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McCain: Steele must 'assess' his ability to lead

By Felicia Sonmez
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) added his voice to those questioning Michael Steele's ability to lead the Republican Party following the Republican National Committee chairman's controversial comments late last week on the war in Afghanistan.

Steele "is going to have to assess as to whether he can still lead the Republican Party as chairman of the Republican National Committee and make an appropriate decision," McCain said Sunday in an appearance on ABC's "This Week."

McCain, who appeared on the program from Kabul, called Steele's remarks "wildly inaccurate" and inexcusable. He also noted that Steele sent him an email explaining that his comments were "misconstrued."

McCain is the most influential Republican so far to question Steele's leadership in the wake of the embattled chairman's remarks at a Connecticut fundraiser that the war was "of Obama's choosing" and that it may not be winnable.

In the days since video of the remarks surfaced on Friday, many within the party have stepped up their criticism of Steele, and several, including Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, former deputy assistant secretary of state Liz Cheney, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and former South Carolina Republican Party chairman Katon Dawson have called on him to resign.

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), who are traveling with McCain in Afghanistan, also weighed in on the Steele controversy Sunday morning.

Lieberman said in an appearance on "Fox News Sunday" that Steele's remarks were "unfortunate," while Graham said on "Face the Nation" that Steele's statement was an "uninformed, unnecessary, unwise, untimely comment."

"This is not President Obama's war; this is America's war," Graham said. Both senators stopped short of calling for Steele's resignation.

Conservative commentators, meanwhile, renewed their calls for Steele's ouster.

Kristol said on "Fox News Sunday" that Steele called him on Saturday and tried to explain that the remarks were taken out of context, but ultimately, "he didn't persuade me, actually, that it wouldn't be better for Republican Party and for the country if he stepped down as Republican chairman."

Dan Senor, the former spokesperson for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, told ABC's Jake Tapper that "what's striking about Steele is how fundamentally unserious" his remarks are.

"I don't think the Republican Party can seriously engage in foreign policy with credibility if its chairman is engaging in this kind of rhetoric," Senor added.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  July 4, 2010; 11:54 AM ET
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Comments

"McCain lost voters when he rab an old lady who was calling Obama a Muslim!" The poster has to be a "conspiracy theorist," r an Arizonian who makes Senator McCain look like the war hero he's entitled to. At thgis stage of the process, the sane and informed people of this country know that President Obama was born in the state of Hawaii. By standing up for a fellow American, John McCain reminded millions of American what it means to be an American hero. That's something the "Tea baggers and birthers," of Arizona seem to have problems with, but Arizonians have always voted him back to the Senate. Senator McCain, being an honored hero, is at odds with Michael Steele for his "shoot from the lips" type of leadership, and his recent gaffes concerning the Afghan war, caused the old veteran to speak out. It is rather sad that current elections in Arizona appeasr to depend on a candidates support of the Tea Partier, birthers, and anti-immigrant resolutions.

Posted by: lenwilliams6 | July 6, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"McCain lost voters when he rab an old lady who was calling Obama a Muslim!" The poster has to be a "conspiracy theorist," r an Arizonian who makes Senator McCain look like the war hero he's entitled to. At thgis stage of the process, the sane and informed people of this country know that President Obama was born in the state of Hawaii. By standing up for a fellow American, John McCain reminded millions of American what it means to be an American hero. That's something the "Tea baggers and birthers," of Arizona seem to have problems with, but Arizonians have always voted him back to the Senate. Senator McCain, being an honored hero, is at odds with Michael Steele for his "shoot from the lips" type of leadership, and his recent gaffes concerning the Afghan war, caused the old veteran to speak out. It is rather sad that current elections in Arizona appeasr to depend on a candidates support of the Tea Partier, birthers, and anti-immigrant resolutions.

Posted by: lenwilliams6 | July 6, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

John McCain thinks Steele should "assess" his ability to lead? The American people "asessed" John McCain in 2008, and even those who voted for him knew he was incapable of leading himself out of a paper bag. Look at his inept campaign.

Hopefully the people of Arizona will get this guy off the stage in the Primary. The country does not want to have to hear this "war hero" any more.

Posted by: rphillips1 | July 6, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"Michael Steele" star is rising and he is bringing in millions of independent Black voters;" That's one of the reasons he was hired for sure, but things are not working in his favor. Talk about the wrong man for the job, and it would be grossly understated.

The Republican Party in their haste too deal with the rapid growth of the young African American, Barack Obama, They put their trust in outspoken Michael Steele. This seems to have been a huge mistake, and one that the Republican Party is reminded on a weekly basis.

In their haste to show the voters that they were the party of Lincoln, and all people were welcome, the person they chose doesn't measure up to the young charismatic Barack Obama. Indeed, if they had polled the African American Communities, they would have found out rather quickly that African Americans feel about the same about Mr. Steele as we do about Justice Clarence Thomas.

Michael Steele is viewed as someone who works against the positive aspirations of Black people, and "foot in the mouth" style of governance is an embarrassment to the Black community. The one occasion where he "spoke truth to power," within 24 hours he was seen bowing down at the feet of "old fat Massa," Rush Limbaugh.

There's not a in politics worthy of such a high tech embarrassment, played over and over on conservative radio, and Fox News. Someone mentioned in another post that Steele and Palin would make a great pairing of GOP presidential candidates for 2012.

Hopefully, that statement was made in gest, and that the Republican Party will find candidates who represents the future of America.

Posted by: lenwilliams6 | July 5, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

"Michael Steele" star is rising and he is bringing in millions of independent Black voters;" That's one of the reasons he was hired for sure, but things are not working in his favor. Talk about the wrong man for the job, and it would be grossly understated.

The Republican Party in their haste too deal with the rapid growth of the young African American, Barack Obama, They put their trust in outspoken Michael Steele. This seems to have been a huge mistake, and one that the Republican Party is reminded on a weekly basis.

In their haste to show the voters that they were the party of Lincoln, and all people were welcome, the person they chose doesn't measure up to the young charismatic Barack Obama. Indeed, if they had polled the African American Communities, they would have found out rather quickly that African Americans feel about the same about Mr. Steele as we do about Justice Clarence Thomas.

Michael Steele is viewed as someone who works against the positive aspirations of Black people, and "foot in the mouth" style of governance is an embarrassment to the Black community. The one occasion where he "spoke truth to power," within 24 hours he was seen bowing down at the feet of "old fat Massa," Rush Limbaugh.

There's not a in politics worthy of such a high tech embarrassment, played over and over on conservative radio, and Fox News. Someone mentioned in another post that Steele and Palin would make a great pairing of GOP presidential candidates for 2012.

Hopefully, that statement was made in gest, and that the Republican Party will find candidates who represents the future of America.

Posted by: lenwilliams6 | July 5, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Mike Steele's star is rising and he is drawing in millions of formerly independent or democratic Black voters. The best are being recruited to run for office, i.e. 32 Black reps. now running. Single Moms, under 30's thoroughly disenchanted with OBAMA's War in Afghanistan---Steele really nailed Obamacrats with this charge and they yelped all weekend in pain with the truth of it.

McCain's star has faded out; he is woefully out of touch with the growing TEAPARTY movement---as if yesterday's merger of American Patriotism and TeaParty political themes wasn't evidence of America's backing of this new movement!

He needs a retirement party or a border guard uniform.

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | July 5, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Steele is in an impossible position. Still, he has the uncanny ability to make a fool of himself every couple of months.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | July 5, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Steele is in an impossible poistion, but he does have the uncanny ability to make a fool of himself in a new way every couple of months.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | July 5, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

When I was out in Arizona for a week of buycott Arizona, the locals there seem to feel that Mc Cain was SOROS' other candidate. There are many good Presidential people who were not born in Panama. By running , McCain shows he is power desperate and will ignore the US Constitution.
Mc Cain is spending money like water in Arizona, showing off that someone clearly owns him, but it isn't them.
The State and the people are flat broke. They are an entire population that lost their homes and jobs, who were over run by Foreign Invaders building Aztlan the entire time that Mc Cain has been in power.
Apparently,when Mc Cain refused to demand all of Obama's hidden history, (and grabbed the mike from an old gal who thought Obama was Muslim), he lost their votes when Obama then spoke to Islam first after the swear in.
Seems McCain is over in Arizona, and the more he spends on his re-election, the more people say "He is not in touch with us, or one of us"
Mc Cain giving Steele advice is a laugh.
When one says "McCain" in Arizona today , the people roll their eyes and shake their heads "no".
It appears that Hayworth , who is all over hidden history by Public Officials, is their man.

Posted by: dottydo | July 5, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

What I would tell Michael Steele is, "We're not Democrats. This is America's war." Unlike the Democrats, who were always saying that Iraq was "George Bush's war, even thought they voted for it." I thought it was dispicable when they said it and it's no different when Michael Steele says it.

