Obama Nominates Gen. Shinseki For Veterns Affairs! ~~~
I haven't chimed in on cabinet appointments thus far because frankly I don't care much unless it's the extremes (Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Feith, North, etc) but this appointment impressed me. To me, Gen. Shinseki will say what he thinks is best for our men and women who serve in the military, regardless of what the higher brass wants him to say... so to me that is perfect for this role. Brilliant stroke if you ask me...
Obama Picks Shineski to Head Veterans Affairs
Retired Gen. Eric Shinseki "will be introduced [URL="http://politicalwire.com/archives/2008/12/05/obama_to_hold_another_press_conference.html"]tomorrow [/URL]as President-elect Barack Obama's nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs," the [URL="http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/12/06/shinseki_slated_to_head_va_dem.html?hpid=topnews"]Washington Post[/URL] reports.
Obama confirmed the nomination himself in a taped [URL="http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/12/06/1701419.aspx"]interview [/URL]with Tom Brokaw for Meet the Press, calling Shinseki "exactly the right person who is going to be able to make sure that we honor our troops when they come home."
"The politics around the planned nomination are intriguing. Shinseki has maintained a near-total silence since leaving the Pentagon. However, earlier this year, a letter he wrote to Rumsfeld in June 2003 leaked. In it, Shinseki criticized Rumsfeld for not letting the Joint Chiefs of Staff 'express their best military judgment as often as they should.'"