Bush Names Surge Skeptic War Czar

White House taps active-duty officer to coordinate war effort
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2007 5:52 AM CDT
Bush Names Surge Skeptic War Czar
In this photo released by the Department of Defense, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, director for operations, the Joint Staff, conducts a Pentagon operational update briefing Feb. 9, 2007, in Washington. According to an administration official President Bush on May 15, 2007, chose Lute to oversee the...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – After public rejection by at least five prominent former generals, the Bush administration named its war czar, three-star general Douglas Lute. The Washington Post describes Lute as a low-key soldier who expressed skepticism about sending more troops to Iraq. Durning internal discussions, Lute is said to have argued that a short-term surge would have little effect.

Currently the director of operations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Lute will be charged with coordinating strategies for Iraq and Afghanistan, cutting through bureaucracy that has hampered effectiveness. He will have authority to deal directly with Cabiet secretaries and top commanders, many of whom outrank him.  (Read more Bush administration stories.)

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