Now, another thing that gets lost is that this is Obama's strategy and he's had 2 bites at the apple with 2 different generals and he's on his third. Lucky for him, he decided to pick George Bush's general this time. As Commander in Chief, he should be held accountable for the strategies being persued, just as George Bush was relentlessly persued on Iraq, even after it became apparent that the surge had worked, our illustrious free press allowed Democrats, like Harry Reid, declare it was a failure and George Bush was a loser.

Posted by: bflat879 | July 5, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

and the iraq war, katrina,gonsalez,harriet miers and "mission accomplished", all obama choosing. i knew you repugs would develop short term memory loss.but the voters will not.
any woman, any black will do,baggers you must do better.
steele should retire and have a short but fun stint on "dancing with the stars"where his talents can be truly appreciated.

Posted by: ninnafaye | July 5, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

When I was out in Arizona for a week of buycott Arizona, the locals there seem to beel that Mc Cain was SOROS' other candidate.
He is speending money like water showing off that someone owns him and it isn't them.
The State and the people are broke as an entire population that lost their homes, who were over run by Foreign Invaders building Aztlan the whole time that Mc Cain has been in power. Apparently,when Mc Cain refused to demand all of Obama's hidden history, and grabbed the mike from an old gal who thought Obama was Muslim,he lost their votes, when Obama spoke to Islam first.
Seems McCain is over in Arizona, and the more he spends the more people say "He is not in touch with us"
Mc Cain giving Steele advice is a laugh.

Posted by: dottydo | July 5, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I agree that Michael Steele should offer his resignation because he has become an issue that would not serve the republican party well, currently. However I believe he is capable of leadership, and those who accuse him of forgetting history are, themselves also forgetting history.

The comparisson of the effort in Afghanistan with other wars against the Afghanistan people is a history faux pas; however the claim that this is Obama's war is valid and true. The fact that his statements about the inability to succeed could suggest that the U.S. forces are incapable of victory were unfortunate and does reflect badly on the troops and the country, and for this, his resignation would be the right thing to do as a leader. He should take a page from McCrystals's book in this regard.

There was never any American war against Afghanistan, and there is still no American war against the Afghanistan people. Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) began as a US led, along with the British, in a coalition effort to find and destroy Osama bin Laden and AlQaeda and to dislodge the Taliban who had taken over control of Afghanistan and were supporting Al Qaeda. However, that operation ended when the Taliban were dislodged, and before Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda were destroyed. There was a second operation established by the U.N. security Council as the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) that was launched by the U.N. in December 2001. NATO then assumed control of ISAF in 2003; therefore continuing oprations in Afghanistan was then no longer the responsibility of the U.S., except for their responsibilities as part of NATO.

However, several of the 42 NATO countries that provided troops for the ISAF had caveats that limited the things the troops could do during the conflict and the U.S. began to take on heavier responsibilities in Afghanistan. President Obama, before he assumed the Presidency, called the Iraq war, the wrong war and he stated that the Afghanistan war was the "right war". Then on December 01, 2009, he announced the escalation of U.S. military involvement and the deployment of an additional 30,000 U.S. troops over six months. Like George W. Bush, before him, he laid claim to a war that did not belong to the U.S., and his claim about the war in Afghanistan being the "right war" does confer ownership of the so-called war on his shoulders. In this, Michael Steele is correct.

Posted by: CalP | July 5, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Sit back and watch the show as Republicans eat thir own. Perhaps Steele should join the Tea party crowd. Excuse me while I go and grab some more popcorn and a nice cold one. This is going to be better than the old Gillette Friday night fights.. I cannot wait until the Tea partiers get into it also. Boy this is going to be a long hot,hot summer for the GOP a long,hot summer......

Posted by: johnnyk1 | July 4, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Boy, I am typing too fast, Corrections:

To: A_lite_to_the_blind but dim: Apparently you did not read too closely what I wrote as radicalization does indeed produce {lone} wolf terrorists and shooters.

McCain has made too many remarks that he may have thought was funny yet were inflammatory, threatening and fear producing to people of other sovereign nations.

Insinuating that I am on drugs or need to take medication leads me to ask: Do your parents know that they raised an ignorant and arrogant fool ? You can't read too well, can you ?

In addition to the example of Timothy McVeigh of the Oklahoma City Federal Building blast there is also the example of Cho, the Virginia Tech shooter that was a lone wolf with a very specific mental disorder in which he was not taking his meds. Another reason for improvement in Health Care may be that of the person who took hostages in a H. Clinton campaign office.

So A_lite_to_the_blind but dim, if you don't get what I am saying by now, you probably never will. Or like recently, a radical {} out west went "ballistic" under the influence of radical hate groups you still don't get it do you ?

Now A_lite_to_the_blind but dim, what if White Supremest groups (which have increased their activities and membership since President Obama was elected, get together with foreigners under common hatred like Aryan Cults ?

But you do know that others say that Liberalism is a mental illness, or that the country needs another revolution or that Islam is the religion of Hatred.

These are all things you can think about (or not) until you troll me the next time A_lite_to_the_blind but dim, get it ???

{See this is why certain people are very ungrateful that I am willing share my thoughts from a very unique mind.}

Posted by: truthhurts | July 4, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

To: A_lite_to_the_blind but dim: Apparently you did not read too closely what I wrote as radicalization does indeed produce {lone} wolf terrorists and shooters.

McCain has made too many remarks that he may have thought was funny yet were inflammatory, threatening and fear producing to people of other sovereign nations.

Insinuating that I am on drugs or need to take medication leads me to ask: Do your parents know that they raised an ignorant and arrogant fool ? You can't read too well, can you ?

In addition to the example of Timothy McVeigh of the Oklahoma City Federal Building blast there is also the example of Cho, the Virginia Tech shooter that was a lone wolf with a very specific mental disorder in which he was not taking his meds. Another reason for improvement in Health Care may be that of the person who took hostages in a H. Clinton campaign office.

So A_lite_to_the_blind but dim, if you don't get what I am saying by now, you probably never will. Or like recently a radical went out west went "ballistic" under the influence of radical hate groups you still don't get it do you ?

Posted by: truthhurts | July 4, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

To: A_lite_to_the_blind but dim: Apparently you did not read too closely what I wrote as radicalization does indeed produce loan wolf terrorists and shooters.

McCain has made too many remarks that he may have thought was funny yet were inflammatory, threatening and fear producing to people of other sovereign nations.

Insinuating that I am on drugs or need to take medication leads me to ask: Do your parents know that they raised an ignorant and arrogant fool ? You can't read too well, can you ?

Posted by: truthhurts | July 4, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

What about McCain and "build the dang fence"?????

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 4, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey, A_lite_to_the_blind, I remember the Oklahoma City bombing do you ? Your user name does not match your personality. And I do think that since Health Care has been reformed many people dependent on medication and on a daily basis have and will see the quality of their lives improving.

Posted by: truthhurts | July 4, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey, A_lite_to_the_blind, I remember the Oklahoma City bombing do you ? You user name does not match your personality. And I do think that since Health Care has been reformed many people dependent on medication and on a daily basis have and will see the quality of their lives improving.

Posted by: truthhurts | July 4, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey, A_lite_to_the_blind, I remember the Oklahoma City bombing do you ? You user name does not match your personality.

Posted by: truthhurts | July 4, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey, A_lite_to_the_blind, I remember the Oklahoma City bombing do you ?

Posted by: truthhurts | July 4, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

ag1976 wrote;
Afghanistan did not attack us on 9/11. A terrorist group did and we could have had bin Laden in Tora Tora almost 9 years ago, but then how would the military industrial war complex make their billions?
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Indeed, Afghanistan did attack the United States by proxy, by association, and by supporting those individuals who high-jacked the planes they flew into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, etc.

Our war in Afghanistan routed the Taliban government and Al Qaeda for the most part, but like guerilla fighters, they relocated in the face of superior military forces. Once Bush figured we had sufficiently whipped our foes in Afghanistan, he looked around the area seeking another foe to fight with and wallah, there was Sadam Hussein, his nemesis.

Suddenly, (according to Bush) God spoke to Bush and said: GO UP and Invade Iraq! I will go before you and give them to you as a spoil!

Now that Bush is gone, Obama has made Afghanistan his war! McChrystal became disgusted with Obama's new rules of engagement, which was costing American lives and openly condemned Obama's "team" in the Rolling Stone Magazine! It became a national media event, brought embarrasment to Obama, who in turn fired McChrystal!

McChrystal got what he really wanted, exposure of the incompetency of the Obama "team" (including Obama) and is no longer being blamed for the war in Afghanistan! Of course McChrystal could have just resigned, but that would not have revealed to the world the incompetent management of the war under Obamanations "team" of nit witts.

"You can not blow up a building being used by terrorist factions, you must send in your troops and sweep the buildings of any combatants". This costs lives and did cost the life of several soldiers under McChrystals command.

Obama's philosophy was that you can't destroy personal property to oust the terrorists from their place of hiding or concealment, even if you know where they are hiding! DAH!

