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wiegenlied
12-07-2008, 01:12 AM
Obama to Name Eric Shinseki to Head Veterans Affairs (Update1)
By Julianna Goldman

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- President-elect Barack Obama will name former Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki to head the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“General Shinseki is exactly the right person who is going to be able to make sure that we honor our troops when they comes home,” Obama said during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” parts of which aired tonight ahead of tomorrow’s broadcast.

Shortly before the 2003 U.S. invasion to oust Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Shinseki told Congress it would take several hundred thousand troops to stabilize postwar Iraq, more than then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had estimated.

Rumsfeld roundly rejected Shinseki’s assessment, insisting the effort could be accomplished with a U.S. commitment of no more than 150,000 troops. He also cut short Shinseki’s tenure as chief of staff, which critics of the Bush administration said was punishment for Shinseki’s testimony.

Shinseki’s estimate “was right,” Obama said during the NBC interview, which was taped today.

Rumsfeld himself later resigned his post, his reputation damaged by the failure of U.S. planning for the invasion’s aftermath and the subsequent violence. As of Dec. 4, a total of 3,395 U.S. troops had been killed in action in Iraq and 30,852 had been wounded.

Shinseki, who served in the Army for 38 years, became the highest-ranking Asian-American in U.S. military history when he was named chief of staff in 1999.

The retired general graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, served in Vietnam and was Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization peace Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He received the Purple Heart.

If the retired general is confirmed, he will run a department that employs 244,000 federal workers and provides housing, education and disability benefits, health care and burial services for the more than 24 million U.S. veterans and their families.

Shinseki will join Obama at a press conference scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Chicago time tomorrow to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Cabinet secretaries are subject to Senate confirmation once they are formally nominated after Obama takes office on Jan. 20.

Bloomberg (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aEjIFng3U_GY&refer=home)
Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2008/12/06/obama-veterans-affairs-secretary-pearl-harbor-event/)

rjas77
12-07-2008, 03:23 AM
Obama to Name Eric Shinseki to Head Veterans Affairs (Update1)
By Julianna Goldman

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- President-elect Barack Obama will name former Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki to head the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“General Shinseki is exactly the right person who is going to be able to make sure that we honor our troops when they comes home,” Obama said during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” parts of which aired tonight ahead of tomorrow’s broadcast.

Shortly before the 2003 U.S. invasion to oust Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Shinseki told Congress it would take several hundred thousand troops to stabilize postwar Iraq, more than then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had estimated.

Rumsfeld roundly rejected Shinseki’s assessment, insisting the effort could be accomplished with a U.S. commitment of no more than 150,000 troops. He also cut short Shinseki’s tenure as chief of staff, which critics of the Bush administration said was punishment for Shinseki’s testimony.

Shinseki’s estimate “was right,” Obama said during the NBC interview, which was taped today.

Rumsfeld himself later resigned his post, his reputation damaged by the failure of U.S. planning for the invasion’s aftermath and the subsequent violence. As of Dec. 4, a total of 3,395 U.S. troops had been killed in action in Iraq and 30,852 had been wounded.

Shinseki, who served in the Army for 38 years, became the highest-ranking Asian-American in U.S. military history when he was named chief of staff in 1999.

The retired general graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, served in Vietnam and was Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization peace Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He received the Purple Heart.

If the retired general is confirmed, he will run a department that employs 244,000 federal workers and provides housing, education and disability benefits, health care and burial services for the more than 24 million U.S. veterans and their families.

Shinseki will join Obama at a press conference scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Chicago time tomorrow to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Cabinet secretaries are subject to Senate confirmation once they are formally nominated after Obama takes office on Jan. 20.

Bloomberg (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aEjIFng3U_GY&refer=home)
Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2008/12/06/obama-veterans-affairs-secretary-pearl-harbor-event/)

Excellent choice!

Too bad Rummy didn't take Shinseki's advice in 2002

marinejcksn
12-07-2008, 04:09 AM
Gen. Shinseki is a great man for the job.

