Just days before President Obama’s first term began, President-elect Obama nominated Gen. Eric K. Shinseki to head the second-largest bureaucracy in the government, behind the Pentagon. In January 2009, the New York Times writes “General Shinseki said that if confirmed he would streamline the disability claims system, use new information technologies to improve the delivery of benefits and services, and focus on unemployed and homeless veterans.”
Like his boss, he knows what to say to gain your confidence. Also like his boss, he hasn’t a clue on how to do it. Five years later, we all know how well that worked out. He accomplished nothing of what he set out to do. Zip, Zero, Nada!
Appointing Shinseki was his political payback for being the first uniformed general to speak against the Iraq war. He was John Kerry’s hero in 2004 when he debated George W. Bush at Washington University. Kerry quoted his newfound anti-Iraq-war-anti-Bush hero.
Shinseki came out and said, “You can’t do this without multiple hundreds of thousands of troops.”
This is what got the attention of Democrats. And this is why qualifications did not matter. Incidentally, despite what the Times reported, Shinseki was wrong about Iraq. The surge was won with 170,000 troops. Not twice that amount like he had “predicted.”
It underscores the point made in THIS POST about the regime’s culture of corruption.