Obama: "You can't blow up someones house even if the enemy is inside! I don't care if it costs you the lives of your men, send them in there, after all, that's what they are being paid to do! Okay, I'll write the letters to the families of your dead McChrystal, just do what I say."

This was only part of Obama's insane rules of engagement which enraged MmcChrystal, his staff, and his men.

Posted by: A_lite_to_the_blind | July 4, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm laughing so hard....I can barely post...thank you Mr. Steele for making me smile Calling Afghanistan 'Obama's War' is so far out that:

a. You are a closet Democrat out to destroy the GOP.

b. You are in dire need of meds and totally out of touch with reality.

c. You are a doofus.

d. All of the above.

Posted by: mosthind | July 4, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

truthhurts wrote:

Politicians think nothing of Radical Slander and unfortunately the People will expect them to act on that slander. Would the people expected McCain to "bomb, bomb, Iran", I don't know.

I am not afraid of the radical shi$ talkers nor do I fear that their radical Patriot producing rhetoric effects the majority of population. I am concerned about that needle in the hay stack that is too easily programmable and too isolated from society to detect by our first line of Defense in this Nation, the People.

What if two separate groups do form a common bond through hatred ? As, there seems to be an over supply of hate groups in USA today in which common....blah....blah....blah
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You really need to lay off the Meth! Your comments are incoherent and full of mumbo jumbo! Are you fearful of some right wing organization that might come to power and slay all of the left wing nut liberals? Is that what you are trying to say here?

And who said anything about McCain bombing bombing Iran? Are you dillusional? McCain doesn't have a fighter jet anymore! He's too busy flying back and forth to the middle east and then coming home to the television talk show circuit to garner brownie points for re-election.

I am very concerned for you, are you taking your medication?

Posted by: A_lite_to_the_blind | July 4, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Quote from the Patriot Letters:

Obamanation is truly blessed that he has "dumbed down", illiterate, uneducated, willfully ignorant, brain dead dupes who blindly support him as the "Deceiver in Chief" of the United States of America.

People who want to build something new, but have no idea as to just what it is they are building. They have no clue as to just what they are tearing down in the process of gaining "change they can believe in". They swallow a camel and strain at a gnat!

They think that by bickering over partisan politics that they will win the day, when in truth, they are sacrificing their individual liberties and freedoms to obtain an oppressive and tyrannical form of government.

How truly pathetic that many believe they are fighting for a better way of life when in truth they are facilitating their own indentured servitude to a government that will subjugate them all.

Posted by: A_lite_to_the_blind | July 4, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

wheel:
that would be novel. For McCain to stay in the state that elects him.
For years, we don't ever see or hear from him and ....
when he endorses something.....he always uses "his state" as the excuse to argue.

"But my state....
"In my state.....
"My state's stats show:........

He is never here long enough to KNOW about what his state is going through.
But AZ has become so complacent, they simply don't care. No lie. The old man will get elected again. They like him and hate J.D. Hayworth.

Most people of AZ live in la la land.
I am not jokin'!!!!!!!!!!
The weather has fried their brains.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 4, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Politicians think nothing of Radical Slander and unfortunately the People will expect them to act on that slander. Would the people expected McCain to "bomb, bomb, Iran", I don't know.

I am not afraid of the radical shi$ talkers nor do I fear that their radical Patriot producing rhetoric effects the majority of population. I am concerned about that needle in the hay stack that is too easily programmable and too isolated from society to detect by our first line of Defense in this Nation, the People.

What if two separate groups do form a common bond through hatred ? As, there seems to be an over supply of hate groups in USA today in which common liberties may be abused. Such people and groups agitated by radical right radio concern me to a point that I think that their money making scams and schemes disguised as entertainment or political activism borders on treason.

In a bigger picture, there is indeed a lack of ethics and morals as young republicans hang out in bondage clubs on donations. However, take a look at this club that will say anything radicalizing without any regard consciously for possible outcomes of their hostile rhetoric. Because, I will assure that they will not take any responsibility when a tea bagger goes full lunatic or another influenced by hate radio acting out by a terrorist act just as any other less that One Percent of the Population threat.

We are very grateful for the majority of fellow Americans with real ethics and morals that keep their eyes and ears open. We have already detected at least one new Doomsday Cult online. We are also very proud of all the Civilian and Military People who work hard 24/7 so that the majority of Americans can celebrate without fear on The Fourth of July.

Let Ring Baby, Let it Ring "76"

Posted by: truthhurts | July 4, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

From the Patriot Letters:

While I am a patriot of democracy, I am also intelligent enough to realize that Steele's remarks are realistic, but I do agree that this was not originally Obama's war, not withstanding my desire to support our troops in their life and death struggle in Afghanistan.

Like many of my generation, I fought in a war which was devoid of the support of the majority of the American people. Not only devoid of their support, but full of recriminations and condemnation of those that served.

When has this nation ever won a war wherein politicians were in control or which saw a reduction in the loss of the lives of valiant soldiers who were sacrificed in the name of political expediency?

The conflict in Afghanistan is a political war just as much as it is a war of ideals, egos, subjugation, and human sacrifice. How hypocritical that our leaders think that they can install a democratic form of government in Afghanistan when our own government more closely conforms to the ideals of Socialism. Afghanistan is just another form of the futile struggle we endured in the Vietnam war and the Korean war.

Thank God we have so well equipped our military forces in Afghanistan and Iraq with the necessary tools and armaments which drastically reduce the death rate of our valiant soldiers who fight there. But the outcome will not be victory, merely a delay in the eventuality that Afghanistan will revert back to what it was before we intervened.

If the Russians, who killed more than one million Afghanistan fighters and civilians, did not win the day, why do we think that the outcome will be any different? Are we so arrogant to think that we alone will create a lasting democratic state in Afghanistan?

Our initial war was against the Taliban government of Afghanistan. We successfully routed the Taliban and elements of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan within a few short months of fighting! So what do we hope to achieve by continuing to prosecute this war? The formation of a government that will thank us for killing their citizens, repressing their tribal customs, and westernizing their culture? I think not!

What benefit shall we, the American people, derive from this conflict? Shall we win a new ally in the middle east? Will we be paid war reparations by the Afghanistan government? Will we eradicate completely the cancer of fundamentalist Islamic Terrorism? I think not! Yet, we continue to pour billions of dollars into a "no win" conflict. I ask again; To what purpose, which serves the interests of the American people, other than further enriching the armament manufacturers in the United States and in other nations like Russia, who supply the weapons of war? Will the words of honor and medals of valor that we heap upon our fallen warriors bring lasting comfort to the broken hearts of their loved ones?

Posted by: A_lite_to_the_blind | July 4, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Steele told the truth, plain and simple. But anyone who can a make a profit off war wants him out. They care more about green dollars than they do the damage this fake war is doing to the red, white and blue.

Afghanistan did not attack us on 9/11. A terrorist group did and we could have had bin Laden in Tora Tora almost 9 years ago, but then how would the military industrial war complex make their billions? We are heading the way of Russia in the late 90's and no one cares because they have bought in the propaganda of the likes of McCain. You would think a man who was held captive for 6 years would want to re-think the war strategy, but in all honestly all he really cares about is getting re-elected. Love America? Hardly, he loves green dollars too.

Before all the haters attack me, I served as well and can tell you in certainty...we will not win in Afghanistan. But a few businesses will make billions all the while more and more Americans lose their jobs. I say bring back the draft, we're gonna need it if we are in this to "win" it.

Posted by: ag1976 | July 4, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

While it probably will not happen, sure feel that it is time for McCain to go back tho Arizona .....................AND STAY! I'm not a fan of Steele's, but McCain's piling on is just unnecessary -- and shows some signs of the aging fellow being senile!

Posted by: wheeljc | July 4, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Remember Howard Dean? Yeah, the DNC guy. His foolishness and frequent gaffes never got the Post's attention like this one.

It's all about who the Post likes, isn't it?

Posted by: jpfann | July 4, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

mc kkain shol be pushed from someone and his mike shold be taked

Posted by: ansar_24 | July 4, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Will someone pleas go tell old senile fool
has been RINO Amnesty John McCain to retire
and shut up and go help Cindy McCain count
her Budweiser beer trucks? Vote all RINOS
like Amnesty John McCain and RINO Lindsay
Graham and losers like Joe Lieberman and
all damn dimwit Democrats out in 2010 and
2012 and make Obongo Obama One Term and Out
President in 2012 and Return him home to
Kenya! Take Back America Here & Now!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | July 4, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Poor SOB finally tells the truth about something and everyone is running scared. repugnicans are gutless. let nobody forget it was McCain who started the assault on political speech,amnesty, andhas been advocating more and more troops in the ground war in Asia without a plan.

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | July 4, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse


I don't think McCain said anything in the interview about "calling for his resignation". I saw it and can't recall him saying that.

But some folks are calling for his resignation.

