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December 7, 2008

Obama’s best cabinet selection

Filed under: Election 2008 — noisetteandthedude @ 9:34 am
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This morning, on this 67th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Obama announced his choice to head the Department of Veterans Affairs: a Hawaiian-born Japanese-American, General Erik K. Shinseki, who spoke out publicly in opposition to Donald Rumsfeld’s and Paul Wolfowitz’s plan to invade and pacify Iraq with minimal troops.

Shinseki was then serving at the Pentagon as Army Chief of Staff. He retired in protest after Baghdad fell. Neither Rumsfeld nor Wolfowitz attended his farewell ceremony.

In an interview with Tom Brokaw this morning on Meet the Press, President-Elect Obama said Shinseki agreed to join the incoming administration because “…both he and I share a reverence for those who serve… When I reflect on the sacrifices that have been made by our veterans and I think about how so many veterans around the country are struggling even more than those who have not served – higher unemployment rates, higher homeless rates, higher substance-abuse rates, medical care that is inadequate – it breaks my heart, and I think that General Shinseki is exactly the right person who is going to be able to make sure that we honor our troops when they come home.”

General Colin Powell called Shinseki “a superb choice… an inspired selection.”

You gotta love the timing – and especially the irony.

-The Dude/Vet

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