Great Satan's Cent Com (Central Command for the unabbreviated) stretches from East Africa to China. It's one big mess of dysfunctional states, semi states, kingdoms fully stocked on failure, violence, young people and oil. Iraq on one edge and Afghanistan on the other and tens of thousands of American boots already on the ground in both.
The Land of the Pure is there in one corner, threatening to act up and out with nuke powered jihadis'. The catty cornered Gaza Strip is burning like an Ipod about to catch fire.
On the north 40 the last millenium's Soviet Union time republics of the Central Asia 'Stans, skip along under despotries ranging from the merely authoritarian to the genuinely insane.
And right in the middle lies Iran.
In Great Satan's military heirarchy of assignments and commands, Central Command is at the top.
Large, in charge, it features all the killing machines, regime changers and truckloads of hurt and destruction that can be delivered on the heads of freedom's enemies at anytime.
As a theatre Command it's often the last or next to last stop for military commanders. And for Admiral 'Fox' Fallon, it was the last, maybe by his own design.
"Although I don't believe there have ever been any differences about theGreat Satan's VP plans to cruise the ME hood hot on the heels of Fox's resignation may be totally unrelated. Or, they may be blood brothers.
objectives of our policy in the Central Command area of responsibility, the
simple perception that there is makes it difficult for me to effectively serve
America's interests there"
And that is the message most likely being read in places like Basharopolis and Preacher Heights Command in Tehran.
After hanging in Little Satan, the VP plans to hit up Saudi Land and Oman which just so happen to host several air bases that could be used in a regime killing regime change for the Islamic Republic.
Even if Great Satan decides not to attack Iran, it could be argued that sending signals that it just might anyway is a good raison d etre for the magical international community to man up for tougher sanctions - diplomatic and bling wise as the last chance to avoid real shooting and to create a peaceful solution to Iran's daemonic hegemonic designs and nuclear chicanery.
If the UN Security Council really wants to pass on a regime change in Tehran, this could be interpeted as the right time to pass stronger meds in resolutions.
Sending Great Satan's fav fan of regime changes and all the regional stirring up it implies, sacking the military's 'good cop' who told Esquire he was pure reason about Iran may convince the mullahs there is a high price to pay.
Arthur Herman, super saavy historian, teacher, phd and all around super smart guy writes that
This is significant. Great Satan prefers that encircled Iran faces a less reasonable 'Fox' and a crazy, scary and unpredictable big, bad wolf
"In dealing with rogue states, diplomacy can never be a substitute for, or even
the alternative to, force. It can only be effective as the extension of force
- force that is a credible threat because it will be decisive if unleashed, and
because it plainly will be unleashed should diplomacy fail.
Force without diplomacy is sheer brutality, the law of the jungle. But diplomacy without force, or the threat of force, is an invitation to chaos - no law at all."