CentCom Chief Fallon: Petraeus Is "An Ass-Kissing, Little Chickensh*t"

This post, written by Satyam Khanna, originally appeared on Think Progress

During the Iraq war, the Central Command (CENTCOM) head -- who leads U.S. operations in the entire Middle East region -- and the Multinational Force Commander (MNF) have regularly testified together about the course of the war in Iraq.

Former-MNF Commander Gen. George Casey and his CENTCOM Commander Gen. John Abizaid constantly briefed Congress about the situation in Iraq and its regional effects. In at least four public hearings after Casey took office in 2004, the pair testified together:
Senate Armed Services [6/23/05]
House Armed Services [6/23/05]
House Armed Services [9/29/05]
Senate Armed Services [9/29/05]
In January, President Bush replaced Abizaid and Casey, who were "surge" skeptics, with Adm. William Fallon and Gen. David Petraeus. This week, Petraeus -- in the first public hearings since taking on his new role -- delivered his Iraq assessment to great media fanfare. But where was his boss, Admiral Fallon? Inter-Press Service suggests animosity between the two might be one reason for Fallon's absence:

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