Friday, July 2, 2010

Michael Steele: Afghanistan Was A War of "Obama's Choosing"

Remarkably, RNC Chair Michael Steele recently implied that Obama started the war in Afghanistan. Speaking at a Connecticut fundraiser for Republican candidates, Steele said the following:
"Keep in mind again, federal candidates, this was a war of Obama's choosing. This was not something that the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in," he said. "But it was the president who was trying to be cute by half by building a script demonizing Iraq, while saying the battle really should be in Afghanistan. Well, if he 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 Afghanistan?"
Apparently, it was just a fake war until Obama's presidency.

UPDATE: Several anti-war progressives have praised Steele for stating that the war is unwinnable. See, e.g., A cycle of stupidity. For the same reason, several conservatives have demanded that he resign as RNC chair. See, e.g., A Letter to Michael Steele.


Josh Dowlut said...

What's the defacto statute of limitations on revisionist history? It would appear that Steele is inside of it.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Poor Steele. Now, more Repubs are calling for his resignation.

Vigilante said...

Don't know what the complaint is. Steele tripped over the truth and did a face-plant at the GOP table. But what he said before he recanted, seems perfectly accurate to me!

libhom said...

The Afghanistan war started as Bush's war, but Obama has made it his own by dragging it out even longer. Both administrations have been using mercenary corporations as money launderers to pay the Taliban to keep fighting. The whole thing is about political corruption and payoffs, not national defense.

Hippi Chicki Niki said...

Okay, let's not imitate Steele and stick to the facts. Nine-eleven was planned and executed by operatives trained in Afghanistan and who were working under the direction of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. We went to war there in 2001, when Barack Obama was a state senator from my home town. Afghanistan was a war that was a natural reaction to a terrorist attack on our home soil.

Unfortunately, we spent many years underfunding that war and focusing our national attention on a war in a completely different place that had absolutely nothing to do with 9-11 (except for the fact that some of th masterminds of 9-11 were anti-American because of their belief that Hussein was a problem that the Arab world should take care of and their anger that the United States had intervened in the early 90s in the issue between Iraq and Kuwait).

Our boys have been in Afghanistan ever since 2001. We may have forgotten them and not given them the proper resources and turned a blind eye to them risking their lives there, but this war is heading toward the ten-year mark.

The new President saying "Hold on, let's stop fighting a war in a place that has nothing to do with us and focus on the war that has to do with the terrorist attack and attempted attacks on our homeland and start paying attention to our soldiers, airmen, and marines risking their lives without the proper resources," makes absolutely perfect sense. Trying to refocus the strategy and gives the American troops the resources that they had been denied for seven years or so makes sense.

Whether you agree with the war or think we should pull out; whether you are conservative, liberal or progressive; whether you are Republican, Democrat or Independant; let's all at the very least stick to actual facts.

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