The announcement that retired Army chief of staff Eric Shinseki will be President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of veterans affairs has energized one of the most enduring myths of the Bush presidency. Among the media coverage in recent days: Gen. Shinseki "clashed with the Bush administration on its Iraq war strategy" (Associated Press). In "questioning the Pentagon's Iraq war strategy" (The Post), Shinseki "warn[ed] that far more troops would be needed than the Pentagon had committed" (New York Times). For his candor, he was "vilified" (Boston Globe) by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.He goes on to thoroughly review the myth. Well worth your time.
Shinseki has a chance during his confirmation hearings to set the record straight: None of those statements is correct.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Lawrence Di Rita brings up some good points about Shinseki - and why he has to make the effort to clear the air.