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Friday, April 13, 2007
Wanna be the War Czar? (Or, take my commander and chief job, please!)
The White House must be getting desperate ... maybe they can still rehabilitate Bernie Kerik, because they're not going to be able to get a real, live general to take this gig:
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.

"The very fundamental issue is, they don't know where the hell they're going," said retired Marine Gen. John J. "Jack" Sheehan, a former top NATO commander who was among those rejecting the job. Sheehan said he believes that Vice President Cheney and his hawkish allies remain more powerful within the administration than pragmatists looking for a way out of Iraq. "So rather than go over there, develop an ulcer and eventually leave, I said, 'No, thanks,' " he said. ...
Ouch! Hang on ... isn't the person in charge of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with the abiilty to give direction to the Pentagon, State Department and other agencies ... the president of the United States/commander in chief? I confuse...

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