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    Posted: 16-May-2007 at 14:47
Bush Picks New General
 
To Act As War Czar Of
 
Iraq And Afghan
 
Campaigns

Army Lieutenant General Douglas Lute
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) May 15, 2007
President George W. Bush has chosen army Lieutenant General Douglas Lute to take up the new position of war "czar" to oversee the conflicts in Iraq and Afganistan, a US official said Tuesday. "Lieutenant General Douglas Lute will be the assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan policy," the senior administration official said.

Meanwhile, the White House warned Tuesday that US troops could get stuck in Iraq with no funds to pay their ticket home if Congress refuses to yield in a standoff over an emergency war budget. "If the stalemate continues for months, the funds are cut off. You've got a military that's cut off, period," said White House spokesman Tony Snow, adding such an eventuality would even hamper a US withdrawal from Iraq.

"You don't have the money to send them home. That also costs money. It's not as if everybody just has, you know, frequent flier passes, say, 'Hey, war's over, send me back for free.' That also costs money."

He offered assurances that such a surreal situation would never happen, maintaining a solution to the stalemate would be found, but he sought to highlight the urgency of the situation.

"Tomorrow's (Wednesday) going to mark the 100th day since the president asked Congress to provide funding for the troops," Snow said.

Congress is due to vote this week on an emergency war funding bill to go before US President George W. Bush, with Democrats seeking to use the legislation to hasten the end of the war.

Due to the delay in agreeing the budget, the Pentagon was Tuesday to notify Congress that it intended to transfer 1.4 billion dollars from Navy and Air Force personnel accounts to fund the US Army operations in the war on terror.

So far five such transfers have been made, totalling 4.9 billion dollars, Snow said.

"The Army operations and maintenance account, which is the principal account covering day-to-day operations, no longer has any funding available for the fourth quarter," Snow said.

That meant that it would become impossible to plan ahead, even to pay to bring the troops home.

"That's not going to happen. You know that that's not going to happen. I know it's not going to happen. Congress knows it's not going to happen. They're going to get this fixed," he said.

Source: Agence France-Presse

http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Bush_Picks_New_General_To_Act_As_War_Czar_Of_Iraq_And_Afghan_Campaigns_999.html



Edited by Spartakus - 16-May-2007 at 14:49
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What happened to the last one?
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There wasn't a last one, this is a new position that the Bush Adminstration made to basicly do Bush's job. He overlooks all the agencies in and everyone involved in the wars.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DukeC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-May-2007 at 16:17

I think it's a new postition modeled on the "Drug Czar" that was supposed to coordinate all the agencies to fight trafficing in the U.S..

It's just window dressing, one man isn't going to make any real difference, it'll just give Bush and Cheney more wiggle room for a while.

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Aha, someone else to blame! ;)
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Originally posted by Zagros Zagros wrote:

Aha, someone else to blame! ;)


I think that is exactly the point!

Someone to "oversee" operations? What on earth does that mean. Does this guy have any of the decisive powers and authority required to make strategic decisions?

If he has nothing to really work with, then this guy can only be called the administration's lightning rod.
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Originally posted by Zagros Zagros wrote:

Aha, someone else to blame! ;)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sparten Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-May-2007 at 12:24
Well if he commands troops then he might do some good.
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Originally posted by Sparten Sparten wrote:

Well if he commands troops then he might do some good.
 
He won't be commanding troops though, it's just another layer of bureaucracy to insulate Bush and Cheney from responsibility for the war.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Adalwolf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-May-2007 at 15:37
Man, how many generals have we gone through with this ill-fated 'war on terror'? 10? It seems every year we hear about a new general...
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Thats because of the rational and well-minded ones pulled out...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Genghis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-May-2007 at 00:20
Still, there could be some good to coordinating both wars, and heck, if it removes Bush and Cheney from the decision making more, maybe something good will come of it.
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Originally posted by Genghis Genghis wrote:

Still, there could be some good to coordinating both wars, and heck, if it removes Bush and Cheney from the decision making more, maybe something good will come of it.


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War is a politcal games, Genghis. As long as those two remian incharge of the political decisions the ones which matter, Heinz Guderian could not win this war.

The Germans also take vacations in Paris; especially during the periods they call "blitzkrieg".
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Bush could be leaving more of the important decisions up to this guy now.  It is summer, he probably has a lot of brush to clear off his ranch and less time for Iraq.

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Originally posted by Genghis Genghis wrote:

Still, there could be some good to coordinating both wars, and heck, if it removes Bush and Cheney from the decision making more, maybe something good will come of it.
 
It doesn't matter how good a coordinator this general is if he doesn't have the forces neccessary to complete the mission. There has never been enough resources put in on the ground to bring stability to either country, just enough to keep anyone else from taking control.
 
As soon as Lute strays off the White House script he's going to get the boot and we'll all be told it was his fault things weren't working.
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