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Obama continues to impress with the Shinseki pick

Obama hit another homerun with a recent pick for the Veteran’s Affairs cabinet position. General Eric Shinseki, retired four-star general; a man who suffered a terrible dishoner at the hands of Donald Rumsfeld.

Shinseki has a reputation for astute and honest analysis, as well as honorable behavior. He testified as to his belief that more troops were originally needed to pacify Iraq and was summarily dismissed by a feckless Rumsfeld.  See my link below. Shinseki, when in the past questioned as to his opinion on the troubles in Iraq and how he’d seemingly made the right call on troop levels, stated: ” I can’t comment while my troops are over there bleeding.” Vae Victus, Sir.

I don’t know if the nature of Obama’s picks will carry to his choices while in office. He’s staunchly in favor of abortion rights, an ideology which I’m sure will be overwatched by his not-so-shy wife. But, let’s be honest:  Abortion continued to be legal through the Reagan, Bush, Bush presidencies, too.


General Eric Shinseki

Gen. Eric ShinsekiThey told us that we couldn’t win in Iraq. The Left wanted us to lose, because in doing so, their own belief that “war is never the answer” could be ratified.

So ingrained is this belief, that the Left will ally itself with the most vicious tyrants and psychopaths the world now knows, all in an effort to prove that their mythology is reality. So bathed in their own rhetoric and spoiled by America’s safety, they’ll justify the worst of our enemies’ atrocities while pointing fingers and stomping feet at what amounts to frat-house injustice.

Even worse then the Left’s ideologies are its shameless partisan demagogues. The disgusting display produced by Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton during Gen David Patraeus’ testimony on the troop surge’s effectiveness was shameful. That anyone would vote for Hillary Clinton after that is even more shameful.

Two years ago, we couldn’t win this war. Then, when we changed our tactics, and began to take control of Iraq, we shouldn’t win this war. Despite our victory and the destruction of the worst regime on the planet, the Left’s incurable disease persists: They define America by its failures, and ignore all of its greatness.

It should not have been as difficult as it was. This article is dedicated to retired 4-star General Eric Shinseki. Shinseki testified before Congress prior to the war. He stated that several hundred-thousand troops would be needed to fight and pacify the nation of Iraq. He was right, as has now been admitted in more recent congressional testimony. Shinseki was treated like dirt by Donald Rumsfeld and his ilk. There can be little defence for Rumsfeld through this whole war. His doctrine was wrong. Shinseki’s was correct, but Rumsfeld’s forceful arrogance won the day–and cost American lives.

Shinseki is the man few know about. Quiet, confident and posting a resume containing a Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts, he served with all honor in the crucibles of Vietnam and Bosnia, finally reaching the position of Chief of Staff in 1999. Shinseki is the first Asian-American to be promoted to 4-Star General.

Here is Shinseki’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2003:

SEN. LEVIN: General Shinseki, could you give us some idea as to the magnitude of the Army’s force requirement for an occupation of Iraq following a successful completion of the war?

GEN. SHINSEKI: In specific numbers, I would have to rely on combatant commanders’ exact requirements. But I think —

SEN. LEVIN: How about a range?

GEN. SHINSEKI: I would say that what’s been mobilized to this point — something on the order of several hundred thousand soldiers are probably, you know, a figure that would be required. We’re talking about post-hostilities control over a piece of geography that’s fairly significant, with the kinds of ethnic tensions that could lead to other problems. And so it takes a significant ground- force presence.

But Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz stated that those estimates were way off the mark.

Here is Wolfowitz’s testimony:

DEP. SEC. WOLFOWITZ: There has been a good deal of comment – some of it quite outlandish – about what our postwar requirements might be in Iraq. Some of the higher end predictions we have been hearing recently, such as the notion that it will take several hundred thousand U.S. troops to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq, are wildly off the mark. It is hard to conceive that it would take more forces to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq than it would take to conduct the war itself and to secure the surrender of Saddam’s security forces and his army – hard to imagine.

The troop surge worked, much to the ire of Liberal and Neo-Con alike.
So, here’s to you, General Shinseki. You were right. They were wrong.


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