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.
Here’s a way John Howard could still ensure withdrawal with honour! Having, by most accounts (no doubt leaked to the pundits by Cossie) stuffed up alarmingly by not stepping down last year and now being destined to take the ship down with him, Howard may find his post-politics options limited. Heading up major conservative think tanks, or joining Rupert’s board, or whatever, are not retirement options for election losers. Since the PM honestly believes that success in Iraq is a vital existential issue for Western civilisation, perhaps he’d like to take a more hands on role himself. No more smears from Barack Obama about his symbolic contribution to the surge! The Bush administration is recruiting. The job? Iraq Czar. The task? Keeping warring departments and factions from State, Defence, and the Veep’s office on message as to the glorious way forward to victory. Strangely, so far, Bush has found no takers. How wonderful it would be if our great mate could also get some international cover from the loyalest loyalist udder of the COW!