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Obama Taps Shinseki to Head a 21st Century VA

"We have a sacred trust to repay" to our troops.
Today, President-elect Barack Obama announced that Gen. Eric Shinseki will become his Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary. The nomination of the first Asian-American to the post -- Shinseki, a Japanese-American, grew up in Hawaii -- carries extra poignancy, coming on the 67th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks. Watch it:

Shinseki is most famous for publicly contradicting Bush administration officials' overly optimistic predictions about the war in Iraq. In 2003, then serving as the Army's chief of staff, he told Congress that it would take several hundred thousand U.S. troops to secure Iraq.

Amanda Terkel is Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Deputy Editor for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.
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