Either PD’s contributors are all vacationing at the same time or no one thinks the Michael Steele controversy is noteworthy. In case you missed it, here’s what the GOP Chairman said at a Connecticut fundraiser last week:

“Keep in mind again, federal candidates, this was a war of Obama’s choosing. This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in … 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.”

99.999% of republicans and conservatives (not to be confused) are denouncing the comments, with heavyweights like Bill Kristol and Liz Cheney even calling for his head. And perhaps the only elected official defending him is none other than Ron Paul.

So where do you stand? Is it time for Steele, the controversial lightning rod of the GOP, to go?


  • Brian H

    Steele needs to go. I like the guy and I think his support for the GOP has been needed, but, these comments are absurd. He was not debating the legitimacy of a continued effort in Afghan, he was claiming this war is Obama’s war of “choosing”. That is simply bad history. How many feet can Steele man put in his own mouth?

  • jwob

    Steele is a good man. His comments were not totally accurate, however, to not debate the war in Afganistan would just be ignorant. Remember congress gave Bush approval to catch Al Qaeda in Afganistan because that is where we thought they were. According to the most recent CIA reports, Al Qaeda has moved on to Pakistan. So the question for the … See Morecurrent admin. is: should we install Disney World and Walmart into Afganistan (because we obviously know whats best for them because everyone should be like us, oh wait! Germany already tried that, not so successful) or should we pull our troops out because 1. we are almost bankrupt and 2. Al Qaeda is not there. The only reason Neocons Like Graham, McCain, Krystal, and Cheney are calling for Steeles resignation is to disrupt the Tea Party movement. Why else would you disrupt a Republican slam dunk in November unless you have a hidden agenda? I’m sure we will hear from spin masters like Karl Rove ( neocon) and other talking Rebublican heads that are facing defeat from the Tea party.

  • http://twitter.com/theatomicmom East of Eden

    The Afghan War was started by none other than our own GWB….not BHO. Take note Steele. However I will agree with him that we have not fought that war to win it, which is bad, sad etc. etc. And he is right, Afghanistan is the place where empires go to die — see also British, and Soviets. I’m glad someone has finally said it. I think he should resign, not because of this, but because he is a monumental flop as a leader. He has zero carisma, zero personality and zero ambtion when it comes to going after the Dems when he should.

  • http://www.wildfiretreasures.com/ Troy La Mana

    To be honest, after nearly 10 years I am beginning to wonder if it’s worth staying in Afghanistan with a corrupt leader and a tribal people who will never accept a democracy. Maybe just concentrate on the Pakistani border instead?

    • Whodat

      As a Viet Nam era vet, I must agree that we should not have stayed so long. I’ve heard all this before. Our trouble is, we think we can change them. They are mentally in the 5th century and there is no way they can relate. This does not excuse Steele, but I personally would like to see us just leave all of our arms for the Afgans to use to kill each other – and a toll free number to call if they run short of ammo!

  • Neil Braithwaite

    He has never been much of a leader. The only times I have seen him is when he is explaining some controversy of his own making.

    This is the last straw – he has become nothing but a distraction to the conservative cause and diversion for Obama apologists.

    Please step aside Mr. Steele – ASAP.

  • Whodat

    Is it possible that he thinks his race makes him indespensible in balancing the color issue with O-bomb? Or, does he think he needs to be equally stupid in word and deed to balance O-bomb? He is certainly accomplishing that!

    Or, maybe it is just a political version of the “Peter Principle” we know so well in business… Whatever, his 15 minutes, and my patience, is long since up, over, gone, adios!

  • http://www.sotr.us Cordeiro

    Call me insensitive, but it looks like this guy is doing his best to get fired.