His tenure as RNC Chairman is over in January. RNC can't afford this loose cannon to stick around.

////
On the McCain front, I have it on good authority down here that Mr. McCain actually took 2 computer classes,
Keyboard 101 and Internet for Dummies

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 4, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

im telling u peopple the war in affghanistan is going out from the hands of NATO howe much u remove from there its better to turn back too youre homes afghanistan bellongs to the afghan people they are the one who shold controle it not the talibans ore the US im not against the us but talibans who support terrors which i as a muslim i condemn it strongly and im distanced from it .

Posted by: ansar_24 | July 4, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

This is hilarious. One idiot condemning another idiot. It doesn't get any funnier than this.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | July 4, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

I think that Michael Steele should resign. But that said,

The LAST thing the Republican Party needs is John McCain. Please someone tell that old man to sit down and shut up. His 15 minutes were up long ago.

Posted by: MrBoggle | July 4, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I think that Michael Steele should resign. But that said,

The LAST thing the Republican Party needs is John McCain. Please someone tell that old man to sit down and shut up. His 15 minutes were up long ago.

Posted by: MrBoggle | July 4, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

This is bad. When McCain, the man who foisted national GOP nut-job Sarah Palin onto the political circuit, calls for Steele's resignation, Steele has to be bad.
Altogether, though, I think it is best that this buffoon remain chair of the RNC. He has the right intelligence quotient.
Besides, where else would GOP bosses find a man of his "qualifications" in their party?

Posted by: jmf3210 | July 4, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

When you appoint, elect, or select someone inadequate for the job, you get this. Whether it is Steele, Palin, Obama, or Kagen, all are unready for the job at hand.

Posted by: thelaw1 | July 4, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse


HEY MIKE STEELE!!! YOU DA MAN!!!!


Posted by: demtse | July 4, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

swazendo:

I got caught in a plant closing 6 months after the election. It's H%$#^

And I live in AZ, which now, it's virtually impossible to get a job.
No lie. I'm worried once my unemployment runs out. I apply to everything but so is 5000 other people.

Please don't take your life. It's too valuable. No matter what.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 4, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Gee if he was white would Rep-cons be blasting him and telling him to re-sign? Would Faux News be blasting him? 'Get me a black man.. any black man will do.' 'Gotta have a woman for VP... any woman will do.' And round and round it goes. Thank the Lord that I'm an Independent.

Posted by: dog13 | July 4, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Gee if he was white would Rep-cons be blasting him and telling him to re-sign? Would Faux News be blasting him? 'Get me a black man.. any black man will do.' 'Gotta have a woman for VP... any woman will do.' And round and round it goes. Thank the Lord that I'm an Independent.

Posted by: dog13 | July 4, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Gee if he was white would Rep-cons be blasting him and telling him to re-sign? Would Faux News be blasting him? 'Get me a black man.. any black man will do.' 'Gotta have a woman for VP... any woman will do.' And round and round it goes. Thank the Lord that I'm an Independent.

Posted by: dog13 | July 4, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Gee if he was white would Rep-cons be blasting him and telling him to re-sign? Would Faux News be blasting him? 'Get me a black man.. any black man will do.' 'Gotta have a woman for VP... any woman will do.' And round and round it goes. Thank the Lord that I'm an Independent.

Posted by: dog13 | July 4, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse


McCain, soon to be ex-senator McCain, lives in a glass house concerning his remarks on Steele. McCain has no place talking down to Steele, considering his flip-floppin ways. Good riddence to him!

That said, Steele should resign. He has never been up to the challenge of his current job.

Posted by: surfer-joe | July 4, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain, soon to be ex-senator McCain, lives in a glass house concerning his remarks on Steele. McCain has no place talking down to Steele, considering his flip-floppin ways. Good riddence to him!

That said, Steele should resign. He has never been up to the challenge of his current job.

Posted by: surfer-joe | July 4, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Republicans, sign off and go home. You are no longer relevant to sane and intelligent discourse on American freedom and future, If you picked Michael Steel for Chair I want no part of any candidate much less our President that you might recommend. George Bush was failure enough. Come back when you understand freedom can not be bought

Posted by: pathenry | July 4, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I voted for McCain in the republican 2000 primaries - have always admired him until he picked Sarah Palin and he said "the fundamental's of the economomy are sound” .

One month later I got laid off for the first time in 40 years of working while doing continuous night school and life has been hell – suicidal tendencies, severe depression, having to compete with engineers in India who do lees than what I do but they cost 1/5th to the corporation, and am lucky if I can even get a part time job doing anything.

John McCain is an ignorant old man along with Alan Greenspan.

Posted by: swazendo | July 4, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I voted for McCain in the republican 2000 primaries - have always admired him until he picked Sarah Palin and he said "the fundamental's of the economomy are sound” .

One month later I got laid off for the first time in 40 years of working while doing continuous night school and life has been hell – suicidal tendencies, severe depression, having to compete with engineers in India who do lees than what I do but they cost 1/5th to the corporation, and am lucky if I can even get a part time job doing anything.

John McCain is an ignorant old man along with Alan Greenspan.

Posted by: swazendo | July 4, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere along the line the Republicans may come to understand that they can win elections by opposing Obama's wars. They should take a good look at the Eisenhower campaign of 1952 when he said "I will go to Korea". Ike made it clear that a vote for him was a vote to end the war. In 2012 the US will still be bogged down in Afghanistan and Iraq. If a Republican candidate runs on a platform of ending these two stupid wars while reducing our national debt and putting more people back to work they will win the White House in 2012.
It was Nixon who ended the war in Vietnam and although I am a Democrat I, in viewing Nixon's Presidency, give him high marks for opening up China and ending the Vietnam War.

Posted by: jimeglrd8 | July 4, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse


Wasn't Korea called a war.
I know Nam wasn't. Lousy police conflict.

Heck, we have a police conflict with the racist Sheriff Joe Arapio down here in bum &^%$ egypt.

(rolling)))

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 4, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I voted for McCain in the republican 2000 primaries - have always admired him until he picked Sarah Palin and he said "the fundamental's of the economomy are sound” .

One month later I got laid off for the first time in 40 years of working while doing continuous night school and life has been hell – suicidal tendencies, severe depression, having to compete with engineers in India who do lees than what I do but they cost 1/5th to the corporation, and am lucky if I can even get a part time job doing anything.

John McCain is an ignorant old man along with Alan Greenspan.

Posted by: swazendo | July 4, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I voted for McCain in the republican 2000 primaries - have always admired him until he picked Sarah Palin and he said "the fundamental's of the economomy are sound” .

One month later I got laid off for the first time in 40 years of working while doing continuous night school and life has been hell – suicidal tendencies, severe depression, having to compete with engineers in India who do lees than what I do but they cost 1/5th to the corporation, and am lucky if I can even get a part time job doing anything.

John McCain is an ignorant old man along with Alan Greenspan.

Posted by: swazendo | July 4, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I voted for McCain in the republican 2000 primaries - have always admired him until he picked Sarah Palin and he said "the fundamental's of the economomy are sound” .

One month later I got laid off for the first time in 40 years of working while doing continuous night school and life has been hell – suicidal tendencies, severe depression, having to compete with engineers in India who do lees than what I do but they cost 1/5th to the corporation, and am lucky if I can even get a part time job doing anything.

John McCain is an ignorant old man along with Alan Greenspan.

Posted by: swazendo | July 4, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh...Dr. Strange Love never met a war he didn't like...

Tell me Mr. GOP Chairman, why is the war in Iraq any less of a loser? Iraq war was about W Daddy's honor and Cheney oil designs. Tell me, Bushies, WHAT'S GONNA FILL THE VACUUM left in Iraq?

Afghanistan is the TRUE war that actually addresses the roots of the problem. Now whether or not it is winnable is another question entirely...

Posted by: JustinMcC | July 4, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Who didn't expect McCain to jump into this issue? He needs to assess whether he can serve his constituents appropriately and whether he is relevant.

Posted by: arancia12 | July 4, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

what's this about Japan?

so we have bases there, big deal.

After every past war, we have rebuilt the country we divided and conquer in the first place.

Go figure.

Posted by: TheBabeNem

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WWII was the last official war we had. Everything else has been police actions and/or conflicts. We just call these things wars for PR.

Did FDR call on Americans to go out shopping and go on vacations for WWII? POTUS calls on China to fund our "wars" now. It's better than asking the American people to buy Savings Bonds. Can't get the iPad or new iPhone if we bought savings bonds.

Aside ... there was a local furniture company that had an Independence Day sale. To make it "historic" the ad featured George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Freaking Abraham Lincoln in an Independence Day sale. Geez.

Posted by: James10 | July 4, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain sure didn't rush to judgment on this one. He clearly needed to see which way all the winds were blowing before he stuck his neck out with a perfectly safe position.

I wonder if his people went door to door in AZ to make sure this was the right position.

Posted by: James10 | July 4, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

and McCain sure knows "wildly inaccurate" when he says or sees it.

