(KHNL) -- The top U.S. military commander for the Middle East is resigning.
Admiral William Fallon says reports of a difference in his views and President Bush's Iran policy are causing too much of a distraction.
Fallon says it is making it difficult for him to do his job, though he doesn't think there have ever been any differences in the objectives in the Middle East.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says Fallon, who is 63, asked Tuesday morning to step-down from the central command and retire.
"I have approved Admiral Fallon's request to retire with reluctance and regret," said Gates. "Admiral Fallon reached this difficult decision entirely on his own. I believe it was the right thing to do, even though I do not believe there are in fact, significant differences between his views and administration policy."