Friday, September 28, 2007
Remember the Appointment of the "War Czar"?
Don't feel bad, nobody else does either. When no four-star general would take it, Bush dipped into the next level to find a sycophant. He found General Lute, who told Bush he would lean on civilian agencies to help more in Iraq. Maybe he has. But to little or no avail.
Since his appointment, General Lute's business has been exceeded only by his irrelevance. He was supposed to cut through military red tape to get things done, but no three-star is going to have the gravitas to do that. Especially as W has not mentioned him since appointing him. That shows the symbolic nature of creating the position pretty clearly.