Posted by: SiriusOne | July 4, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

The idea of a black man as RNC chairman is ludicrous in and of itself. If you were a chicken, would you want to put your trust in Col. Sanders?

Posted by: capmbillie | July 4, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse


what's this about Japan?

so we have bases there, big deal.

After every past war, we have rebuilt the country we divided and conquer in the first place.

Go figure.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 4, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Who's the "Magic Negro" now, repubicans?

Posted by: swatkins1

One more time.....

Steele, the token Negro visited Street C

And prayed along with Robertson and old white Huckabees

Little Erik Cantor loved that rascal Steele,

And let him run the RNC and turn the steering wheel.

Oh, Steele, the token Negro ran the RNC

And blamed Barack for Bush's war which everyone can see

Together they would travel on a jet with private sail

Eric prayed his token Steel would never, ever fail,

“Racists!” he would snivel whene’er his critics came,

And John McCain would scowl and frown when Steele roared out his name.

Oh Steele, the token Negro ran the RNC

And sneered along with Rome’s Bishops and old white Huckabees

Oh Steele, the token Negro ran the RNC

And ogled topless waitresses with old white Huckabees


Posted by: areyousaying | July 4, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele told a stunned crowd at a Republican fundraiser that the time had come for the United States to consider surrendering:
The continued occupation of bases in Japan has been a war of Obama's choosing. This is not something the United States has actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in. Well, if Barack Obama 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 Asia, alright, because everyone who's tried over a thousand years of history has failed.

American troops have been bogged down in Japan for sixty-five years. I think it is high time that President Obama take responsibility for his failure and surrender to the Japanese. With a little luck, our troops may be allowed to return home after a few years in Japanese prison camps. The time has come for Barack Obama to admit that he made a mistake when he occupied Japan in 1945. It's time to end the suffering.
Republican leaders are reportedly debating whether to remove Steele from his position, or simply force him to repeat high school world history.

Posted by: jontomus | July 4, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

JCWillmore:

what did he say now? I can't follow links.....takes too long to pull up.

(((hearty laughs))) I'm still on dial up.
Go figure.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 4, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

swatkins

........."So you think that surviving prison camp are qualifications enough, eh...?

----qualifications for what? I never said he had qualifications for anything. I didn't vote for him in the presidential race. But he does have qualifications for a salute to be given to him. And a modicum of respect.

....."And you feel comfortable with his finger on the nuke button in the white house?...."

---I never said anything about "wanting him to win" or being comfortable with him. Heck, I am in Arizona. You are misreading my entries.

With Sarah Palin next to him? Jesus H. Christ
Saviour Saint Palin you say. Sure, right fine. Whatever
And BTW, my Saviour complex since you used Jesus H. Christ, takes on a totally different form.

Thanks for the mis-reading of my entries though. I could see you would have no respect for a prisoner of war. Even on the smallest amount of protocol.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 4, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

So, this article is about a republican loser and a hypocrite criticizing a republican liar and and an idiot.

Same old, same old.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | July 4, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Steele seems adapt at representing Conservative thought by his actions. Unfortunately for Steele they'd like too keep those thoughts to themselves.

Posted by: Emmetrope | July 4, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Steele seems adapt at representing Conservative thought by his actions. Unfortunately for Steele they'd like too keep those thoughts to themselves.

Posted by: Emmetrope | July 4, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh, looks like Michael Steele may have done it again . . .

http://shockoe-lit-mess.blogspot.com/2010/07/michael-steele-calls-on-americans-to.html

Posted by: JCWilmore | July 4, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

If Mr. Steele continues to make gaffes and fail to concentrate on his job it is time for him to leave.

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 4, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Steele criticizes Obama for not knowing history? Afganistan has been conquored many times in land wars. Alexander the Great did it as did Ghengis Khan. And there is a list of others.

Posted by: Lefty_ | July 4, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

MICHAEL STEEL YOU ARE OUT!!! I DO NOT SUPPORT YOU, YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO BE THE RNC CHAIR MAN AND I AM AN INDEPENDENT VOTER!!!! GET OUT!!! THAT IS AS PER LIZ CHEYNEY WOMEN WE ALL STICK TOGETGHER THAT IS HOW WE GOT THE RIGHT TO VOTE!!!! WE THINK THEREFORE WE ARE

Posted by: 7andrade | July 4, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

GEROGE WASHINTON WAS #1 NEW YORK WAS THE CAPITAL OF THE VERY 1ST. COLONIES I WENT WITH MY SON TO GEORGE WASHINGTON'S CHAPEL, AND TRINITY CHURCH AND WALL STREET RIGHT ACCROSSS THE NYST IS WHERE GEROGE WASHINGTON WAS SWORNED AS THE FIRST PRESIDENT AND HILLARY CLINTON WAS THE FIRST WOMEN EVER TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT SO OBAMA AC DC SONG WHO MADE WHO? WHO MADE YOU? THE LION KING REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE!!! THE LIONESSES RULE AND WORK TOGETHER HUNTER AND GATHERERS IT IS IN OUR NATURE!!!GOES FOR YOU TODAY GEROGE MIACHAEL SONG FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND FREDDOM OF RELIGION IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!

Posted by: 7andrade | July 4, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

GIve MCCain time. he will flip flop and say something else just as stupid or irrelevant. He is just waiting for the latest polls from Arizona before he makes his mind up.

Posted by: racerdoc | July 4, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

GIve MCCain time. he will flip flop and say something else just as stupid or irrelevant. He is just waiting for the latest polls from Arizona before he makes his mind up.

Posted by: racerdoc | July 4, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

YOU PEOPLE STINK!!! DO YOU KNOW THAT SONG WHO MADE WHO WHO MADE YOU BY AC DC THAT GOES FOR OBAMA HE IS NO ONE WITHOUT THE CLINTONS AND PATREUS AND HILLARY ARE FROM NY!!! SO DEAL WITH IT GEORGE WASHINTON AND THE USA FIRST CAPITAL WAS THE EMPIRE STATE NY NY NY NY!!!!! KNOW YOUR OWN HISTORY!!!!!

Posted by: 7andrade | July 4, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Come on you big guys. Steel is just exercising his first amendement rights just like the lunatic in Nevada will exercise her second amendment rights when she loses her election.

The bottom line is that the Republican Party is beginning to reap what it has sewn: a hateful, lying, deceitful, ultra rightwing group of fascists, none of whom know what facts are.

I pray for America daily to protect us from these "super patriots" who have no clue what it means to defend American ideals, form of government, and way of life. Gun-toting, government-hating, greedy people should bother a lot of us who believe that a "free" country is one where one does not have to fear the irrational acts of those who should know better.

Posted by: EarlC | July 4, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Come on you big guys. Steel is just exercising his first amendement rights just like the lunatic in Nevada will exercise her second amendment rights when she loses her election.

The bottom line is that the Republican Party is beginning to reap what it has sewn: a hateful, lying, deceitful, ultra rightwing group of fascists, none of whom know what facts are.

I pray for America daily to protect us from these "super patriots" who have no clue what it means to defend American ideals, form of government, and way of life. Gun-toting, government-hating, greedy people should bother a lot of us who believe that a "free" country is one where one does not have to fear the irrational acts of those who should know better.

Posted by: EarlC | July 4, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

This is sooo delicious! The Repubs just spinning around, clueless as to which way is up!!! So which is it? Is the war "good" or is it "bad" ??? Ha ha ha ha !

Hey, I've got the perfect solution for ya all, run Palin and Steele as the next ticket! That'll knock them dead and solve ALL our problems! Yeah!

Posted by: WP11231 | July 4, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

AND I AM POSTING THIS COMMENT HERE BECAUSE THE WALL STREET JOURNAL WILL NOT POST IT!!! IT IS NOT KOSHER ENOUGH FOR THEM ON THE 4TH OF JULY YOU KNOW THEY HAVE THEIR OWN BIAS AGAINST PEOPLE LIKE ME INDEPENDENTS!!! And so do you and the the NYT too
Come one you know bette then anyone else that there is a SILENCT bias for Jewish peopel in this country right Bill Kristall from the Weekly Standard and The Clintons YET!!! AS A CHRISTIAN YOU WANT ME TO PRETNEND LIKE WE I AM THE ONE WITH THE JEWISH PROBLEM!!!! last night on the 101.9 RXP the only modern rock Rardio station the band by the nameo f Silver spoon has a song that goes: how many time do you want to die? We are ready and we have all it takes to destroy you: meaning "HISNPANIC PEOPLE" BECAUSE WE ARE NOT ONLY CHRISTIANS BUT WE ARE CATHOLICS AND WE HAVE CHURCHES!!! SO PLEASE DON'T PRETEND LIKE THERE IS NOT "SILVER LINING" AROUND HERE YOU ARE TREATING ME LIKE CRAP BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE MONEY!! O CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR RE-ELECTIONS YET I COUNT BECAUSE I AM A CHRISTIAN SO MAKE UP YOUR MIND DO YOU WANT ME BECAUSE I AM A POOR CHRISTIAN OR DO YOU WANT ME TO BOW DOWN TO THE JEWS BECAUSE THEY HAVE MONEY EITHER WAY YOU ARE GOING TO LOOSE!!!! NO ONE PIMPS MY RIDE!!!! THAT GOES FOR ARABS, JEWS AND BAD CHRISTIANS WHO ONLY CARE ABOUT MONEY AND NOT THE PRINCIPALS, THE 10 COMMENMANTS, THE CONSTITUTION, AND OUR FLAG SHAME ONE YOU!!! GREED IS NOT GOOD, OH AND NOW YOU DON'T WANT TO POST IT BECAUE IS NOT KOHER????

