Criticism of Shinseki Was a ‘Distraction’ From What, Exactly?
President Obama announced he accepted Shinseki’s resignation today, but you read the easily-predicted tone of his statement on this blog Wednesday:
The next act of this play is predictable: Within a few days or weeks, Shinseki will offer his resignation, not over the widespread failures at the VA but citing fears that he has become “a distraction from the real work that needs to be done.” Obama will accept the resignation, give Shinseki a thank-you ceremony similar to the one for former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, thank him for his service, and make remarks that somehow Washington’s “finger-pointing” and “blame-game” is the real problem here.
Because if Shinseki admits he was a part of the problem, it means the man who appointed him is part of the problem, too.
Despite what you just heard from the president, Shinseki is not resigning because he fears he is becoming a distraction. He is resigning because he failed to do his job well.