Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Perfect Foil

From the Washington Post:

President Bush tapped Army Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute yesterday to serve as a new White House “war czar” overseeing the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, choosing a low-key soldier who privately expressed skepticism about sending more troops to Iraq during last winter’s strategy review.

In the newly created position, Lute will coordinate often disjointed military and civilian operations and manage the Washington side of the same troop increase he resisted before Bush announced the plan in January. Bush hopes an empowered aide working in the White House and answering directly to him will be able to cut through bureaucracy that has hindered efforts in Iraq.

It still doesn’t explain why the president feels it’s necessary to foist off his duties as Commander in Chief to someone else. What, is he bored with the job? I guess that even $400,000 a year plus expenses and a cool plane can get tedious. What does he want to be next…an astronaut or a fireman? Or is this just more of the same pattern that has been a part of his entire life: when he gets in over his head, he finds someone else to bail him out?

But since General Lute is already on the record as being a skeptic about the “surge,” who better to blame when it doesn’t work?