Posted by: 7andrade | July 4, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

AND I AM POSTING THIS COMMENT HERE BECAUSE THE WALL STREET JOURNAL WILL NOT POST IT!!! IT IS NOT KOSHER ENOUGH FOR THEM ON THE 4TH OF JULY YOU KNOW THEY HAVE THEIR OWN BIAS AGAINST PEOPLE LIKE ME INDEPENDENTS!!! And so do you and the the NYT too
Come one you know bette then anyone else that there is a SILENCT bias for Jewish peopel in this country right Bill Kristall from the Weekly Standard and The Clintons YET!!! AS A CHRISTIAN YOU WANT ME TO PRETNEND LIKE WE I AM THE ONE WITH THE JEWISH PROBLEM!!!! last night on the 101.9 RXP the only modern rock Rardio station the band by the nameo f Silver spoon has a song that goes: how many time do you want to die? We are ready and we have all it takes to destroy you: meaning "HISNPANIC PEOPLE" BECAUSE WE ARE NOT ONLY CHRISTIANS BUT WE ARE CATHOLICS AND WE HAVE CHURCHES!!! SO PLEASE DON'T PRETEND LIKE THERE IS NOT "SILVER LINING" AROUND HERE YOU ARE TREATING ME LIKE CRAP BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE MONEY!! O CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR RE-ELECTIONS YET I COUNT BECAUSE I AM A CHRISTIAN SO MAKE UP YOUR MIND DO YOU WANT ME BECAUSE I AM A POOR CHRISTIAN OR DO YOU WANT ME TO BOW DOWN TO THE JEWS BECAUSE THEY HAVE MONEY EITHER WAY YOU ARE GOING TO LOOSE!!!! NO ONE PIMPS MY RIDE!!!! THAT GOES FOR ARABS, JEWS AND BAD CHRISTIANS WHO ONLY CARE ABOUT MONEY AND NOT THE PRINCIPALS, THE 10 COMMENMANTS, THE CONSTITUTION, AND OUR FLAG SHAME ONE YOU!!! GREED IS NOT GOOD, OH AND NOW YOU DON'T WANT TO POST IT BECAUE IS NOT KOHER????

Posted by: 7andrade | July 4, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Steele is that he is not savvy enough to understand even though the likes of Savage and other radio talk show hosts say those kind of things all the time, they do not have to be logical, reasonable or factual. Indeed often the reverse is true.

For the Chairman of the Republican Party to assert that Afghanistan is Obama's war shows a wilful disregard of the facts, not to mention anything else. The Republican Party members at the very least must publicly show that they know the facts.

Michael Steele needs to resign and Join the right wing radio talk show gang where crudity, ignorance and stupidity are the stock-in-trade. If Steele becomes a talk show show, he can call Obama a communist and liken presidency to that of Hitler's leadership.

Chances are, many of those Republicans who are criticizing him now will become his silent supporters.

Posted by: archie136 | July 4, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

AND I AM POSTING THIS COMMENT HERE BECAUSE THE WALL STREET JOURNAL WILL NOT POST IT!!! IT IS NOT KOSHER ENOUGH FOR THEM ON THE 4TH OF JULY YOU KNOW THEY HAVE THEIR OWN BIAS AGAINST PEOPLE LIKE ME INDEPENDENTS!!! And so do you and the the NYT too
Come one you know bette then anyone else that there is a SILENCT bias for Jewish peopel in this country right Bill Kristall from the Weekly Standard and The Clintons YET!!! AS A CHRISTIAN YOU WANT ME TO PRETNEND LIKE WE I AM THE ONE WITH THE JEWISH PROBLEM!!!! last night on the 101.9 RXP the only modern rock Rardio station the band by the nameo f Silver spoon has a song that goes: how many time do you want to die? We are ready and we have all it takes to destroy you: meaning "HISNPANIC PEOPLE" BECAUSE WE ARE NOT ONLY CHRISTIANS BUT WE ARE CATHOLICS AND WE HAVE CHURCHES!!! SO PLEASE DON'T PRETEND LIKE THERE IS NOT "SILVER LINING" AROUND HERE YOU ARE TREATING ME LIKE CRAP BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE MONEY!! O CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR RE-ELECTIONS YET I COUNT BECAUSE I AM A CHRISTIAN SO MAKE UP YOUR MIND DO YOU WANT ME BECAUSE I AM A POOR CHRISTIAN OR DO YOU WANT ME TO BOW DOWN TO THE JEWS BECAUSE THEY HAVE MONEY EITHER WAY YOU ARE GOING TO LOOSE!!!! NO ONE PIMPS MY RIDE!!!! THAT GOES FOR ARABS, JEWS AND BAD CHRISTIANS WHO ONLY CARE ABOUT MONEY AND NOT THE PRINCIPALS, THE 10 COMMENMANTS, THE CONSTITUTION, AND OUR FLAG SHAME ONE YOU!!! GREED IS NOT GOOD, OH AND NOW YOU DON'T WANT TO POST IT BECAUE IS NOT KOHER????

Posted by: 7andrade | July 4, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

AND I AM POSTING THIS COMMENT HERE BECAUSE THE WALL STREET JOURNAL WILL NOT POST IT!!! IT IS NOT KOSHER ENOUGH FOR THEM ON THE 4TH OF JULY YOU KNOW THEY HAVE THEIR OWN BIAS AGAINST PEOPLE LIKE ME INDEPENDENTS!!! And so do you and the the NYT too
Come one you know bette then anyone else that there is a SILENCT bias for Jewish peopel in this country right Bill Kristall from the Weekly Standard and The Clintons YET!!! AS A CHRISTIAN YOU WANT ME TO PRETNEND LIKE WE I AM THE ONE WITH THE JEWISH PROBLEM!!!! last night on the 101.9 RXP the only modern rock Rardio station the band by the nameo f Silver spoon has a song that goes: how many time do you want to die? We are ready and we have all it takes to destroy you: meaning "HISNPANIC PEOPLE" BECAUSE WE ARE NOT ONLY CHRISTIANS BUT WE ARE CATHOLICS AND WE HAVE CHURCHES!!! SO PLEASE DON'T PRETEND LIKE THERE IS NOT "SILVER LINING" AROUND HERE YOU ARE TREATING ME LIKE CRAP BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE MONEY!! O CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR RE-ELECTIONS YET I COUNT BECAUSE I AM A CHRISTIAN SO MAKE UP YOUR MIND DO YOU WANT ME BECAUSE I AM A POOR CHRISTIAN OR DO YOU WANT ME TO BOW DOWN TO THE JEWS BECAUSE THEY HAVE MONEY EITHER WAY YOU ARE GOING TO LOOSE!!!! NO ONE PIMPS MY RIDE!!!! THAT GOES FOR ARABS, JEWS AND BAD CHRISTIANS WHO ONLY CARE ABOUT MONEY AND NOT THE PRINCIPALS, THE 10 COMMENMANTS, THE CONSTITUTION, AND OUR FLAG SHAME ONE YOU!!! GREED IS NOT GOOD, OH AND NOW YOU DON'T WANT TO POST IT BECAUE IS NOT KOHER????

Posted by: 7andrade | July 4, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Jesus Christ!! Steele, Palin, tea-baggers, and the rest of the rabid right-wingers would blame the Spanish Inquisiton, and the black plague on Obama if they thought someone would list.

Posted by: insider9909 | July 4, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I would like Mr. Mc Cain tell me what the deaths of 56,000 Americans in Vietnam accomplished except putting billions into the defense industry's pockets. As Harry Truman said the only thing new in history is the history we do not know.

Posted by: whistleblower1 | July 4, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing to me that the chair of the Republican Party needs to call a Fox News commentator to beg forgiveness.

Steele's comment was idiotic, but I don't think he's an idiot. He's just having trouble figuring out how to get out in front of his constituents. He needs to consult with Kristol, Limbaugh and Beck to figure out the RIGHT bits of idiocy to throw around.

Posted by: factota | July 4, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain, who appeared on the program from Kabul, called Steele's remarks "wildly inaccurate"....C'mon John, it's called lying. You know, the stuff the Republican Party lives on.

