Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shinseki submitted his resignation to President Obama over the flap on “cooking the books” waiting times. The President reluctantly accepted the resignation citing Shinseki’s desire to fix the problem and now be a distraction. Talking heads, pundits and pols lay this scandal in Shinseki’s lap, even though he had nothing to do with it. He was unaware of it as he was lied to about the issue.
His resignation isn’t going to fix the problems at the VA. Those problems have been systemic since there was a VA. And the notion that the VA serves no one is a canard. Our dear friends Doots gave the VA rave reviews when he broke his foot. The VA is a much better agency since Shinseki’s arrival. The VA is not perfect. No organization is. But we hold the VA to a higher and un-achievable standard.
A good man. A competent man. An honorable man. We need more like him serving this country and now he’s gone.
So to those who championed Shinseki demise, shame on you.