Apr 11, 2007

I Think Bush Has Lost It or Is He Crazy Like a Fox?

The white House is hiring for the Position of War 'Czar' according to the Washington post.

The White House has not publicly disclosed its interest in creating the position, hoping to find someone President Bush can anoint and announce for the post all at once. Officials said they are still considering options for how to reorganize the White House's management of the two conflicts. If they cannot find a person suited for the sort of specially empowered office they envision, they said, they may have to retain the current structure.

The administration's interest in the idea stems from long-standing concern over the coordination of civilian and military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan by different parts of the U.S. government. The Defense and State departments have long struggled over their roles and responsibilities in Iraq, with the White House often forced to referee.
Three Generals have spurned the offer!

All three generals who declined the job have been to varying degrees administration insiders.

Keane, a former Army vice chief of staff, was one of the primary proponents of sending more troops to Iraq and presented Bush with his plan for a major force increase during an Oval Office meeting in December. The president adopted the concept in January, although he did not dispatch as many troops as Keane proposed.

Ralston, a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was named by Rice last August to serve as her special envoy for countering the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, a group designated a terrorist organization by the United States.

Sheehan, a 35-year Marine, served on the Defense Policy Board advising the Pentagon early in the Bush administration and at one point was reportedly considered by then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He now works as an executive at Bechtel Corp. developing oil projects in the Middle East.

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It could be me but the last time I checked this was the United States of America - not Russia! Bush just keeps getting stranger and stranger all the time. I think he has convinced himself that he is a King rather than a President.

I have had two of my readers point out to me how really smart this is in reality as it gives Bush a way to protect himself and they are right. I hadn't thought of it this way.
Thanks Kellypea and Jeff for pointing this out to me!

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kellypea said...

Yah, we had a Drug Czar here in Paradise about 8 or 9 years ago. It always sounded a bit strange to me. He was a US Attorney who then became the superintendent of our school district -- my boss. I'm thinking that Bush's War Czar could then be blamed for the debacle the war has always been, and somehow, he comes out smelling better than he currently does.

Ron West said...

Good post. The current holder of the post is one Meghan O'Sullivan - a helluva job Brownie type.


Carol said...

Hi Kellypea,
That's an interesting theory and it sure sounds like something Bush would do. Politics is about covering your a** after all. Thanks for visiting and for your comment. I hope you will visit often.

Jeff Herz - My View of the World said...

You think Bush has lost it?

The idea of needing another bureaucrat to provide another layer protection and blame for the president?

Why was it possible for FDR to conduct a war on two seperate continents with the existing infrastructure and Bush is not? Simply because there are too many for profit war organizations involved that need to be coordinated.

Carol said...

You are the second person now who sees this as a way for Bush to protect himself and cover his ass. I am going to change the Title to this post. I was only looking at the idea of a "Czar" not at how this would benefit Bush.
I stand corrected.

Carol said...

Hi Ron,
Thanks for the visit, the compliment and the comment.