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U.S. President Appoints War Czar for Iraq and Afghanistan

U.S. President George W. Bush selected Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute to serve as war czar for Iraq and Afghanistan on May 16. The war czar will report directly to the President and will work closely with Stephen Hadley, the President’s National Security Advisor. Lt. Lute will be tasked with coordinating military and civilian operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Douglas Lute can make sure that happens quickly and reliably,” said President Bush, “(Lute) is a tremendously accomplished military leader who understands war and government and knows how to get things done."

Lt. Lute is a native of Indiana; he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1975 and later earned a master's degree from Harvard University. He fought in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and then spent most of the next decade rotating between unit commands and Pentagon assignments. He commanded a multinational peacekeeping brigade in Kosovo for six months in 2002. In June 2004, Lt. Lute was named operations director at the U.S. Central Command, which oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff since September. Lt. Lute will face confirmation by the Senate before assuming the role of war czar.


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