"Quiet Bush Aide Seeks Iraq War Czar, Creating Quite a Stir" from the NY Times reports on National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley's search for a "war czar" - he would prefer the duller term “implementation and execution manager” - to act rather like the Director of National Intelligence - briefing the president each day on the progress of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and kicking tail to make sure that all the federal agencies are on message, task and are following through to support the mission.
In short, someone who can make things happen and make the administration look good in the process - a major task with plummeting poll numbers, especially with the wars.
This has put the spotlight on Hadley himself - who is so low profile - as being not up to the job - although he has a pretty loaded portfolio of his own.
It also seems to be a typical DC maneuver when there is a critical problem - i.e. drug abuse, crime, etc. - to bring in a fix-it person - perhaps to paper over policy or personnel or political problems in one master stroke.
Seeing how commander in chief is the first job listed in Article Two of the US Constitution, it would seem a few words from the president should get the federal bureaucracy in gear behind the mission and that the rest of the dominos should fall in line - or perhaps there will be a secretary of war as there used to be pre secretary of defense days. Will one more layer make a difference - and what authority will this person have - and resources? Who knows....