April 11, 2007

The Commander in Chief wants to…

… delegated this Commander in Chief duties.
The White House wants to appoint a high-powered czar to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with authority to issue directions to the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies, but it has had trouble finding anyone able and willing to take the job, according to people close to the situation.

At least three retired four-star generals approached by the White House in recent weeks have declined to be considered for the position, the sources said, underscoring the administration's difficulty in enlisting its top recruits to join the team after five years of warfare that have taxed the United States and its military.
This is another lame attempt by the White House to show the American people that they really, really have a plan for ‘victory’ in Iraq. President Bush can dress up and read his speech full of talking points trashing the Democrats while pointing to progress in Iraq by appointing a ‘war czar’.

They have a problem, no one wants the job of ‘war czar’.
We already have Secretaries of State and Defense, we already have a military chain of command, and we already have an NSC that's supposed to coordinate all this stuff. Does anyone truly think that a shiny new White House staffer with no budgetary authority, no bureaucratic support, and little in the way of institutional levers of control is going to be able to magically get everyone on the same page sometime in the next few months? It's a suicide mission, and the fact that Bush apparently thinks that a bit of org chart shuffling will make a significant difference in Iraq is just one more sign of how deeply out of touch with reality he is.
This man is unfit to lead; he wants to delegate this Commander in Chief duty to a war czar because the job has become too hard for him to handle.


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