This does not bode well:

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that Admiral William Fallon, the top U.S. military commander for the Middle East, is resigning.

Gates said Fallon had asked Gates for permission to retire and that Gates agreed.

Fallon was the subject of an article published last week in Esquire magazine that portrayed him as opposed to President Bush’s Iran policy. It described Fallon as a lone voice against taking military action to stop the Iranian nuclear program.

Fallon isn’t just stepping down, he’s retiring.  Which, if I’m not mistaken, allows him — like Generals Abizaid and Batiste — to speak out.

Which could be interesting.