In response to a bipartisan chorus calling for his resignation, Eric Shinseki resigned today as Veterans Affairs Secretary.
Shinseki’s position had become untenable, having failed to address the corruption in the department. A seeming endless series of investigations that uncovered problems were ignored. Shinseki said he had become a distraction.
Everyone seems to agree that the problems with the VA are deeper than one leader. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a self-described socialist, may be the only principal player still denying the VA needs fundamental reform.
“Government can do simple, big things,” said CNN political commentator Eric Castellano. “Health care is big and complex.”