As you may be aware, Michael Steele, the chairman of the RNC, was caught on camera recently saying the war in Afghanistan was a war of “Obama’s choosing” and went on to suggest that it may not be winnable. I’ll pause so you can read that again. Got it? Yes, the GOP chairman has said that.
This has got to be the most ridiculous comment I have ever heard. If I were a member of that audience I would be profoundly insulted that he thought somebody might believe that. I’ve seen where he says the quotes are misconstrued, but I can’t envision any context in which that would make sense. Virtually everybody knows we went to war in Afghanistan after 9/11, when George W. Bush was President. This was, and to some extent still is, the popular war (relatively speaking). This is the one everybody agreed on at the time and many continue to do so. This is the war where we have international allies playing significant (again relative) roles.
My problem with Michael Steele here is two-fold. First, as I have alluded to, he must think he is talking to either very impressionable or very dumb persons. I say this giving Steele the benefit of the doubt that he isn’t trying to intentionally sound like a jackass. Second, and more important, the war in Afghanistan IS a war of our choosing. Even Jimmy Carter would have done something similar in this situation! Americans would and did demand decisive action after 9/11, and we, America, set out to take it. Bush’s war is in Iraq. Afghanistan is a conflict which has been mostly supported by Americans (especially immediately after 9/11), and I believe America has too much at stake not to be there.
If I had any say, I would call on Steele to resign because these comments show either a complete absence of good judgment or complete absence of intelligence; or, frighteningly enough, both.