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11 April 2007

Bush Wants War Czar - But Nobody Wants To Know ...

Today, thanks to MSM we found this.

Gates announces longer tours in Iraq

By Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Beginning immediately, all active-duty Army soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan will serve 15-month tours — three months longer than the usual standard, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.

It was the latest move by the Pentagon to cope with the strains of fighting two wars simultaneously and maintaining a higher troop level in Iraq as part of President Bush's revised strategy for stabilizing Baghdad.
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Then we found the following.

White House seeks war "czar" for Iraq

By Tabassum Zakaria - Washington (Reuters)

Help Wanted:
White House seeks high-profile manager of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

In a tradition of presidential trouble-shooting, the White House is considering creating a "war czar" post in the National Security Council and has put out feelers to some retired generals to see if they would be interested.

But no takers so far.

The Washington Post said at least three retired four-star generals approached by the White House in recent weeks had turned down the position.

Retired Marine Gen. John "Jack" Sheehan, a former top NATO' name commander who rejected the White House overture, told the Post: "The very fundamental issue is, they don't know where the hell they're going."
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So, perhaps the emperor does have some clothes; styled as above and worn at Waterloo.

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Anonymous kiwi said...

I wish he would hurry up and meet his Waterloo, as do millions around the world.

5:13 pm  
Anonymous Rex said...

Say what you like about Napoleon but at least he himself went to war along with his men.

5:17 pm  
Anonymous phil said...

Running out of troops, running out of generals and running out of dollars. And they're saying things are improving?! And some people believe them?!

5:48 pm  
Blogger Tom said...

Isn't the job description of a War Czar the same as the Commander in Chief? I suppose he needs someone to blame.

6:44 pm  
Anonymous gordo said...


Looking for someone to blame. That's so true. And the funny part is, they've now tapped at least 3 ex-generals who are known for being pro-Bush, and none would take the job.

And how is it that we didn't need a "war czar" to coordinate the campaigns against Japan, Germany, and Italy? Are the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan really that much more complex? How is it that the President, Secretary of Defense, and the Joint Chiefs can't coordinate policy?

I think there's something more going on here: an attempt to link the two wars, in order to add legitimacy to the Iraq campaign, so the Halliburton administration can justify a longer stay in Iraq.

One last theory: this may have been pushed by Sec. of Defense Gates as a way of removing the Cheney faction from the decision-making process. But at least one of the candidates for the job has declined on grounds that the Cheney people still have far too much influence on war policy.

2:48 am  
Anonymous bluey said...

Looking for a fall-guy now? Hoping everyone else will be forgotten when the fall-guy (eventually) takes the biggest rap EVER.

12:25 pm  
Blogger Ben Heine said...

Great Blog !

4:44 pm  
Anonymous martha said...

Where's the Napoleon Bush picture gone, Richard?

5:59 pm  
Anonymous tom said...

It seems you hit the nail on the head, Gordo. The last theory you have is a new one to me. Going to have to ponder that one. Someone challenging Cheney's authority is so exiting of a concept, my objectivity just flew out the window.

6:33 pm  

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