Sunday, December 07, 2008

Shinseki's star rises

By Libby Spencer

Finally. An appointment I can unequivocally cheer. Obama names Gen. Shinseki as VA chief. Good for the interests of veterans and a fitting reward for Shinseki's courageous honesty at the beginning of the Iraq folly that cost him his job at the time.

"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," Obama told NBC News' Tom Brokaw in a interview taped for broadcast today on "Meet the Press."

This is the kind of change and support for the troops I can believe in.

(Cross-posted at The Impolitic.)

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