George W. Bush: “Won't Somebody Please Come Out and Play with Me??”
Wanted: We are now accepting applicants for the exciting new position of War Czar. Just think of the opportunity — YOU could be in charge of our ongoing military adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. Come on, there's light at the end of the tunnel. The insurgency is on its last legs.
The Bush Administration created this position several weeks ago, with no publicity. They were hoping they could quietly fill the position and then Bush could hold a big ceremony where he would announce the new position and who would be filling it. The best laid plans…
So far, three retired generals have been offered this position — and they’ve turned it down. These generals include retired Marine General John J. Sheehan, a former NATO commander. He said "The very fundamental issue is, they don't know where the hell they're going." He said that pragmatists who want to find a way out of Iraq are overpowered in the White House by the Cheney philosophy of stay and stay and stay until either we win or Hell freezes over. "So rather than go over there, develop an ulcer and eventually leave, I said, 'No, thanks.' "
Who could possibly turn down an opportunity like this? What kind of job could be more challenging? Let’s see: how about being the last-minute replacement skipper on the Titanic. Or Tom DeLay might be looking for a new Public Relations manager.