Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Why the Republicans Hate Eric Shinseki

It's not because of the Veterans Administration hospitals scandal.

It's because back in 2003, as Chief of Staff of the US Army, Shinseki fairly accurately (and more to the point, publicly) assessed the likely costs and troop level requirements of the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Shinseki's candor and honesty embarrassed Republican president George W. Bush, Republican Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Social Democrat (er, Republican ... but I repeat myself) Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, who were busy promoting the planned war of aggression as a "cakewalk" which would be inexpensive and maybe even "pay for itself" with oil profits (while at the same time denying it was a "war for oil").

Politicians never forgive people who expose their lies and idiocy. Republican pols have wanted Shinseki's head on a platter for more than a decade now, and it looks like they may get it.

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