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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.

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 2, 2010; 12:07 PM ET
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I'm not sure what's wrong with Steele, but I agree with Bill Kristol--he has to go.

no matter what you think of Obama's Afghanistan strategy, you can't just invent a parallel world where George W. Bush never invaded Afghanistan.

this ends up being a plus for the GOP, since Steele will be replaced by someone a lot more effective--and, hopefully, more knowledgeable about current events.

Posted by: michiganruth | July 2, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I think it's hilarious.

Republicans are constantly trying to change their history by denying anything and everything that they had anything to do with from 2001 through 2008, and they're not shy about making up lies over and over again, and they love to blame others.

That's all Michael Steele was doing, the same thing as the rest of them do.

The funny part is, the war in Afghanistan is probably the only thing the Repubicans did from 2001 to 2008 that the entire country really supported.

Posted by: lindalovejones | July 2, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Steele is a buffoon. But I want to point out that had a conservative made a reference to "Soul Train" with regard to any black Democratic politician, every liberal institution in the country (including the Post) would be screaming its outrage. But, since the roles are reversed, I'm sure that observation will begin and end with this comment.

Posted by: bwilder50 | July 3, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Steele does have a way of putting his foot in his mouth, but the underlying thought was good if the GOP wants to lure us Tea Partiers back. Neocons like Kristol continue to destroy the GOP. Draw down the troops in Afghanistan to a few thousand special ops, no more! What a waste of life and of money we don't have.

Posted by: Steve851 | July 3, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have Michael Steele. Dems have Biden. At least Steele is not one heartbeat away from being president.

Posted by: groovercg | July 5, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

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