitter, Larry "Wide Stance" Craig, Deadeye Dick Cheney, and George "Too Many Impeachable Offenses To Highlight Just One" Bush don’t seem to be going anywhere. So let’s just sum up, shall we?

o Democratic president consorts with intern: Impeachment, no conviction.

o Democratic governor consorts with prostitutes (overtones of unsafe sex): Choice of resignation or impeachment.

o Republican senator consorts with prostitutes (overtones of diaper-wearing): No big deal.

o Republican senator solicits gay sex in men’s room: Human punchline, Ethics Committee admonishment.

o Republican vice president shoots hunting buddy in the face: No big deal. Victim apologizes.

o Republican president starts war under false pretenses, tortures prisoners, wiretaps American citizens without warrants, etc, etc, etc.: Impeachment "off the table."

o Republican-appointed CENTCOM commander displays sound tactical and strategic judgment that stands in the way of Dubya’s shiny new war: Forced to resign.

Lesson learned: If you’re a Republican or a Republican appointee, you can pretty much do whatever you want, provided you never, ever put duty ahead of loyalty.

Or get indicted. Chasing underage kids is fine – but if you get caught, you’re on your own.

(h/t Michael Froomkin for the Fallon-was-fired link)

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