Shinseki Vindicated

Today president-elect Barack Obama announced:

. . . retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki as his nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, bringing to his Cabinet a career military officer best known for running afoul of the Bush administration by questioning the Pentagon’s Iraq war strategy.

When Shinseki told us his honest estimation of the number of troops that would be needed in Iraq, he was fired retired. His boss Donald Rumsfeld, either was not smart enough to know the truth, or else he thought the American public couldn’t handle the truth, and Shinseki had to pay the price for honesty. Now Rumsfeld is history, and Shinseki is ready to help the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have served and continue to serve in Iraq.

One thing Obama can be sure of, Shinseki is willing to speak truth to power, consequences be damned.

And another thing, Shinseki trusts all of us to be able to handle the truth. Nice to be treated like grown-ups, isn’t it?


  1. #1 by Shane Smith on December 7, 2008 - 8:57 pm

    I hope he hasn’t changed over the experience….. it would be nice to have people in power treat the American people like grown-ups.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on December 8, 2008 - 9:17 am

    Donald Rumsfeld thought the old rules of warfare had been entirely superseded. He was wrong, because in military affairs the more things change the more they stay the same. “The idea that it would take several hundred thousand U.S. forces I think is far off the mark,” Rumsfeld claimed. He should have remembered that more than 550,000 U.S. soldiers were deployed to Vietnam at one time– in a country half the size of Iraq with half the population (although the strategic situation was different).

    Perhaps the most brain-dead statement about Iraq was made by Rumsfeld’s deputy Paul Wolfowitz:

    There has been a good deal of comment – some of it quite outlandish – about what our postwar requirements might be in Iraq. Some of the higher end predictions we have been hearing recently, such as the notion that it will take several hundred thousand U.S. troops to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq, are wildly off the mark. It is hard to conceive that it would take more forces to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq than it would take to conduct the war itself and to secure the surrender of Saddam’s security forces and his army – hard to imagine.

  3. #3 by cav on December 8, 2008 - 11:19 am

    “…it is hard to conceive it would take more forces”…When one Wolfowitz, one GWB, one Dick Cheney, and of course, one Ken Bingham. would have sent the balance in our favor without further need for any of the other destruction.

    Ken, my patience is so thin you can read the writing on the wall through it. Pull it out, NOW!

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