Posted by: tempestite | July 4, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul: Gives Thanks & Congratulations to Michael Steele for Leading the Charge Against The Afghanistan War
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Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) the beloved libertarian, former presidential candidate and longtime skeptic of foreign military entanglements, put out a statement on Sunday congratulating Steele for having the courage to, as he put it, tell the truth on the Afghan war:
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I would like to Congratulate Michael Steele for his leadership on one of the most important issues of today. He is absolutely right: Afghanistan is now Obama's war.

During the 2008 campaign, Obama was out in front in insisting that more troops be sent to Afghanistan. Obama called for expanding the war even as he pretended to be a peace candidate.

Michael Steele should not resign.

Smart policies make smart politics. He is guiding the party in the right direction and we are on the verge of victory this fall. Chairman Steele should not back off. He is giving the country, especially young people, hope as he speaks truth about this war.

I have to ask myself, what is the agenda of the harsh critics demanding this resignation ?

Why do they support Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama's War ?

"The American people are sick and tired spending Hundreds of Billions of Dollars a Year, Draining Our Economy and Straining Our Military.

Michael Steele has it right and Republicans should stick by him"
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Paul's statement, of course, doesn't take into consideration that Steele and the RNC have put out at least two separate statements clarifying his remark -- essentially walking it back. If he's congratulating Steele for speaking truth to power, he's roughly two days late.

Posted by: omaarsblade | July 4, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Steele is in fact no longer a republican. HE just not realize it himself.His statements reflect his change of heart. It presents a real predicamemt for his fellow republicans because it tears at them from within.

Posted by: joe100821 | July 4, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Uh, oh.
Trouble with Negroes in Huckabee Jesuslandia.

Posted by: areyousaying | July 4, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

A vice chairman of the California Republican Party questioned the value of continuing the [9-Year War] in Afghanistan in light of its Heavy Costs to American Taxpayers.
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Jon Fleischman, a political consultant and veteran GOP official in California, was writing in response to an op-ed calling on Michael Steele to resign as chairman of the Republican National Committee over his criticism of the war last week.
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"For what it is worth, I'm an officer with the CA Republican Party and I can't figure out what we are achieving in Afghanistan, at least not for the economic cost to US Taxpayers," Fleischman wrote on Friday....

"Since I am not particularly isolationist, it means my government is failing to communicate well."

It is the latest evidence that the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, which once garnered near-universal support from Republicans, has now become a source of ideological dissension at the highest ranks of the party.

Republican defenders of the war are still far more vocal. The condemnations of Michael Steele from his fellow party members have been frequent and furious (Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain joined the chorus on Sunday); some senior party activists and at least one member of Congress have demanded that he resign over his remarks.

"This was a war of Obama's choosing," Steele said at a videotaped fundraiser in Connecticut on Thursday. "This is not something the United States has actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in."

"[I]f 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, alright, because everyone who's tried over a thousand years of history has failed," Steele continued.

Posted by: omaarsblade | July 4, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a spokesperson for the defense industry that continues to reap BILLIONS from this war. That is the only reason this war continues. Steele knows it, McCain knows it, Obama knows it, Petraeus knows it...they all know it....Winning is NOT an objective...we cant win. We are there because of the economic benefit to some very powerful defense industries.

Posted by: jpb0914 | July 4, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a spokesperson for the defense industry that continues to reap BILLIONS from this war. That is the only reason this war continues. Steele knows it, McCain knows it, Obama knows it, Petraeus knows it...they all know it....Winning is NOT an objective...we cant win. We are there because of the economic benefit to some very powerful defense industries.

Posted by: jpb0914 | July 4, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

To TheBabeNemo: So you think that surviving prison camp are qualifications enough, eh? And you feel comfortable with his finger on the nuke button in the white house? With Sarah Palin next to him? Jesus H. Christ.

Posted by: swatkins1 | July 4, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a spokesperson for the defense industry that continues to reap BILLIONS from this war. That is the only reason this war continues. Steele knows it, McCain knows it, Obama knows it, Petraeus knows it...they all know it....Winning is NOT an objective...we cant win. We are there because of the economic benefit to some very powerful defense industries.

Posted by: jpb0914 | July 4, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Steele is an idiot. He was chosen because of his anecdotal status of a presumed black conservative.

Now, like so many other unqualified "people of color" he can't be gotten rid of until the GOP suddenly gets a spine and testicular transplant.

Just like the little agitator in the White House, Steele is a perfect example of the Peter Principle - enshrined by liberal buffoonery.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | July 4, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Poor John! This is much more about John getting FREE PUBLICITY, than about Steele.
John should have long ago reevaluated his ability to lead, as well as his ability to fly. And, maybe his moral fiber, as he was having sex with a high school girl, while Carol, his crippled ex model wife was recouperating from the automobile accident. After all, she stood by him through his four airplane crashes, hospitalizations, and his getting shot down, and made a POW.

Posted by: laurelphoto | July 4, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

rcc:

McCain will get re-elected to the Senate. Arizona loves him.

Which is still a mystery as to why for me......((((hearty grins)))

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 4, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain is senile, no bout a doubt it. Steele is a buffoon. Gotta love politics. Sadly, Obama inherited Afghanistan which is an unwinnable war. Sorry for all those Americans who will be sacrificed in the folly.

Posted by: sero1 | July 4, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse


i'm talking about a fact.
5 years in Nam prison, with the Khmer Rouge probably administering torture.

As a candidate, I know the election of President Obama got caught in his throat. He sure doesn't like it, but still he survived Nam. There is an amount of respect for that.

And he's right about Steele.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 4, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo wrote: "McCain was a prisoner of war for 5 years in Nam. He learned pain & suffering. Cut him a break."
"Victory is what he wants."

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McCain sold his soul to get re-elected. He was absolutely insane as a candidate, and I seriously doubt he is mentally stable. Just so he can have power, you say cut him a break? Really??? McCain needs to retire. He was once a proud man, but not anymore. Sorry for that, but he's spent.

Posted by: swatkins1 | July 4, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

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McCain is a doddering old fool who should have retired in 2006. Shame that he destroyed his legacy and will only be remembered as the obscure senile presidential aspirant who unleashed the Palin political dark star and helped launch the plague of Tea Klan Party upon us.

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Posted by: rcc_2000 | July 4, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Michael can perhaps be excused for he simply extends pretzel GOP logic, that also faults Obama for not clearing out oil industry shills from the Bush administration MMS...

Swaggart and Hugh Grant emcee next GOP fundraiser;
Lordy, lordy, we won't waste your fool's tiding on sex! ;^)

Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | July 4, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain was a prisoner of war for 5 years in Nam.
He learned pain & suffering.
Cut him a break.

Victory is what he wants. Not running away. Besides, we will still have "non combatant" soldiers stationed. Like Germany. How long has our bases been there?????

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 4, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

jimeglrd8, You certainly have swallowed Limbaugh's message! You are a certified Limbaugh/Palin?Beck minion now! Go get your diploma.

Posted by: swatkins1 | July 4, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey, cut this affirmative action clown some slack. It's difficult to discern which party - Dems or GOP - is more stupid. It makes me feel good I'm an Independent. Happy Fourth!

Posted by: sero1 | July 4, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Bush cut and run Afghanistan to go to Iraq.
No wonder the Taliban resurfaced.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 4, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone say 9-11 ???

Gee, I wonder why we are in Afghanistan in the first place.......
I mean heck, so what if the Taliban are resurging and taking Pakistan with them.

Steele forgot to mention 9-11 and the fact that we were attacked.

KICK HIM TO THE CURB!!!

Don't even let him finish up till January, whereby he won't be there anyway.
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I saw the McCain interview. And the Steele comments were "wildly inaccurate".

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 4, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele don't belong in the GOP, just like he knows he don't belong in the 1700s, during the Boston Tea Party era.... which 2010 Tea Partyers and GOP.... yearn so much to take America back to....

Let Clarence Thomas go back to the Boston Tea Party Era by his-self, so he could carry Scalia's water for him and wash the big Conservative man's feet...

Posted by: HerLao | July 4, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Small potatoes. This is a good issue to sidetrack the Libs from the real issues. Kind of like the Scott Brown race.

Posted by: hz9604 | July 4, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain learned nothing from the Vietnam War. In stark contract this week was the late Sentor Byrd who learned from the Vietnam war and knew that Bush/McCain mislead the country into war with Iraq.

Posted by: Kflke | July 4, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Steele is just telling the truth.

The war can't be won and we're still there because of Obama.

Posted by: John991 | July 4, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

NOvember means NOpublicans LEFT in office.

Let's take the saying - What a party!
and make it just - What party?

Posted by: 1-20-09 | July 4, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele has Just announce his resig....uhhh eerr I mean Steele has announced he is to perform on "America's Got Talent" to prove to the world he really is talented...at something.

