Courtesy of Peter Baker and Tom Ricks at The Washington Post, we learn that
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.
Former NATO Commander Marine General John J. "Jack" Sheehan, among those offered the job, had this to say about why he and others are spurning the White House woo:
Sheehan said he believes that Vice President Cheney and his hawkish allies remain more powerful within the administration than pragmatists looking for a way out of Iraq. "So rather than go over there, develop an ulcer and eventually leave, I said, 'No, thanks,' " he said.
There's simply no one who wants the job:
Kurt Campbell, a Clinton administration Pentagon official who heads the Center for a New American Security, said the difficulty in finding someone to take the job shows that Bush has exhausted his ability to sign up top people to help salvage a disastrous war. "Who's sitting on the bench?" he asked. "Who is there to turn to? And who would want to take the job?"
If you're as old as I am, you remember the flower posters that asked "What If They Started a War and No One Came?"