Last month, I mentioned retired General Eric Shinseki in a post. To jog your memory, he was the four-star General who got before the Senate and told them the truth-- that to invade and hold Iraq was going to take "several hundred thousand troops." This did not sit well with uber-prick Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who threw Shinseki under the bus, and forced him to retire.
As I mentioned in the original post, while the neo-cons are taking the putative success of the "surge" (oh, and buying off various religious militias) as a sign that we have "won" in Iraq, I'd take it another way-- that Shinseki was right. It would take several hundred thousand US troops to take Iraq.
Today it was announced that President-Elect Obama nominated Gen. Shinseki to head up the Veteran's Administration. Have I mentioned lately how much I like Mr. Obama? Well, I like him even more now.
Oh, and I have two more nominations to suggest-- that Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz be Secretary Shinseki's personal boot polisher and valet, respectively.