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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Friday, August 10, 2007

Did the "War Czar" just call for a draft?

So what has the new "war czar" done exactly, other than saying a draft should be "an option on the table?" (NPR, AP)


  • You have to wonder whose side Lute is on. Surely nothing will stop this war faster than a draft.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:43 PM  

  • Yeah. I just think he's woefully underqualified for the public element of the post. Remember all the trouble they had finding someone to take it?

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 2:00 PM  

  • Hardly his fault. The mandate was vague from the beginning and it's not as if he has any real power. I never understood why they did that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:15 PM  

  • Well, the idea was to bring in some big name who they could then hang responsibility (failure) on, but nobody big name was dumb enough to step into the trap.

    Then, once the position had leaked to the press and they'd begun the search, they couldn;'t really back down.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 4:15 PM  

  • Lute was very careful to separate the military benefit of having a draft, and the policy/political improbability of reinstating the draft. To my ears he was stating a military fact: the military isn't able to achieve the necessary number of recruits it needs through volunteerism, and a draft would ensure they have enough bodies in boot camps. I don't think he was advocating for a draft, necessarily. He was doing an awful lot of dancing around the question.

    I think that because of the collective public cynicism about the role of War Czar to begin with, the intended role the position was supposed to have (Iraq war fall guy) never actually came to fruition. After all, Bush made SUCH a big stink about being the Commander Guy, etc. etc., it just wouldn't fly.

    Listening to the Lute interview on NPR, I came away with the feeling that Lute is little more than an inconsequential player. Not his fault. The administration of Heathers has little use for those outside the clique. I think that once Bush made a decision to have this position (War Czar) -- as with any royal decision -- there was no way he could change his mind. Especially in the face of ridicule and questioning the efficacy of such a position. He'd look weak. No. He had to go through the motions, even if his game plan to establish a blame-target had been exposed. Thus Lute is politely listened to... and probably ignored.

    By Blogger -epm, at 9:44 PM  

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