Bush wants a ‘war czar’

041107war.jpgThe White House wants to appoint a high-profile overseer to manage the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but has had trouble finding someone to take the job, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

At least three retired four-star generals approached by the White House in recent weeks have turned down the position, the report said.

The war “czar” would report directly to President George W. Bush and national security adviser Stephen Hadley and would have authority to issue directions to the Pentagon and the State Department, the newspaper said.

Retired Marine Gen. John “Jack” Sheehan, a former top NATO commander, was among those who rejected the job, the newspaper reported.

“The very fundamental issue is, they don’t know where the hell they’re going,” Sheehan told the Post.

Sheehan said he believes that Vice President Dick Cheney and his hawkish allies remain more powerful within the administration than pragmatists looking for a way out of Iraq, the Post reported.

“So rather than go over there, develop an ulcer and eventually leave, I said, ‘No, thanks,’ ” Sheehan told the paper.

Retired Army Gen. Jack Keane and retired Air Force Gen. Joseph Ralston were also approached and said they were not interested in the position, the newspaper said, citing sources.

Ralston declined to comment while Keane confirmed he turned down the job, the Post said.

The White House has not publicly disclosed its interest in creating the position, hoping to find someone to fill the post before the job is announced.

Officials said they were still considering options to reorganize the White House’s management of the two wars, the Post said.

Copyright © 2007 Reuters Limited

28 Responses to "Bush wants a ‘war czar’"

  1. Steven Horn   April 11, 2007 at 11:13 am

    Interesting – um – George – as you’ve pointed out many times – you’re “commander in chief” which means YOU’RE supposed to run the war dude. Maybe if Georgie had paid attention in officers candidate school he’d have a better understanding of military matters. He could always ask Cheney (oh wait, Dick wasn’t even in the military) … how about KKKarl Rove ? Opps – guess not …..

  2. Gadfly   April 11, 2007 at 11:17 am

    Poor stupid, little Mad King Georgey-boy– such a shallow and superficial buffoon.

    So, Georgey-boy has finally tacitly admitted that he is unfit to be “commander-and-chief” and is looking for some poor, dumb slob to try to dig “himself” [sic] (really, it’s the rest of us & the Iraqi people who are suffering the consquences of his fiascos) out of the sink-holes that he’s recklessly & drunkenly driven us into. Of course, the American people must pay the exhorbitant prices in blood & treasure for Georgey-boy’s myriad war crimes and crimes against humanity. Georgey-boy has made the United States of America the contempt of the world.

    Georgy-boy has failed and failed miserably at everything that he has touched (and thereby soiled)– but, in his sordid and squalid past, his Poppy Bush bailed him out of being accountable for one failure after another. Yet these Mideast nightmares instigated by the traitorous neo-cons and their delusional & easily manipulated Georgey-boy are far to expensive and complex to be fixed by the Bush Crime Family paymasters (Big Oil, Carlyle Group, Saudi Royal Family, etc.)– so Poppy Bush is burying his sorry head in his beer and crying.

    Surely it is time to demand that Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rove and Gonzales be impeached and put on trial for treason.

    P.S. Don’t forget that Condo-sleezy Rice was appointed by Bush as “Head of the Iraqi Stabilization Group” in October 2003– but, like everything that this arrogant fashion-victim and her dim-witted boss are involved with, her corruption & incompetence have failed us miserably. Rice gets away with treason (leaking top-secret national security information to AIPAC spies) and is let off-the-hook! No wonder we’ve lost our Republic!

  3. Renee   April 11, 2007 at 11:43 am

    Gadfly is right about Bush and Rice.

    In my opinion, they are playing for time which is running-out:

    WHY is Bush treated like a King?

    WHY is Rice treated like a Queen?

    BOTH of these traitors should be impeached immediately and put on trial for treason!

    Tuesday, April 10, 2007 – FreeMarketNews.com

    Two former lobbyists for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee say Condoleezza Rice was their informant on sensitive national security matters. The claim, laid out in a courtroom Friday, April 21, intensified the drama surrounding a trial that could further roil a Washington political establishment already consumed by cases involving “official” and “unofficial” leaks…”…


    Rice has allegedly leaked classified information to traitorous Israeli spies, which has damaged our nation. And the brain-dead main-stream media toadies are obsessed with asinine remarks made by the blow-hard Imus??? Jeez!!!

  4. Ray   April 11, 2007 at 11:51 am

    How bad does it have to get before the masses wake up and realize thier priorities? Or what those priorities should be if they appreciate the freedoms they enjoy. This battle between Bush and Congress will just eat up time as the plan continues to unfold and profits increase for those who sponsor GW. 911 is the key to all of todays insanity here at home and abroad. Why else would the administration fight so hard to resist investigation of 911? Why would they destroy anyone who questions the phoney commission report? Why was evidence shipped away immediately after the attacks? There is no logical reason for the government to brush aside legitimate questions about all the irregularities and failures by the best air defense system in existence, and never before in history has there been such combined failure. Why? Because it was government sponsored terrorism and it continues in Iraq and on american soil in the form of homeland security, NSA,FBI,IRS, and a thousand more agencys that have nothing to do but police innocent americans for suspicious activities. Gestopo is what it is. Just see it!

