Why Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs Eric Shinseki Should Resign Immediately

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    by BK · October 14, 2012 ·
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    General Shinseki, the buck stops with you

    The Veteran’s Administration Inspector General has released a report that absolutely destroys the department for spending a staggering amount of money on meetings, gifts, and parties over the course of the last 7 years.

    Since 2005, the VA has held over 1,600 employee conferences, if you can believe it, spending an estimated 300 million dollars. That works out to a conference every one and a half days.The most expensive meeting totaled a jaw-dropping 6.3 million dollars…In an ironic twist, the title of this conference was, “Financial Management Training.”

    But wait, there’s more! Last year, the VA spent more than 6 million dollars on a pair of “Human Resources” conferences in Orlando. Indeed, the budget for the two conferences, signed off on by the Chief of Staff, actually budgeted the two events at 8 million dollars! I suppose the VA should be lauded for restraining themselves and coming in under budget.
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    Congressmen Jeff Miller and Richard Burr have written a letter to the secretary, retired general Eric Shinseki, demanding answers. They stop short of asking for Shinseki’s resignation, but do ask that his Chief of Staff, John Gingrich, be fired for signing off without critique the 8 million dollar budget for the two events.

    Secretary Shinseki should resign. I do not say this lightly, for I recognize General Shinseki has distinguished himself in combat during Vietnam. Indeed, he is a wounded veteran himself, and by all accounts, a patriot.

    However, Shinseki either knew about this grotesque culture of waste, and didn’t care, or he didn’t know that the agency he was charged with running was spending more than a quarter of a billion dollars on parties. (And make no mistake: these were parties, not conferences.) If it was the first scenario, he’s unfit to head up the agency, and if it was the second, he’s incompetent.
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    It is time that the taxpayers of this country start demanding names and firings. I, for one, am tired of the ubiquitous “un-named senior government official” nonsense. I am tired of the re-shuffling of incompetent federal employees.

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    That report primarily faulted John Sepulveda for lax oversight and an unseemly coziness with contractors. The conference itself was deemed legitimate. See the whole report here:

    http://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-12-02525-291R.pdf

    Sepulveda resigned the day before the report came out. That should settle the matter and Shinseki's resignation isn't required. Overall, he's been the best thing to happen to Veteran's in quite some time and has truly been transformational.

    However, he's been on the right's shit list ever since he publicly embarrassed Donald Rumsfeld when he rightly told Congress that 500,000 troops would be required to take and hold Iraq. That was counter to the Bush administration's party line, so he was fired as Army Chief of Staff and forced to retire.

    So...when you see someone calling for his head, remember that they just might be doing the bidding of their masters and trying to totally destroy him. Disloyalty to the party is an unforgivable offense to the GOP. I noticed that the article you posted was unsigned, so I can't find out what the authors agenda is.
     
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    Just another Washin'ton bureaucrat...
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    Top Republicans join call for Shinseki ouster
    May 6, 2014 WASHINGTON — Some key Republican legislators are joining with two prominent veterans groups to call for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.
     
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    Shinseki has played the role of a politician ever since leaving the field. The problems at the VA are not necessarily new and in many cases existed before he took charge. However, their continuation without definitive corrective action is a direct link to his failure of leadership. He has become the personification of a careerist not a professional. His inaction is a dereliction of duty
     
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    He's probably a good man but in over his head...

    Report: Shinseki will not step down as calls for ouster grow
    May 7, 2014 WASHINGTON — The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday that he will not resign, but acknowledged he has work to do to rebuild the confidence of veterans.

     
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    This is a prime example of the difference between military and civilian leadership and a sense of urgency coupled with the changes one goes through as one moves up the chain to the pentagon and finally into la la land. If this incident had happened in one or more medical facilities under the command of then Gen Shinseki he would have relieved commanders immediately and his Commander would have relieved him. But we must tread carefully in the land of civilians, unions and the feds.
     
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    The general had his first taste of politicians long before the current witch hunt. Before the Decider's invasion of Iraq, Shinseki was trotted out as part of the administration's selling team to convince Americans that overthrowing Saddam would take "a matter of weeks, not months," be paid for with Iraqi oil revenues, and cause American troops to be showered with flowers and candy.

    Alas, Shinseki gave his professional opinion about the possibility of invading Iraq instead of mouthing the cheerful party line concocted by Rummy and Vice. He told Congress that overthrow of Saddam would involve hundreds of thousands of Americans in Iraq for a number of years. This is not what the Decider want to hear. The general was shown the door, one of the first casualties of the dumbest war in American history. Obama brought him back as a form of reparations and gave him the V,A. Republican law makers hate the guy because he reminds them of their bloody blunder.
     
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    The General would have done better to be seen striding into that VA Hospital like an Avenging Angel, and smiting local bureaucrats hip-and-tight, rather than taking a defensive institutional circle-the-wagons stance.

    Too late now.
     
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    Pay tribute to Washington...

     
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    No, he hasn't, but you are the personification of a hack who want to take out an opponent because of politics not because of merit.
     

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