No Thank You, Mr. President

The news media headlines over the past few weeks have not been dominated by politics or the military. The front page was reserved for looking at American social dysfunction. If you missed this story, you are not alone.We know the generals are not passing up on this job because of the scope of the work. If these generals believed the political environment was right and that the sovereign (to use the words of Sun Tzu) was committed to achieving victory, it is likely that the list of takers would be longer. Make no mistake, when high-quality individuals DECLINE to work for you, it is an unvarnished referendum on you and your organization and your objectives.

Sugar coating is not needed here. It is what it is.

clipped from www.washingtonpost.com
The White House wants to appoint a high-powered czar to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with authority to issue directions to the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies, but it has had trouble finding anyone able and willing to take the job, according to people close to the situation.
At least three retired four-star generals approached by the White House in recent weeks have declined to be considered for the position, the sources said, underscoring the administration’s difficulty in enlisting its top recruits to join the team after five years of warfare that have taxed the United States and its military.
The highest-ranking White House official responsible exclusively for the wars is deputy national security adviser Meghan O’Sullivan, who reports to national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley and does not have power to issue orders to agencies. O’Sullivan plans to step down soon, giving the White House the opportunity to rethink how it organizes the war effort.

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