My present thinking on the appointment of Douglas Lute is that the WH wanted one thing from the creation of the position and has ended up with something else. Philip Zellikow said on the Newshour yesterday that the idea was to creat a senior MILITARY assistant to the president who would enable Bush to intevene directly in the operational details of the two wars and to enforce his will among the departments of government. The theory among the faithful evidently is that the lack of PERSONAL direction from the "commander guy" is what is wrong with the conduct of these wars. It is true that you can’t "drive" the military machine if you don’t understand it. Bush does not. I suppose the idea was to come up with something alike in function to OKW.
It is not evident to me that in LTG Lute, the faithful got what they were looking for. pl