Michael Steele blows up Afghanistan
Just in time for the Fourth of July -- a time we celebrate America, freedom and our troops who defend both at home and abroad -- Michael Steele once again sticks his foot in his mouth (and down his throat). At a fundraiser in Connecticut, the Republican National Committee chairman proclaimed that the war in Afghanistan is a war of choice that is lost. All thanks to President Obama.
The Democratic National Committee is having a field day letting everyone know about Steele’s muddled thinking. Meanwhile, Greg Sargent tries his best to decipher the Soul Train scramble board that is Steele’s comment. Pay close attention to the update appended to Sargent’s post.
UPDATE, 10:44 a.m.: RNC spokesman Doug Heye clarifies:
The Chairman clearly supports our troops but believes that success of the war effort in Afghanistan requires the ongoing support of the American people.
The responsibility for building and maintaining that strategy falls squarely on the shoulders of the President. Like so many Americans, Chairman Steele wants to hear an explanation from President Obama on what his strategy is for winning the war in Afghanistan. The Petraeus hearings were an opportunity - a missed opportunity - to do that. Instead, all we hear from the President is criticism of his predecessor for doing exactly the same thing. At the same time, Congress must stop playing politics with the war and provide the funding our troops need to win and come home.
Oh! Now, I get it. Hmm, perhaps the wrong person is party chairman.
| July 2, 2010; 12:07 PM ET
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