Defend Michael Steele? I never thought I’d be writing that!
But the neocons, led by Bill Kristol, are demanding his resignation as national chairman of the Republican Party.
At a fundraising event Steele was caught on video in a “gaffe” (a technical term signifying that a politician has spoken the truth).
Steele suggested that Afghanistan is “a war of Obama’s choosing.” “Well if he’s such a student of history, has he not understood that, you know, that’s the one thing you don’t do is engage in a land war in Afghanistan,” Steele says of Obama. “Alright? Because everyone who has tried over a thousand years of history has failed. And there are reasons for that. There are other ways to engage in Afghanistan without committing more troops.” Steele suggests America should have a “background” role in the country, “sort of shaping the changes that were necessary in Afghanistan as opposed to directly engaging troops.”
Steele also described the situation around the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal as “very comical.”
Although Steele later backtracked a bit in an official statement, he should be commended for even talking about what is quickly becoming the Democrats’ war in such a frank manner. The Democratic National Committee quickly attacked Steele for wanting to “walk away from the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban without finishing the job.”
Here is a video of Steele’s original statement:
I suggest that you call the Republican National Committee and indicate your support for Michael Steele’s original statement: 202-863-8500.