Question of the week:
This month Republican Party National Committee Chair Michael Steele made headlines over his comments on the Afghanistan War calling it “a war of Obama’s choosing “and later, “This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.” Steele further commented, “If 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? All right? Because everyone who’s tried, over a thousand years of history, has failed,” Steele said. “And there are reasons for that. There are other ways to engage in Afghanistan.” Steele added to his remarks this week saying, “I am 1,000 percent for victory for our men and women in the service, We cannot leave them on the battlefield. This party stands with them. I stand with them. Period. No excuses. No exceptions.”
Steele soon came under fire from fellow Republicans Sen. John McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham and conservative columnist Bill Kristol who said it was error worthy of his removal. So it begs the question, is Michael Steele’s comments a venting and bold talk on the Afghan war or did Michael Steele put his foot into his mouth.