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Michael Steele: Afghanistan "A War Of Obama's Choosing"



Did you catch that? Here, in case you missed it; Michael Steele, the Chairman of the GOP said:
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.
The sentence-ending-preposition aside, do you notice anything else wrong with this statement?

Yeah. Me too.

The idea that the war in Afghanistan is one of the current president's choosing is, well, umm, complete and utter nonsense.

Just in case your memory has gotten a bit foggy, following the attacks of September 11th, 2001, it was President George W. Bush who sent the first wave of American troops into Afghanistan.

Mr. Steele, things are getting bad for your when William Kristol is calling on you to step-down:
You are, I know, a patriot. So I ask you to consider, over this July 4 weekend, doing an act of service for the country you love: Resign as chairman of the Republican party.

[snip]

At a time when Gen. Petraeus has just taken over command, when Republicans in Congress are pushing for a clean war funding resolution, when Republicans around the country are doing their best to rally their fellow citizens behind the mission, your comment is more than an embarrassment. It’s an affront, both to the honor of the Republican party and to the commitment of the soldiers fighting to accomplish the mission they’ve been asked to take on by our elected leaders.
While I am not-yet-ready to call on Michael Steele to quit his post at the RNC, I am in full agreement with Kristol (a phrase you will rarely see me type) regarding the rest of his criticism.

Now, because time never stands still in a 24-hour news cycle, we have a clarification of Mr. Steele's comments by RNC spokesman Doug Heye (by way of Jonathan Capehart):
The Chairman clearly supports our troops but believes that success of the war effort in Afghanistan requires the ongoing support of the American people.

[snip]

[A]ll we hear from the President is criticism of his predecessor for doing exactly the same thing. At the same time, Congress must stop playing politics with the war and provide the funding our troops need to win and come home.
Okay, I have also grown weary of President Obama's continual reminders of his predecessor's, errr, shortcomings. I tire of that card being played over, and over, and over again. However, does Mr. Heye not realize the folly of his assertion? In that statement, he accuses Congress of 'playing politics with the war', when that is precisely what Chairman Steele is doing. And doing it poorly, I might add.

So, we are left with two options regarding Steele's extremely careless commentary:

1) Steele is deliberately using the war in Afghanistan to mount what can only be described as a "weak-ass attack" on the Commander-In-Chief of the United States Armed forces

or

2) Steele is woefully inept at leading the party that has had the loudest cheering section for the war in Afghanistan

Neither option is good for Michael Steele, and I would imagine that the latter is going to get a lot of play within Republican/conservative circles.