I was pleased to hear that, after the utterly wretched way that the man was made a byword and a hissing by the LoyalBushies for telling the truth to power about war and occupation, Eric Shinseki has been appointed to the position of Secretary of Veteran's Affairs for the incoming administration.
Shinseki always struck me as a decent, honorable man in a career track (Army general officer) that more often rewards venal, self-seeking careerists. His treatment by then-SecDef Rumsfeld and the then-usual Bush gang of idiots was disgraceful; regardless of what you felt about what the man said, respect his service to the nation, dammit.
That said, he is reported to have been the driving force behind getting all of us tree-suit wearers out of our sensible P-caps and into the reviled Black Bag, a headgear of surpassing silliness.Mind you, I wore my Red Beret with pride: it said a lot to me, about my own hard work, the Airborne units in which I served, and the combat history that parachute and paratroop units have earned since WW2. But the beret as hat? Fuhgeddaboutit! Useless in sun and wind, sopping weight in rain, and liable to freakish fashion extremes from the "Jeff Cap" style of Army cooks to the generic "puffball" of those too inexperienced to shave and shape it, the black beret was and is an abomination before the God of War.
So I have great hopes for our new SVA. But, Eric?
Let's leave the fashion to Stacy and Clinton. Okay?Oh, and a warning order.
I've pretty much expended all remaining rounds, politically and militarily, for the rest of December with the "Commander's Intent" series of posts. I'm focusing now on kids, home and family, both mine and those of friends - in particular I want to shoutout to a dear couple now in China on their first week of parenting; yay, you four! - and I'm thinking that the rest of the month will be devoted to thinking and talking about those things. So for those of you who throw up a little in the back of your mouth at the family glurge, be warned: the next couple or three weeks will be mostly yucky domestic and small-ball stuff.
But check back in January for more political goodness.