General Peter Pace, as Chair of Joint Chiefs of staff was doing a pretty good job of keeping the crazies corralled:
"There have been many other hints of military disaffection from plans to attack Iran--indeed, military resistance may help explain why, despite years of rumors about Bush Administration intentions, such an attack has not yet occurred. A Pentagon consultant told Hersh more than a year ago, "There is a war about the war going on inside the building." Hersh also reported that Gen. Peter Pace had forced Bush and Cheney to remove the "nuclear option" from the plans for possible conflict with Iran--in the Pentagon it was known as the April Revolution.
"In December, according to Time correspondent Joe Klein, President Bush met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a secure room known as The Tank. The President was told that "the U.S. could launch a devastating air attack on Iran's government and military, wiping out the Iranian air force, the command and control structure and some of the more obvious nuclear facilities." But the Joint Chiefs were "unanimously opposed to taking that course of action," both because it might not eliminate Iran's nuclear capacity and because Iran could respond devastatingly in Iraq--and in the United States. "
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but now congress has replaced him:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Anticipation of a "contentious" confirmation process on Capitol Hill prompted the decision to replace Gen. Peter Pace as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when his term ends in September, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.
Gates said he will recommend to President Bush that he nominate Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chief of naval operations, to the post.
Pace's renomination to another two-year term had been widely expected, and his nomination papers already had been drafted.
But Gates said some members of Congress warned him that -- despite their respect for Pace -- the focus of any renomination hearing for the general would be on the past, rather than the future, and would be "a very contentious process."
"I am disappointed that circumstances make this kind of a decision necessary. I just think a divisive ordeal at this point is not in the interest of the country or the men and women in uniform or of the individuals," Gates told reporters. "But I think it's a realistic appraisal of where we are
Citizens for Legitimate Government:
20 Oct 2007
We can attack Iran, says US commander 20 Oct 2007 America's top military officer said the country does have the resources to attack Iran, despite the strain of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Adm Michael Mullen, who took over as chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff three weeks ago, said diplomacy remained the priority in dealing with Iran's suspected plans to develop a nuclear weapon and its [alleged] support for anti-US 'insurgents' in Iraq. But at a press conference he said: "there is more than enough reserve to respond (militarily) if that, in fact, is what the national leadership wanted to do".