Posted by: pt1836metz | July 4, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Graham has it right. The comment was untimely. If the war goes like many of us expect, the Republican candidate in 2012 will criticize the war, and like Eisenhower and Nixon will get us out of it when he or she wins.

Posted by: jhough1 | July 4, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Small potatoes. This is a good issue to sidetrack the Libs from the real issues. Kind of like the Scott Brown race.

Posted by: hz9604 | July 4, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The only way for Steele to save face with the Republicans now is to half step to the Podium and do a Jig for the republican party.
A bald head, White shirt and baggy pants, that old soft shoe
He'd jump so high, he'd jump so high, then he lightly touched down
Mr. Steele, Mr. Steele, dance for the republican party.

Posted by: pt1836metz | July 4, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Caliphacy Note... "to the Citizens of the United States" please be advised... ... ... yeah i got that, no really because those GOP terrorist are your magic negros... it's a good thing i know "THAT WASN'T RACIST... IT'S JUST THE TRUTH OUT IN THE OPEN!!!!" tom turkys over there with their mami wives/mistresses serving their corporate white owners cause... "TO MAKE THEM RICH!!!!... SO THEY CAN KEEP GETTING THEIR BIG CRUMBS... THE DIRTY RATS!" NO REALLY, AND YOU NEED TO GET YOURSELVES TOGETHER BECAUSE THIS IS THE LAST FIGHT AND GOD IS GOING TO GET THE GOP!!!! NO REALLY AND WHO EVER IS WITH THEM! OH YOU'LL SEE "YOUR SEEING SOME OF IT NOW.

Posted by: ahmadmali | July 4, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain should openly call for Steele's resignation and nominate Palin.

Posted by: streff | July 4, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

He also noted that Steele sent him an email explaining that his comments were "misconstrued."

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"Misconstrued"???

Har-de-har-har-har.

(Remove the first seven letters and the very last letter from "misconstrued" and you'll know what Steele was really saying.)

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | July 4, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

McCain lost the election . . . maybe he should write a book and tour the country . . .or maybe he should just retire.

Posted by: GaryMurray2 | July 4, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

JCM-51, you are nuts!

Posted by: oakiedokie | July 4, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Just a reminder of what a nightmare a McCain presidency would have been.

Posted by: rusty3 | July 4, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is actually right but he is just screwing things up in his scripts. Sure he is saying the correct scripts given to him by the republicans but he is messing up on which script to give and when to give it. The latest script was screwed up in timing because it was supposed to be given about a year from now to counter Obama in what he is estimated to do. Steele is like a bad comedian, he knows the words but not when to say them or how to say them. So the only ones laughing are the democrats and independents. Republicans are to blame because they gave the man very poor training.

Posted by: pt1836metz | July 4, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

The Repubs picked the wrong Black to use against President Obama! They should now go for Angle, Palin, and the two ladies from California as spokepersons for the party. The Dems would love this!

Posted by: oakiedokie | July 4, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Correcting the above writer re Bush not entering the U.S. also into Afghanistan and only Iraqi, you are not in tune with the news of the day. Bush and Congress promoted the U.S. involvement into both areas but Iraq on a larger scale to topple the former leader whom his father missed and also to secure the oil rights. Meanwhile the DOD felt that Afghanistan which was the true home of the Taliban and at that time the home or center point of al-Qaeda; remember we had created and truly supported their military might to defeat the Russians. They may be reduced in size and military might but never eliminated but it is the Taliban who will continue to be the military might in that area - the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong of this generation and our albatross around our neck in prolonging an unwindable war.

Posted by: davidmswyahoocom | July 4, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

What a bogus headline. I heard what McCain said from McCain's onw lips, and it was nowhere near as damning as this headline.

Steele hit the nail on the head. The day Obama took office, this became his war. He promised to get us out and is now reneging on that promise.

Sad to say, when a Democrat makes an outlandish statement, both Democrats and the MSM immediately leaps to his/her defense. When a Republican makes an outlandish statement, other Republicans trip over themselves trying to throw the guy to the curb.

Republicans need to take a page from the Democrat playbook and stick together when attacked.

Steele should stay.

Obama should go.

Posted by: JCM-51 | July 4, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Although Chairman Steele is taking a lot of heat for saying that Afghanistan is now "Obama's War" what he is saying is absolutely true. Bush may have sent our military to invade Afghanistan and Iraq it is Obama who expanded the war in Afghanistan and continues the occupation of Iraq. These are now Obama's wars. One of the few things in which American Presidents can truly have an impact is foreign policy. Obama's policy is one of war. He counts on these wars to bolster our economy and to placate the military industrial complex which he serves. Shame on Obama. How many thousands of people must die before the US is forced to bring its' troops home? Their blood is on Obama's hands and are his responsibility.

Posted by: jimeglrd8 | July 4, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

With those Steely cutting remarks, the republicans have no choice but to search for a new type of Negro. One that can fulfill all of the dreams and desires of the republican goals. But will is such a man out there? Or will they have to go through the trash bin a pull out an Allan Keys, or maybe a J.C Watts...Colin Powell is totally out of the question after they set him up as the straw man for Bush's Wackey Iraqy invasion. So the question is who will it be?....Will it be YOU!

Posted by: pt1836metz | July 4, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is only one of an entire cohort of Republicans who give speeches evidencing their ignorance and/or their lies. This group includes Senator Grassley and Rep. Michelle Bachman ("death panels"), John McCain ("I'm a maverick. No, I am not a maverick"), and Sarah Palin (on just about everything).

Why then are Republicans piling on Michael Steele while others who have more "power for bad" have been consistently praised?

Posted by: spbphil | July 4, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Steele's remarks were pretty much correct, since nobody could conquer the wild tribes of Afghanistan from Alexander the Great on (330 B.C) until the Muslims, who only half-conquered them, basically being satisfied with conversion to Islam. In modern times the British got miserably defeated, then the Soviets, albeit with our help, and now we look to be on the loser's team there too. The pipe dream that we can make them pro-Western with a secular democracy that dumps horrible Islamic Sharia is doomed unless we want to take the children away and educate them on our own for 18-21 years. Instead of wasting our treasure and blood there, we should be saving up for the invasion and regime change in Iran, our real #1 enemy. Study Islam's history to understand all the nuances free with the Historyscoper at http://go.to/islamhistory

Posted by: tlwinslow | July 4, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey Micheal Steele: TALK BABY TALK!

You are the Dems' most articulate spokesman for what's wrong with the GOP. Please, don't ever resign.

Posted by: CCCinNaptown | July 4, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is an idiot. Anyone who witnessed his performances, a few years back, on the Bill Maher Show, realized this early on. Maher won't even invite him back, which really tells you something about Steele.

Posted by: wp318676 | July 4, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Who's the "Magic Negro" now, repubicans?

Posted by: swatkins1 | July 4, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

There is a lot of truth to Steele's statement.

Bush was into Iraq, not Afghanistan. Obama is the one who escalated the Afghanistan war. Obama can get out but now he's waffling and saying he's not getting out until the Afghan's are ready (which is never).

Having done the above, Obama owns this war and consequently, as Steele said, its a war of Obama's choosing.

Posted by: DarrylScott | July 4, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Who's the "Magic Negro" now, repubicans?

Posted by: swatkins1 | July 4, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

What's next? Will the Republicans also be shocked to find that gambling is taking place at Rick's? Steele's comments as well as those of Rep. Joe Barton a week or so ago were not "unfortunate" or "misspoken" -- they were merely said in public as opposed to behind closed doors where such utterings are both countenanced and broadly reflective of how the GOP reinvents truth to suit their vision and version of it. All this fake outrage is getting more than a little tiresome.

Posted by: jcolky | July 4, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

God is proving Himself to be true. He is abasing those who are exalted because they fail to acknowledge His power to overcome this war. God is against nations joining together for protection, provision and control etc.; He frustrates, confuses and destroys their plans (G-20, UN, EU, NATO, Quartet)
(Psalm 1 and 2, II Chronicles 16:7-12; 20:35-37; Leviticus 26, Isaiah 8:9-14; 30:1-7)

Our government and world leaders including UN have been repeatedly warned throughout the wars and rumors of wars that God is against nations joining;
and they have been repeatedly warned that this is a holy war and can only be won when we want God's wisdom to rule.

Twitter: Email Pres Obama “I want Ten Commandments, as written Exodus 20, as nation’s standard; I will not work, buy or sell on 7th day Sabbath.”

Posted by: MarieDevine | July 4, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The guy isn't even man enough to admit that he was wrong. He was misconstrued! Taken out of context! How pathetic.

Posted by: jb505 | July 4, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The guy isn't even man enough to admit that he was wrong. He was misconstrued! Taken out of context! How pathetic.

Posted by: jb505 | July 4, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Whose more to blame...steele or gop. McCain picked Palin for political reasons and the gop made steele the RNC leader to say they had a token black man in a leadership role. Maybe it is the GOP that needs to rethink its strategy.

Posted by: steveeyes | July 4, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

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