The Daily Show demystifies Bush's war 'czar' job
David Edwards and Mike Sheehan
Published: Friday April 13, 2007
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On Thursday's Daily Show, Jon Stewart took aim at President Bush's "airing of the platitudes."

"It matters what happens in distant lands," President Bush is shown saying in an address. Stewart remarks, "Of course that seems obvious to many people, but he just found that out."

Stewart also tries demystifying Bush's search for a war czar. "So there you have it, folks: five years into the global war on terror, the President believes it is now time for someone to be in charge of it." As the Washington Post recently reported, "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."

The paper reported that at least three retired generals approched by the administration have taken themselves out of consideration for the position, according to sources. The cold shoulders underscore the White House'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."