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The GOP has their own equivalent of Democrat Gaffemaster General, Vice President Joe Biden. That would be Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele. Get a load of what Steele said about the Afghanistan War:
“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?”
A war of OBAMA'S choosing ??? Do I even need to point out how ridiculous Steele's statement is ? The Afghanistan War started in 2001 as a response to the 9/11 attacks. The President then was George W. Bush. The Republican party has consistently supported the war. If it was really Obama who chose the war, he somehow did so from the Illinois state legislature. Obama inherited the war from Bush when he became President over seven years later. Afghanistan has also been a land war for years, and if Michael Steele was a student of history, he'd know that.
Even worse, Michael Steele was saying something totally different six months ago, when he SUPPORTED the troop surge in Afghanistan:
"Although this decision took far too long and it should not have, I am glad the president will finally provide General McChrystal with the troops he needs," Steele said in December in response to President Obama's decision to greenlight a surge in Afghanistan. "However, tonight's speech must be the beginning, not the end, of the case President Obama makes to the American people as to why this is, as he said during the campaign, 'a war we have to win.' If the president remains committed to this crucial fight, Republicans - and the American people - will stand with him. But sending mixed signals by outlining the exit before these troops even get on the ground undermines their ability to succeed."
Thus, Steele firmly supported the land war in Afghanistan that he...said...history...shows...you...should...never...get...into. Hmmm.
I do give Steele credit for one thing. Unlike Biden, who never clarifies his gaffes, Steele made an attempt to spin out of his. Here is his latest statement:
“There is no question that America must win the war on terror,” Steele said. “During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Barack Obama made clear his belief that we should not fight in Iraq, but instead concentrate on Afghanistan. Now, as President, he has indeed shifted his focus to this region. That means this is his strategy. And, for the sake of the security of the free world, our country must give our troops the support necessary to win this war.”
I see. Steele was saying the surge is Obama's strategy (even though he said previously the war was of Obama's choosing). Okay, I might accept that, but why has Steele reverted back to his support for winning the war in Afghanistan, when he just castigated Obama for pursuing it, based upon, you know, history ? Did history change in the last six months ?
Michael Steele - pick a position and stick with it. I know this is politics, where the bs flows like oil into the Gulf, but if you want to bs, at least be good at it. Even better, you could drop the partisan claptrap altogether and just tell the truth.
Seizing upon the opportunity to demonize Steele, the Democratic National Committee sprang into action. Here's DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse:
"...the American people will be interested to hear that the leader of the Republican Party thinks recent events related to the war are 'comical' and that he is betting against our troops and rooting for failure in Afghanistan. It’s simply unconscionable that Michael Steele would undermine the morale of our troops when what they need is our support and encouragement."
My, how things change. Woodhouse's comments sound exactly like what Republicans having been saying about Democrats for the last 8+ years. I'm glad we finally have the DNC on record supporting the war, but Woodhouse might want to check in with his liberal base, which has been highly critical of Obama for not withdrawing from Afghanistan. What the DNC spokesman said about Steele could just as easily apply to his own party. From the Washington Post:
Are liberal Dems who have made much the same case about Afghanistan also "rooting for failure" and "betting against our troops"?
Good point, WaPo, but I'll say this much for the libs - at least they have CONSISTENTLY rooted for failure and bet against the troops. Michael Steele only did it when he stupidly thought he could score a partisan point against Obama.
Ain't politics grand ?