Yet another leak out of the White House: President Bush has quietly been searching for what could be called, for lack of a better term, a “war czar” to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

That official would have the title assistant to the president, report directly to Bush and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and have the authority to issue instructions to the departments of Defense and State and other agencies.

Bush had hoped to have somebody already lined up so he could, as he likes to do, spring a surprise announcement. But, according to The Washington Post, which broke the story, after a search of some weeks the White House has yet to find someone willing to take the job and has been turned down by at least three generals.

Only one of the three, retired Marine Gen. Jack Sheehan, was willing to speak to the Post about why he turned down the job and his reasons for doing so are profoundly troubling.

According to the Post, “Sheehan said he believes Vice President Cheney and his hawkish allies remain more powerful within the administration than pragmatists looking for a way to get out of Iraq. ‘So rather than go over there, develop an ulcer and eventually leave, I said, No, thanks.’ ”

If not an actual czar, the White House still has to find someone to concentrate on the wars because the staffer who does that now, deputy national security adviser Meghan O’Sullivan, has announced her departure.

Without a commitment to a change of direction in the war, Bush may find it hard to find someone with the stature and the clout to override turf issues and do battle with the vice president’s office. The idea of a war czar would have been a good one — four years ago.



  1. Isn’t that the job of the pentagon and joint chiefs of staff and generals of the services? If the pentagon with its zillion dollar budget can’t run the wars, how could one man do any better? Watch Henry Kissenger come out of the woodwork and apply for the job.

    Whats so hard about running the wars? If I got the job it would be easy. First command would be ” Load up Boys, were heading home”! Second command would be for Hallibarton to clean up all the DU and then write em a rubber check. Third command would be for Israel to take care of its own problems and stay away from America.

  2. A shallow little man with a shallow mind, what next? How about a Czar for Commander in chief?

    Good GOD this man needs a mental hospital in Texas to care for his broken mind.

  3. Why not hire a mexican? They do all of the other jobs that americans don’t want and they work cheap.

  4. yeah – couple lines of blow, few shots of JD and Georgie is all ready to go play brave ….

    Mommy …… the big kids are being mean to me!

  5. “Commander in Chief” is too big a job for such a small man.

    I can’t get the image out of my mind. That of Shrub wearing shoes 9 sizes too big and the sleeves of his suit coat hanging way down below his fingertips. Neck tie dragging on the ground, and him standing in front of the mirror thinking how grown up he looks.

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