Shinseki To VA; Carrion To HUD?

Over the weekend, the Obama transition team announced that Retired General Eric Shinseki has been tapped to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Gen. Shinseki was a nemesis of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and he was fired by Rumsfeld after telling Congress–c0ntrary to the Bush administration’s unrealistic estimates–that it would take several hundred thousand troops to secure Iraq.

In retrospect, Shinseki was right; had his advice been heeded, Iraq–and the United States–might have been significantly different today.

Meanwhile, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion told a gathering on Friday that he has been contacted by the transition team and will be tapped for a cabinet secretaryship; in all likelihood–considering his office and relevant experience–it’ll probably be for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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