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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-12-12 08:51 PM
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9. Gen. Eric Shinseki...
...Among many others who opposed the war (including our current President I might add).
New Strategy Vindicates Ex-Army Chief Shinseki
By THOM SHANKER
Published: January 12, 2007

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 After President Bush told the nation on Wednesday night that he was ordering a rapid increase of American forces in Iraq, Gen. Eric K. Shinseki was not among the retired officers to offer instant analysis on television.

But the presidents new strategy, with its explicit acknowledgment that not enough troops had been sent to Iraq to establish control, was a vindication for General Shinseki, who as Army chief of staff publicly told Congress as much just before the war began in 2003.

First vilified, then marginalized by the Bush administration after those comments, General Shinseki retired and faded away, even as lawmakers, pundits and politicians increasingly cited his prescience.

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He was the target of immediate rebuke from the Pentagon leadership, in particular from Donald H. Rumsfeld, then secretary of defense, and his deputy, Paul D. Wolfowitz. Mr. Wolfowitz dismissed the testimony as wildly off the mark.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/12/washington/12shinseki...


Shinseki pissed them off to no end for standing by the "Powell Doctrine" of overwhelming force when even Powell himself was saying do it with 120,000 troops. Shinseki was effectively sacked when he was not promoted and is now the Secretary of Veteran Affairs.

Get some rest!
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