That was retired Gen. Eric Shinseki, former Army chief of staff, walking in the Pentagon on Nov. 20. It made some wonder whether the man who famously said a larger invasion force was needed for Iraq — and was shot down by then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz — was called in to help with an ongoing review of Iraq war policy.
The answer is no. Gen. Shinseki camebacktoWashingtontowitness the promotion of Col. Keith Walker, who is on the Army headquarters staff, to brigadier general.
The two soldiered together when Gen. Walker was a cavalry squadron captain and then-Maj. Shinseki was its executive officer. “Major Shinseki had a great and positive impact on Captain Walker,” said Brig. Gen. Tony Cu- colo, Army chief of public affairs. “Keith is a wonderful officer. One of our best from a great military family.”
By the way, Gen. Shinseki was further vindicated two weeks ago, when Gen. John Abizaid, the top commander in the Iraq region, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the general was correct in 2003 when he told the same committee that a larger invasion force was needed to keep order.
Senate Armed Services Chairman John W. Warner, Virginia Republican, said he could find no evidence that Gen. Shinseki ever officially recommended more troops to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, of which he was a member, or to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
In another personnel development, Ronald J. James was sworn in Nov. 6 as assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs.