Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, hopes to contain a growing controversy within his party. Key Republican senators questioned his effectiveness after Steele suggested the military operation in Afghanistan—started nine years ago by President Bush—was a lost cause and "a war of Obama’s choosing."
Said Steele at a Connecticut Republican fundraiser:
"This was a war of Obama’s choosing. This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in. [...] It was the president who was trying to be cute by half by flipping a script demonizing Iraq, while saying the battle really should be in Afghanistan. Well, 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 has tried, over a thousand years of history, has failed."
Conservative, anti-gay Republican Sens. John McCain (AZ), Lindsey Graham (SC) and Jim Demint have blasted Steele and a number of leading conservatives, such as Bill Kristol, have once again demanded Steele's resignation.
Steele's historical revisionism seems like another example of Republicans blaming Obama for situations that he didn't create. But are the Republicans demanding Steele's ouster because of his inaccuracy .. or suggesting that we can't win the "war"? Watch it AFTER THE JUMP ...