Retired Gen. Eric K. Shinseki For VA Secretary
Looks like Obama will announce this tomorrow on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
If you’re not familiar with Shinseki, he become a bit of a lightning rod in the 2004 election when he backed John Kerry over Bush.
Shinseki is the former Army chief of staff who upset his civilian bosses in 2003 when he testified to Congress that it might take several hundred thousand U.S. troops to control Iraq after the U.S. invasion. He was forced out of his job within months for being “wildly off the mark.” But his words proved prophetic after President George W. Bush in early 2007 announced a “surge” of additional troops to Iraq after miscalculating.
Regardless of any controversy, Shinseki seems like he’d be a great pick since he has a public track record of being a realist and not being afraid to speak truth to power. And that’s exactly the type of person Obama has said he wants advising him.
Here’s MSNBC with more…
More as it develops…