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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 15, 2007

Fact Sheet: Lieutenant General Douglas E. Lute: Experience and Authority

“Nothing is more important than getting Admiral Fallon, General Petraeus, American commanders in Afghanistan, and Ambassadors Crocker and Wood what they need, and Douglas Lute can make sure that happens quickly and reliably.”

-President George W. Bush 5/15/07


Today, President Bush Named Lt. General Douglas Lute As Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan.  In that position, Lt. General Lute [pronounced LOOT] is charged with coordinating the efforts of the Executive Branch to support our commanders and senior diplomats on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lt. General Lute Is Taking On A Vital Mission At A Critical Time

The President’s New Way Forward In Iraq Requires Contributions From Across The Government. The President’s “New Way Forward” for Iraq requires greater coordination and flexibility here at home.  General Lute will handle, full-time, the implementation and execution of our strategies for Iraq and Afghanistan, and will lead policy development process for these two theaters.

Lt. General Lute Will Have The Authority He Needs To Accomplish The Mission

General Lute Will Report Directly To The President.  As an Assistant to the President, General Lute’s office is focused on day-to-day implementation and policy development. He will work closely with National Security Advisor Steve Hadley, who provides overall staff leadership. 

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