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Meet the War Czar

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Posted on May 15, 2007
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Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute has agreed to be President Bush’s first “war czar.” Lute will answer directly to the president, although it’s still not entirely clear how much authority he’ll have. The White House had offered the job to a number of nominees who turned it down.


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US President George W Bush has named a senior general to be the first American “war tsar”.

Lt Gen Douglas Lute, currently serving as director of operations at the Pentagon, will co-ordinate the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He will report directly to Mr Bush as deputy national security adviser.

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By Shannon P., May 18, 2007 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment
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AAAHHHHHH!  Well…this is why. Now I understand why we can’t afford that extra 40 buck a month for the spouses of the fallen. We have to pay the War Czar!He’ll need some fatter comfy’s too. This guy must be really good at Stratego!  We’re hopin’!

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By Douglas Chalmers, May 17, 2007 at 5:30 am Link to this comment

Chad Vader is back. He battles many obstacles in his search for meaningful employment. Meanwhile back at the store…...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wGR4-SeuJ0  .....Life is hard for Chad Vader, the younger, less charismatic brother of Darth Vader, who is the day shift manager of a grocery store…!?!?

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By RAE, May 16, 2007 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment

“...will co-ordinate the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan…”

The USA is NOT, repeat NOT, involved in “CONFLICTS” - it is clearly involved in FAILED INVASIONS OF A SOVEREIGN NATIONS. I wonder how many failures it will take (and how many TRILLIONS WASTED) for the point to sink in that the USA does not and cannot rule the world.

I can hardly wait until the “bully” gets his “comeuppance” as my Granny would say. One of these days, the USA will get what it has given. I say that with confidence because that’s what even a cursory reading of history indicates what eventually happens to warring nations (i.e. bullies).

It won’t be pretty.

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By PatrickHenry, May 16, 2007 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment

I thought the guy on Doonesbury would get it.

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By 911truthdotorg, May 16, 2007 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment

I wonder how big the “Kick Me” sign is on his back?

They must have either ordered him to take the job or they found some dirt on him.

Because if he took the job voluntarily, that automatically shows that he’s a complete moron and thus, wrong for the job.

We don’t need two morons running the show.

Google videos: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition

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By James Yell, May 16, 2007 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment
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Really and truely? Czar of War—-funny I thought we had a Secretary of Defense, who used to be the Secretary of War, until they changed the title to Secretary of Defense, because it sounded more friendly.

Czar, a form of Caesar, the name of a Roman Dictator and by extension an honorific for a Roman Emperor and then a Roman sub-Emperor, none of it having to do with Democracy or Republic (which is a form of Representational Democracy, unless you are talking about the Republic of Venice, which had nothing to do with Democracy at all, but was an oligarchy—sigh).

This supposed conservative party that hates intrusive government, big government has created the biggest and most intrusive government the country has ever had. Intellegence gathering worked fine up to 9/11, but was ignored by those responsible to do something about it(amongst whom were Bush/Cheney) to misdirect our attention we had to form a mega agency of facist intent called Homeland Security and now the “decider” has decided we need to have another obtuse layer to hide the fact he has fucked up again and so of course we will have a sycophant called a Czar of War, since we all know how effective the old Russian Czar’s were at getting people killed for ego driven agenda’s. Hay, God people are you happy now?

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By Billt, May 16, 2007 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment
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This is just so that Bush can deflect criticism and act as if there is a “new” strategy.

It’s like the thing with Patraeus. Suddenly critcism of the Prez-dents war plans are off-limits - every time there is criticism of the the Prez-dent, it is deflected onto Patraeus, and then it is declared that criticism of the war is “attacking our troops”.

Now we have 2 new “soldiers” who will be used to deflect criticism of the war onto the military, effectively neutralizing the criticism and branding the criticizers as un-patriotic.

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By vet240, May 16, 2007 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment
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Five Star General Douglas MaCarthur said in his last speech at West Point, “When I die my last thoughts will be of the Corps. the Corps, the, corps.

No mention of America, America, America.

This further explains the priorities of the military.

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By vet240, May 16, 2007 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment
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Good old West Point. They produce officers that recite, “Duty, Honor, Country” as their credo.

They prioritize there responsibilities as to the Military first.

Shouldn’t it be, “Country, Honor, Duty”?

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By QuyTran, May 16, 2007 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

The 3-Star general bows down to a draft dodger. How’s a big farce ?

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By Lee, May 16, 2007 at 11:12 am Link to this comment
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General Loot. How appropriate.

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By HERSHNER, May 16, 2007 at 8:51 am Link to this comment
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WELL IT LOOKS AS IF, THEY HAVE FOUND A FALL GUY!!!

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By bjtoada, May 16, 2007 at 6:34 am Link to this comment

Huh ...  National deputy security advisor you say . . . (cherry career move) . . . OK, I’ll take it Mr President!  It’s glad I am to serve you when other questionable patriots have turned you down. . . .(WOW, my Pentagon managment skills called on, a job where great people tell me things - well, maybe 3 stars have to listen through the door -  but a job where my suggestions are HEARD and I go first through the press conference room door!)

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By TomChicago, May 16, 2007 at 6:33 am Link to this comment
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When something is turning to shit, you appoint a czar to take the blame.

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By osage, May 16, 2007 at 6:32 am Link to this comment
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Now Mr. Bush will point to this General and claim to be listening to him after Mr. Bush has told him what he wants to hear from him.  Another layer of political bullshit.  We all know Bush follows the recommendations of only Rove and Cheney.  And when Iraq falls into complete chaos, Mr. Bush will blame this fool.  General Lute may be loyal to the office of Commander-in-Chief, but how can any self-respecting military professional allow himself to become a political lackey in Mr. Bush’s Iraq nightmare?  If the man is dumb and or ambitious enough to become part of this bizarre military/political charade, he deserves the failure and disgrace it will attach to his career.

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By Douglas Chalmers, May 16, 2007 at 5:50 am Link to this comment

(a) This dude looks like a real office type.

(b) Why does the USA need “ongoing conflicts” anywhere?

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By THOMAS BILLIS, May 16, 2007 at 4:22 am Link to this comment
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Finally a general who passed the dumb enough test and took the job.As Bush said to Cheney is Lute dumb enough to take the job.
In 4 years when he comes out with his book"I Was The Pivot Man In A Circle Jerk” he will cover his own ass ala Tenet.The Army always has a Westmoreland type in the wings.

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By ShockandAwe, May 16, 2007 at 2:14 am Link to this comment

This move just COULDN’T be for professional gain. Now a 3-star general will be promoted ahead of all the 4-stars who turned down the job and will, technically, be higher on the chain than 4-stars who are already in place.

/sarcasm

I hope John Stewart has something to say about this!

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