Saturday, July 3, 2010

New Steele Gaffe Threatens RNC Chairmanship

From Politico ~ 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.

A video of Steele speaking to a small fundraiser in Connecticut on Thursday went viral Friday morning, leading to harsh criticism from the right and the left and prompting calls for his resignation from several of the Republican Party's leading voices.

"The McChrystal incident, to me, was very comical," Steele said. "I think it's a reflection of the frustration that a lot of our military leaders has with this Administration and their prosecution of the war in Afghanistan. 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.

"But it was the President who was trying to be cute by half by building a script demonizing Iraq, while saying the battle really should in Afghanistan," he continued. "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."

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