View Full Version : Now Hiring: Czar needed

Nicholas Carey
04-11-2007, 06:29 PM
Evidently, the Commander-In-Chief, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defence together aren't competent to run our ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the Washington Post, the shrubbery's White House is looking for a war czar (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/10/AR2007041001776.html?hpid=topnews) to oversee them, but can't find any takers:
3 Generals Spurn the Position of War 'Czar'
Bush Seeks Overseer For Iraq, Afghanistan

By Peter Baker and Thomas E. Ricks
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, April 11, 2007

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.Isn't this what we pay the Decider to do?

John of Phoenix
04-11-2007, 06:45 PM
Ah yes the "less government is better government" guys want to add another layer of government.

And they can't find anyone to take the job? I bet they didn't ask rummy.

04-11-2007, 06:57 PM
i thought that was the job of the sec of defense. guess not.

04-11-2007, 08:42 PM
I'm sorry, when did the US government adopt use of the term "czar", and why?