Submitted By Todd on July 2nd at 10:16pm
Has GOP Chair Michael Steele been hanging around with Joe Biden? His penchant for self-destruction is a Big Fucking Deal.
After enjoying some of the calmest weeks of his chairmanship, the Republican National Committee's Michael Steele is facing a new round of resignation calls for suggesting the war in Afghanistan isn't worth fighting. Keep in mind again, federal candidates, this was a war of Obama's choosing. This was not something that the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.Steele chastised Obama for not realizing that you shouldn't try to fight the Afghans.
"Well, if he is 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? 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."Republicans are generally supportive of Obama's Bush-like foreign policy, particularly his troop buildup in Afghanistan.
"There are, of course, those who think we should pull out of Afghanistan, and they're certainly entitled to make their case," scolded Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol in calling for Steele's resignation Friday. "But one of them shouldn't be the chairman of the Republican Party."Over the past few months, there have been reports that donors are diverting their money to other entities, supporting Republican candidates but keeping their cash away from Steele. As new calls for his resignation rang out, Steele issued a clarifying statement.
"As we have learned throughout history, winning a war in Afghanistan is a difficult task," he said. "We must also remember that after the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, it is also a necessary one. That is why I supported the decision to increase our troop force, and, like the entire United States Senate, I support Gen. Petraeus's confirmation. The stakes are too high for us to accept anything but success in Afghanistan."
Steele's been through a series of dust-ups, so will likely be true to form and ignore calls to step down. The firestorm may even have a positive effect, according to The Hill.
Just hours earlier, however, a majority of the House Democratic caucus voted to require a timeline for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and to restrict funding if President Barack Obama deviates from his drawdown plan.
The more the media covers Afghanistan, the worse it is for the president and congressional democrats.