Barack Obama will announce the appointment of the first Japanese-American,Gen. Eric K. Shinseki , as his Veterans Affairs Secretary on “Meet The Press”. Sunday also happens to be the 67th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. How befitting that he will make the announcement on that day. I love how many “firsts” that this man has pulled off. Here’s more on why Obama picked him from MSNBC:
“Shinseki’s tenure as Army chief of staff from 1999 to 2003 was marked by constant tensions with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, which boiled over in 2003 when Shinseki testified to Congress that it might take several hundred thousand U.S. troops to control Iraq after the invasion.
Rumsfeld and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz, belittled the estimate as “wildly off the mark,” and the army general was forced out within months. But Shinseki’s words proved prophetic after President George W. Bush in early 2007 announced a “surge” of additional troops to Iraq after miscalculating the numbers needed to stem sectarian violence.
Obama said he selected Shinseki for the VA post because he “was right” in predicting that the U.S. will need more troops in Iraq than Rumsfeld believed at the time. “
And on the diversity of the Obama administration thus far:
“Obama’s choice of Shinseki, who grew up in Hawaii, is the latest indication that the president-elect is making good on his pledge to have a diverse Cabinet.
In Obama’s eight Cabinet announcements so far, white men are the minority with two nominations — Timothy Geithner at Treasury and Robert Gates at Defense. Three are women — Janet Napolitano at Homeland Security, Susan Rice as United Nations ambassador and Hillary Rodham Clinton at State. Eric Holder at the Justice Department is African American, while Bill Richardson at Commerce is Latino. “(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here:(http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28086691/