General Eric Ken Shinseki was our 34th Chief of Staff of the US Army for the exact time period when I was doing my under grad.
Good news for those who support Gen Eric is that he is to be chosen to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs by the Obama administration. This is an awesome move given Gen Eric was the only officer to publicly disagree with Rumsfeld and Paul, the two neo cons who led US into a war with Iraq and ensured our soldiers were outnubered during the high insurgency days.
Gen Eric is the first among equals. He is the only Asian American in U.S. history to be a four-star general and the first to lead one of the five U.S. military services.
Shinseki famously remarked to the U.S. Senate Armed Services committee before the war in Iraq thatÂ something in the order of several hundred thousand soldiers” would probably be required for post-war Iraq. Obviously the then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz went against him and sidelined him in the Army.
When the insurgency took hold in post-war Iraq, Shinseki’s comments and their public rejection by the civilian leadership were often cited by those who felt the Bush administration deployed too few troops to Iraq. On November 15, 2006, in testimony before Congress, CENTCOM Commander Gen. John Abizaid said that General Shinseki’s estimate had proved correct.
Congrats to his brave officer and I hope his senate hearing goes well.