Wednesday, April 11, 2007

How About A Presidential Czar

President Bush is trying to find himself a man of substance who can become "War Czar". He has approached three 4-star generals and they have turned him down.

"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.

The White House is supposedly broken into two factions; the Cheney group that is responsible for this war and those not quite so insane. Gen. Sheehan continues his comment:

There's the residue of the Cheney view -- 'We're going to win, al-Qaeda's there' -- that justifies anything we did," he said. "And then there's the pragmatist view -- how the hell do we get out of Dodge and survive? Unfortunately, the people with the former view are still in the positions of most influence." Sheehan said he wrote a note March 27 declining interest.

The longer this thing goes on the more bizarre it becomes. I thought King George was the "decider".

Picture a train wreck. Ok, got it? What these people want is someone to keep this train wreck from happening. They just haven't been able to find anyone that can go back in time.

What we have here is a failed policy. Iraq and probably Afghanistan are not going to end well for us. What we need is a new policy and new leadership.

Only 21 months to go.

Jim M

[thanks to The Modervate Voice for the link]
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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

What the hell - why not fire the whole shebang and appoint a real Czar? I hear that several members of the Romanov family live in Palm Beach and maybe it's worth giving them a call. Could they do any worse?

10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's an idea, capt, at least we'd get to pick who was going to run our lives. Both of these Bushes have proven to be dismal in running a war. The Elder could have removed Saddeim during the Gulf War when we actually had world support and Iraq had actually made an aggressive, unprovoked attack on Kuwait. But no,we have to wait for Junior to come on the scene. He promptly invades a country with manufactured intel (and they knew from the get go it was false) and has now mired us in a civil war without a plan or an exit strategy. So, we refused to invade Somalia even after they so disgracefully attacked and killed our fine soldiers acting as humanitarian relief because theirs' was a "civil" war, but we will hang on in Iraq even though theirs' is now a civil war because... am I the only one having trouble following this line of logic? 21 months, it can't happen soon enough. My greatest fear is that Goofball will spend the next 21 months trying to create a situation that will require marshal law and thus suspend elections, etc. Thank God we now have a Dem congress, not that I'm all that pleased with them, but a least the White House now has opposition there.

10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Personally, I think Bush fancies himself as Emperor, a la Caligula.

12:55:00 PM  

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