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The HNIC in Hot Water… Again

02 Jul

Uncle Mikkie Steele just pissed off a whole bunch of patriotic Americans with his spiel about the Afghanistan War…

This may well be the straw that broke the Camel’s back – not only for Steele, but some of the over-the-top criticism offered by the right of President Obama. This smells of out and out treason.

Kabul Mikkie… Indeed.

Conservatives Say Michael Steele Should Resign Over Afghan War Remarks

Conservative strategist William Kristol, former South Carolina party chairman Katon Dawson and other Republicans are calling for the resignation of Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele over Steele’s suggestion that the U.S. effort in Afghanistan is doomed.

At a fundraiser in Noank, Conn., Steele blamed the U.S. troubles in Afghanistan on the Obama administration and expressed doubts about coalition forces’ ability to succeed in the violence-torn country.

“Keep in mind again, for our federal candidates, this was a war of Obama’s choosing,” Steele said. “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,” Steele said, referring to Obama’s insistence during the presidential campaign that the U.S. should be focused on Afghanistan instead of Iraq.

“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? 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.”

Former president George W. Bush ordered U.S. troops to Afghanistan in October 2001 in response to the Sept. 11 attacks by terrorists based there. Obama has said publicly for at least eight years that while he opposed the invasion of Iraq, he supported the war in Afghanistan.

Steele’s comments, including using the word “comical” to describe the events leading to the forced resignation of Afghanistan commander Stanley McChrystal, sparked an outcry from commentators as a video of his remarks made its way around the Internet.

“You are, I know, a patriot,” Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, wrote in an open letter to Steele. “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.”

Kristol added: “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…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.”

Activist Erick Erickson wrote on his influential RedState blog: “Michael Steele must resign. He has lost all moral authority to lead the GOP.”

Dawson, who competed with Steele for the chairman’s job last year, told CNN: “The RNC should do the responsible thing and show Steele the door. Enough is enough.” Several other conservatives said in blog and Twitter posts that they agreed.

Steele backed away from his remarks at mid-day in a statement of support for the troops. “There is no question that America must win the war on terror,” he said. “The stakes are too high for us to accept anything but success in Afghanistan.”

The Friday fundraiser was not the first time Steele’s tendency to wander off-script has surprised and embarrassed his party.

Early this year, he released a book called “Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda” and took off on a publicity tour that was a surprise to elected officials, who thought they were supposed to be setting the party’s course while Steele raised money and took care of infrastructure. Steele also suggested the Republican Party needed a “hip-hop” makeover, and started a blog called “What Up?” Under his leadership, the committee also endured “Bondage-gate,” in which staffers were reimbursed for entertaining contributors at a Los Angeles strip club.

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2010 in Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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4 responses to “The HNIC in Hot Water… Again

  1. brotherbrown

    July 3, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    But is Steele right about Afghanistan? Gorbachev figured out after taking the helm in the former USSR that it was a quagmire and pulled out.

    As things stand today, if Bin Laden and most of the Al Qaeda upper management from 10 years ago is dead, what will constitute “victory” in Afghanistan? Does whoever the troops are engaging have any ability to bring the war to the US if US troops totally withdraw?

    At this point, it is an ego play, and I’m looking for Obama to use his considerable intelligence to find a course that brings the troops home and leaves afghanistan to the afghanis.

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    • btx3

      July 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

      Afghanistan could have been finished back in 2002/3 if the Bushit hadn’t put it on the back burner for his misadventure in invading Iraq. We were in position to have killed enough of the Taliban and their Mullahs to have effectively ended it and turn the country back over to the Afghanis.

      The only way to “win” at this point is ugly.

      1) Utilize bio-engineering to utterly and completely eradicate the opium crop now, and for the future. It is doable, and it has several advantages in eliminating the Taliban’s funding supply as well as forcing the Afghanis to go legit.

      2) Line up every Mullah in the country…. and shoot them. Level every single mosque. You are not going to drag these folks out of the 7th century as long as folks with a vested interest in keeping them there are whispering in their ear that they will go to hell if they change. That isn’t to say convert them from Islam, it’s saying convert them from fundamentalism.

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  2. brotherbrown

    July 3, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    re #1, focusing on supply is a cop out with demand so high, and most of that demand is in the ‘western world.’

    re #2, that not a real solution. Religions die when people are no longer interested in following them. Attempting to destroy it as you described will only strengthen the faithful

    If Afghanistan poses a problem to the US for the reasons you cited, it is truly a quagmire with no real solutions.

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    • btx3

      July 3, 2010 at 4:13 PM

      As to #2 – You need look no further than as to how Afghanis became Muslims in the first place.

      They originally were Buddhists.

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