  5. C. Nemo   April 11, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    A superb post Ray and “spot on”…! Carl Nemo

  6. Steven Horn   April 11, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    It’s not a matter of supporting the troops (as the comedian in chief would have you believe) – the finest support you could give these brave men and women would be a flight home – knowing a few people who have been there I’m 99% sure you’d get a heart felt “thank you” were you to do so (bring them home).

    Bush doesn’t give a shit about the troops – Bush cares about Bush, Cheney cares about Cheney, Condi cares about eventually getting laid – and that’s about it. These mentally myopic intellectual midgets have managed to bamboozel this nation and were free try to steal the resources of the world – until they were presented with a congress not willing to go “Oh – ok – you’re like a God dude” …

    Support the troops – do EVERYTHING you can to bring them home – SOON.

    As for Bush – he could screw up a wet dream – how do you expect him to run a nation? Oh – I know – the faith based folks who can’t understand science so they trust in magic and voodoo – they’re the ones who put him in office – yee ha.

  7. PDQ   April 11, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    I think Georgie should appoint Joe Lieberman! What better way to get him out of the Senate?

  8. Kaine   April 11, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Apparently they didn’t ask Sen. Joe Lieberman. I think he might take that job if they would ask him. That is, as long as he didn’t have to give up his Senator position.

  9. Kaine   April 11, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    Sorry PDQ. I didn’t refresh the page before I posted. Your post went in while I was still reading the other comments.

    Anyway, at least I’m not the only one that thought about good ole Joe!

  10. C. Nemo   April 11, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Re: I think Georgie should… by PDQ

    Your Joe Lieberman for “War Czar” caused me to split a gut not only because it’s funny, but it would be just dessert for AIPAC and Israel to have one of their less than sterling intellects running the war theatres in the Middle East. Then they’d be afraid, very afraid…! :)) Carl Nemo

  11. Shag   April 11, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    The Bushies are flailing in the wind. For years they have botched this war, and demonized anyone who attempted to suggest any alternatives. Now they need help? What a group of assholes, them and their Stepford “news” lackeys.

  12. keefus   April 11, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    This is simply more evidence that even the “friendly” rats are now deserting the “sinking ship”.

    Notice how the only live audiences the “Chimp-in-Chief” now dares to appear before as of late are those with some military connection?

    However, like I said, even THEY are starting to desert him in droves as more GIs in uniform now disapprove of his leadership than approve.

    Clearly, Bush is now out of ideas, and he is becoming ever more desperate by the day. Stay tuned, folks, we’re still a LONG way from November, 2008.

  13. brainer   April 11, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    I read the actual story on the Condi Rice/ AIPAC affair and it was dated April of last year. I don’t remember it making a splash in the “headlines” at that time. Was there truth in all of this or was it just swept under the rug?

    Does anybody know?

  14. mojibyrd   April 11, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    What Bush and Cheney are actually looking for is someone with half a brain that they can play the blame game with when the bottom finally falls out of the iraq fiasco…but hey maybe the offered to name an oil company or at least an oil well after the fool who accepts the position….but then with all the jobs heading over to china, i’m sure someone will step-up and take on this assignment, like a good little soldier should

  15. SEAL   April 11, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    General Sheehan Identified the problem. Cheney is running the show. I hope his statements make headlines all across the nation so the public will see the reality for a change. The public needs to know that it is and always has been the world order delusion of Dickhead Cheney that is responsible for the whole mess. The 50.01% that bought his insanity need a rude awakening. But I doubt that will happen. The press, the news media, is bought and paid for.

    I don’t know how I could convey just how unusual, unbelieveable actually, it is for these Generals to reject what would normally be considered a great opportunity for them. A crowning acheivement to the career. You would have to be or have been career military to fully comprehend it. An officer turning down being selected as “Supreme Allied Commander” of the Middle East Theater? WOW! Never happen. But it did – FOUR times! Now, that’s a statement of how bad, how impossible, the political and military conditions are. No amount of political spin can turn that around.

  16. Wayne K Dolik   April 11, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    This just points out that Westpoint turns out some fine people.

  17. Richard Gatto   April 11, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    Does this meant that Georgie is willing to give up his title as Commander in Chief, or is he just looking for a flunkie he can blame if his new policies do not pan out? Maybe he should just appoint a U.S. Czar to replace himself, then he can take an early retirement to his ranch.

  18. Shirley Blaylock   April 11, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    Who,in his/her right mind and with integrity would jump on the Bush/Cheney agenda? Most people know that who they really are is reflected to them by others holding the mirror. Who you are is what you do. Bush is not looking in the mirror. Bush says he is a Christian, but he is in favor of doing as a country what the ten commandments forbid as individuals – thou shalt not kill, steal, covet thy neighbor’s property, bear false witness, and so on – yet he advocates doing exactly that as the “decider” of our nation. Bush et al are hypocritical, lying, sociopathic, treasonous, amoral, disgusting people. Who would want their name associated with Bush and his ilk, in history, in this nightmare? They have shamed themselves and they have shamed us. I take that personally.

