War Emperor Appointed to Oversee War Tsar
“I’m the appointer guy,” President Bush reminds public
Military experts express confusion, question propriety
Washington, May 16 2007
Paul Crassnerd (Spars & Straps News Syndicate)
The new, extra-Constitutional executive position of “War Tsar” created to oversee American wars has been assumed by Lt. General Douglas Lute, President Bush announced on Wednesday.
“Lutey, you’re doing a fine job,” said the President at the Rose Garden ceremony.
Contacted in Baghdad’s Green Zone, Lt. General David Petraeus, the four-star general commanding all US forces in Iraq, was asked how he felt about having a three-star general commanding him, and if he was aware of a precedent for such a command structure, or if it were even a legitimate and recognizable command under current military protocol.
Asked for clarification, General Petraeus seemed stunned. Then this reporter asked the general if he thought the appointment could have anything to do with his statement of a month ago that the war in Iraq did not have a military solution.
“I’ve been asked to clear all my future statements about the war through White House Deputy Spokesperson Dana ….. Dana ….. whatever,” said Petraeus.
Asked if that were a case of the blind leading the blind, Petraeus shot back, “No, it’s a case of the blonde leading the benighted, who fortunately or not, can see all too clearly.”
The War Tsar position will, in turn be overseen by the position of War Emperor (WE). Chosen Wednesday by President Bush to fill the WE role was Brigadier General Richard Nofzinger III, a former Texas National Guard motor pool maintenance specialist originally from Nubuck, Arkansas.
The War Emperor position will, in its own turn, be overseen by a third-level oversight position to be known as the War Omnipotent Enlistee (WOE), announced Gen. Nofzinger. That role will be filled by an enlisted man to be chosen from among recent enlistees, said the WOE.
Asked by this reporter if that meant WE will be led by WOE, and whether responsibility for US wars in the Middle East seemed to be becoming something of a political hot potato, Gen. Nofzinger replied obliquely. “Well, you got an enlisted man, you got someone you can actually pin something on who can’t, you know, fly a plane into Camp David, and say, ‘Hey, dude, we gotta talk about this'” he noted.
“But wasn’t Alberto being left to twist slowly in the wind so we wouldn’t hear a lot about Iraq?” asked Gen. Lute.
At this point, Generals Lute and Nofzinger excused themselves.
“We go in search of that elusive leader who will take responsibility, not just assume command,” said Lute.