Why Shinseki May Be Obama’s Smartest Choice

Naming Eric Shinseki as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, which came as a surprise to most observers, was among the most astute and farsighted political decisions announced by the Obama transition team to date. By definition, a retired four-star Army general is qualified for this post, and this particular general carries a powerful symbolic value because he stood up publicly against the Bush administration’s flawed occupation plan for Iraq and paid a price for it.

But the meaning of the Shinseki appointment goes well beyond any retroactive criticism of the war (although Obama supporters troubled by the seemingly hawkish character of the new national security cabinet will surely appreciate that aspect).

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Why Shinseki May Be Obama’s Smartest Choice