  19. Pondering_It_All   April 12, 2007 at 12:37 am

    Hey, I’ll take that job!

    I couldn’t be any worse than Dick Cheney and all his neocon appointees at the Pentagon. Let’s see, first week’s agenda items:

    1) Get the Saudis to fund a massive force of Iranian, Syrian, etc. UN peacekeepers for Iraq in exchange for some of the future oil contracts.
    2) Massive US troop & equipment transfers from Iraq to Afghanistan/Pakistan border region to clean out the new Al Queda bases.
    3) Cutting off the CIA support for terrorist organizations that are kidnapping and murdering people in Iran, followed by apology to Iran.
    4) Shutting down all “outsourcing” of war prisons and pledging to uphold the Geneva Conventions for all war prisoners.

  20. kiki   April 11, 2007 at 10:06 am

    With tongue firmly planted in cheek, I hereby nominate John McCain for War Czar. He, W, and Cheney are the only people in this country who think the war is justified.

    McCain KNOWS Iraq ! After all, he took his little stroll to the markets in Baghdad. Being War Czar for such a “safe” country should be a “lead pipe cinch” !!!

  21. C. Nemo   April 11, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Life has been a slide for him. He’s failed at most of his endeavors and people forget he had to be “appointed” to the Presidency because the Supreme Court failed in their duty to order Florida to do a recount. So the PNAC, neo-cons squeezed their man into office and the rest is very ugly history. So he’s broken his “pulltoy”; i.e., the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and he wants to find some duty chump general to do the work for him while he hangs out in Crawford or goes on endless junkets for the rest of his term while “we the people” suffer under his continual maddening policies.

    When the term “Drug Czar” was hatched during the Reagan era I went ballistic concerning the title, calling and writing my elected reps. I simply asked them, why in the United States of America do our leaders want to use the term Czar? It’s a Russian term for Caesar. What’s with these mattoids that they are obsessed with terms that represent an absolute dictator. It’s as if they don’t have a clue nor care about America’s founding principles. Gee isn’t simply a theater commander good enough, but “War Czar” to me is like another nail in collective psyche of our once great Republic. Enough is enough…! I suggest that citizen/patriots regardless of party affiliation get motivated and contact their duly elected “republicrat” and simply tell them that George needs to earn his paycheck as Commander-in-Chief; i.e, The War President, a job he once embraced so dearly after the Twin Towers fell. It’s as if he’s having a tantrum because he’s bored with his war pulltoy and wants something else to play with for a bit, then break it too…?! :| http://www.conservativeusa.org/megalink.htm

  22. John Hanks   April 11, 2007 at 9:41 am

    Even generals don’t want to support the troops. Republicans want to return to the Homeland Security vomit style organization.

  23. Jason Shapiro   April 11, 2007 at 9:47 am

    Nemo nailed this one. A war czar is just a euphemism for someone else Bush, Cheney, and Co. can hide behind for the next two years and ultimately blame for the disaster. No one with any honor, credibility, or ethics will take that job and it will either go away or be handed to another Gonzales-like flunky.

    The problem with Americans is that most of them probably have no idea that “czar” is a Russian word meaning “Caeser.” Under all the attendant circumstances maybe “Kaiser” is a better and more descriptive term.

  24. Paolo   April 11, 2007 at 10:08 am

    No general in his right mind would take the job of “Czar” of the Iraq war. Would you want to be in charge of a war we got into based on deliberate lies? A war in which we’ve captured and tortured innocent civilians? A war of occupation in which 99.9 percent of our troops don’t speak the native language? A war run so far by a bunch of smug, smirking Neocon couch warriors?

    Congratulations to our retired generals for having the fortitude to say, “No thanks.”

  25. noun   April 11, 2007 at 10:21 am

    What the hell is Gates supposed to do then?

    This administration is so fouled up they need to end the play acting and resign.

    That may be the only way that they can hope to earn a little respect!

    Rodney really had more respect than anyone in the Bush bunch.

  26. JV   April 11, 2007 at 10:41 am

    Why a war czar? Aren’t the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the entire Pentagon supposed to be in charge of wars?

  27. Helen Rainier   April 11, 2007 at 10:45 am

    Why does Dubya even want to do this? We already know he doesn’t LISTEN to the advice of the military leaders who have lived, breathed, and studied warfare. He has disregarded all of their advice and expertise up to this point. No, I suspect, as others have already pointed out, this is just to have a “fallguy” to blame so they aren’t blamed themselves.

    But, even that assumption is faulty because it is well known that Dubya has declared himself as the “Decider” and the “War President.” He will do what he damn well pleases no matter what.

    Hats off to those generals who have told him to go pound sand.

  28. Sonorous Pest   April 11, 2007 at 11:06 am

    Bush,: wants someone else to take the heat, He’s tired of the butt-whipping he continually gets for his [failed] war in Iraq. Barbra’s little boy George wants someone else to take the whipping, so he can place the blame for a [failed] war policy on another caesar. Unfortunately there is no Brutus around, or is there?