Shin­seki’s back

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

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