Conservative Columnists Call for Michael Steele’s ResignationJuly 2nd, 2010
It’s no secret. Michael Steele says the darnedest things.
It’s not the first, nor is it the second or third time the Republican National Committee Chairman has said something completely outrageous or untoward.
He’s outraged Democrats with his comments as he has Republicans.
But this time his remarks at a GOP fundraiser about the war in Afghanistan are angering some Republicans to the point that two prominent conservative columnists – William Kristol, founder of the Weekly Standard, and grassroots blogger-activist Erick Erickson – are calling for his resignation
Steele said America’s war effort in Afghanistan is doomed.
“Keep in mind again, for our federal candidates, this was a war of Obama’s choosing,” Steele incorrectly mouthed, yet with conviction. “This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in. It was the president who was trying to be cute by half by flipping a script demonizing Iraq, while saying the battle really should be in Afghanistan. ”
“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?,” he went on. “All right, 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.”
Steele’s words forced Kristol to defend Obama.
“Needless to say, the war in Afghanistan was not ‘a war of Obama’s choosing.’ It has been prosecuted by the United States under Presidents Bush and Obama. Republicans have consistently supported the effort, he wrote. There are, of course, those who think we should pull out of Afghanistan, and they’re certainly entitled to make their case. But one of them shouldn’t be the chairman of the Republican Party.”
Erickson, who blogs at Redstate.com went a little further.
“The war in Afghanistan is not a war of Barack Obama’s choosing. It is a war of Al Qaeda and the Taliban’s choosing,” he wrote. “We responded. Michael Steele must resign. He has lost all moral authority to lead the GOP.”
Steele doesn’t even have his facts straight.
Should he be forced to resign?