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'''Anthony Zinni''' is a retired [[U.S. Marine Corps]] four-star [[general]], whose last military assignment was heading [[United States Central Command]]. Subsequently, he was an special envoy of to Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 2002, resigning over policy differences over launching the [[Iraq War]].  
 
'''Anthony Zinni''' is a retired [[U.S. Marine Corps]] four-star [[general]], whose last military assignment was heading [[United States Central Command]]. Subsequently, he was an special envoy of to Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 2002, resigning over policy differences over launching the [[Iraq War]].  
 
Zinni's decorations include: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters; and the Purple Heart.
 
  
 
He is a vocal critic of the [[George W. Bush Administration]]'s handling of the occupation  phase of the [[Iraq War]].<ref name=TN2004-06-16>{{citation
 
He is a vocal critic of the [[George W. Bush Administration]]'s handling of the occupation  phase of the [[Iraq War]].<ref name=TN2004-06-16>{{citation
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  | date =16 June 2004  
 
  | date =16 June 2004  
 
  | journal = The Nation
 
  | journal = The Nation
  | url = http://www.thenation.com/doc/20040628/kvh}}</ref> Zinni said America was "headed over Niagara Falls."
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  | url = http://www.thenation.com/doc/20040628/kvh}}</ref> Zinni said America was "headed over Niagara Falls." Zinni is one of many officers that accepted, however, that their role, while on active duty, that they might need to execute policies with which they disagreed. In his autobiography, he recounts that after giving strategic proposals, to the [[Bill Clinton|Clinton Administration]] Secretary of Defense and Congress, after taking Central Command, he was told to "stay out of policy and stick to execution."<ref name=Zinni-BR>{{citation
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| title = Battle Ready
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| first1 = Tom | last1 = Clancy | first2 = Tony |last2= Zinni |first3=Tony |last3=Koltz
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| publisher = Putnam | year = 2004}}, p.4</ref>
  
 
==Senior commands==
 
==Senior commands==
 
From 1996 to 1997, he was Deputy Commanding General of CENTCOM, and took command in 1997 until 2000. As a [[lieutenant general]] from 1994 to 1996, he commanded the [[Marine Air-Ground Task Force#Marine Expecitionary Force|1st Marine Expeditionary Force]];  he was promoted to that rank effectively skipping the two-star [[major general]] level.
 
From 1996 to 1997, he was Deputy Commanding General of CENTCOM, and took command in 1997 until 2000. As a [[lieutenant general]] from 1994 to 1996, he commanded the [[Marine Air-Ground Task Force#Marine Expecitionary Force|1st Marine Expeditionary Force]];  he was promoted to that rank effectively skipping the two-star [[major general]] level.

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Anthony Zinni is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general, whose last military assignment was heading United States Central Command. Subsequently, he was an special envoy of to Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 2002, resigning over policy differences over launching the Iraq War.

He is a vocal critic of the George W. Bush Administration's handling of the occupation phase of the Iraq War.[1] Zinni said America was "headed over Niagara Falls." Zinni is one of many officers that accepted, however, that their role, while on active duty, that they might need to execute policies with which they disagreed. In his autobiography, he recounts that after giving strategic proposals, to the Clinton Administration Secretary of Defense and Congress, after taking Central Command, he was told to "stay out of policy and stick to execution."[2]

Senior commands

From 1996 to 1997, he was Deputy Commanding General of CENTCOM, and took command in 1997 until 2000. As a lieutenant general from 1994 to 1996, he commanded the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force; he was promoted to that rank effectively skipping the two-star major general level.
  1. vanden Heuvel, Katrina (16 June 2004), "Former Bush (41) and Reagan Officials Say Bush (43) Must Go", The Nation
  2. Clancy, Tom; Tony Zinni & Tony Koltz (2004), Battle Ready, Putnam, p.4