Whatever happens, just don't let the fact that Obama is throwing us a few bones mask who he really is or what agenda he's really trying to pass. All of this is a concentrated effort to get Conservatives & republican-leaning independents to let their guards down based on the illusion that Obama is going to govern from the Center. He's not.

zBoots
12-07-2008, 10:33 AM
I dont think Obama is throwing us a few bones. I think he was reigned in and advised what he was going to do if he was going to get the parties nod. He was never going to be allowed to run around with his DU mentality. This is my hope anyway.

I also think this is a fine choice.

BadCat
12-07-2008, 11:19 AM
I dont think Obama is throwing us a few bones. I think he was reigned in and advised what he was going to do if he was going to get the parties nod. He was never going to be allowed to run around with his DU mentality. This is my hope anyway.

I also think this is a fine choice.

I think that maybe when he finally got the classified security briefings, it turned him white as a sheet...temporarily.

zBoots
12-07-2008, 11:40 AM
I think that maybe when he finally got the classified security briefings, it turned him white as a sheet...temporarily.

You know, probably that too. It was awful hard to maintain idiotic liberal "I like to play with blocks" idea in the face of reality.

xavierob82
12-08-2008, 11:02 AM
So where are all the hardcore communists and Muslim radicals that all the Republicans were almost certain that Obama was going to appoint in his Administration? Timohty Geitner?! General James Jones? Shinsheki?!?! Were these the anti-American, god-hating libruls you all were blabbering about? LOL

linda22003
12-08-2008, 11:04 AM
We're not the ones who are disappointed. ;)

xavierob82
12-08-2008, 11:08 AM
We're not the ones who are disappointed. ;)


Yes, you are.

Because if you can't paint Obama as the communist Muslim atheist homosexual god-hating librul, the wingnuts really have nothing to run on in 2012.

marinejcksn
12-08-2008, 11:17 AM
We're not the ones who are disappointed. ;)

And I believe that's checkmate. ;)

linda22003
12-08-2008, 11:44 AM
Yes, you are.

Because if you can't paint Obama as the communist Muslim atheist homosexual god-hating librul, the wingnuts really have nothing to run on in 2012.

First, I'm not a wingnut; if I were, I'd be posting at FR. I don't think Obama is any of the things on your list.

Goldwater
12-08-2008, 11:50 AM
We're not the ones who are disappointed. ;)

Ouch.

That worked well.

marinejcksn
12-08-2008, 12:52 PM
Right on that one Linda. Obama is none of the above on what Xavier is reaching at. He's just naive if he thinks his economic plans will work. They'll crash and burn like every Liberal economic theory, it's been proven time and time again. If these people (Obama, Pelousy, Reid, Paulson, Bernanke) would actually read Adam Smith or Hayek or Von Mises and just ATTEMPT to let the Free Market handle this instead of trying to plug the holes with printed cash maybe Capitalism would have a chance to get off it's damn back already.

Nah, that makes too much sense. Let's follow the Mugabe model. :rolleyes:

Where's that wheelbarrow for my cash? I wanna buy a hot dog.

Hatejane
12-10-2008, 01:26 PM
So where are all the hardcore communists and Muslim radicals that all the Republicans were almost certain that Obama was going to appoint in his Administration? Timohty Geitner?! General James Jones? Shinsheki?!?! Were these the anti-American, god-hating libruls you all were blabbering about? LOL

Give the man time

lacarnut
12-10-2008, 01:52 PM
Yes, you are.

Because if you can't paint Obama as the communist Muslim atheist homosexual god-hating librul, the wingnuts really have nothing to run on in 2012.

Hey dumb ass; reality sets in when you are a politician. Rule #1 Do what you have to get re-elected. The left wing, liberal, homo loving, god hating, anti-military members of the Democratic party are pissed at the Magic Negro for some of his appointments. Heads are exploding because of appointments like Robert Gates as Sec. of Defense.

BTW, if the Brother does not get the economy back on track in several years, he will be a 1 term Prez. Shades of the Peanut Farmer and Bush Sr.come to mind.