Ed Henry: Obama Thinks Firing Shinseki Would Mean ‘Giving In’ to Rumsfeld and Bush
Ed Henry: Obama Thinks Firing Shinseki Would Mean ‘Giving In’ to Rumsfeld and Bush (Mediaite)
Fox News White House Correspondent Ed Henry said that President Barack Obama and his administration believe that removing VA Sec. Eric Shinseki from his role over the VA scandal would be a repudiation of his opposition to the Iraq War and “giving in to [Donald] Rumsfeld and the Bush team.” Henry and Fox host Bill O’Reilly then proceeded to argue over whether Shinseki’s opposition to the Bush administration’s Iraq War strategy has been vindicated.
“Let me tell you why the president has stood behind Shinseki,” Henry began. He said that Obama believes Shinseki, as a wounded veteran and a four-star general, is a “patriot.” However, he added that the “key political” aspect of Obama’s support for Shinseki is his opposition to the Bush White House’s prosecution of the Iraq War.