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April 11, 2007

Worst Job in Washington
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg

Shockingly five years into a badly mismanaged war no one wants to be the President’s war czar.  I was wondering if there were any jobs in Washington worse than Director of National Intelligence or Director of the Department of Homeland Security.  Somehow the Whitehouse has managed to concoct one.  General Jack Sheehan, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic, turned down the job and was especially harsh.

The very fundamental issue is, they don't know where the hell they're going… So rather than go over there, develop an ulcer and eventually leave, I said, 'No, thanks,'... I've never agreed on the basis of the war, and I'm still skeptical…Not only did we not plan properly for the war, we grossly underestimated the effect of sanctions and Saddam Hussein on the Iraqi people…There's the residue of the Cheney view -- 'We're going to win, al-Qaeda's there' -- that justifies anything we did…  And then there's the pragmatist view -- how the hell do we get out of Dodge and survive? Unfortunately, the people with the former view are still in the positions of most influence.


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The amazing thing is this guy was offered the job- that means that he is the closest thing they can find to someone who supports Bush, Cheney, and the war. Imagine what someone who opposed him would say.

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