December 1st, 2009
08:49 PM ET
4 years ago

Steele: Obama's speech 'must be the beginning, not the end'

Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele released the following statement in response to President Obama's speech about 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. 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.”

Filed under: Afghanistan • Michael Steele • President Obama
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. terry,va

    It is the beginning of the end for this once proud nation. Obummie has us sliding down the slippery slope of socialism and cowards.

    December 1, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. Shane

    We want one speech to give us all the answers. The media and American people have to remember that this is just the first speech.No more no less.

    December 1, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  3. tjaman

    Send Steele! Send him now! Make him help in some concrete, definable way! Took too long my hopes, dreams and aspiriations. At least it didn't take him SEVEN YEARS!!!

    December 1, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  4. will

    I only have one thing to say. I HAVE NEVER NEVER KNOWN A GENERAL SAY, "I have enough troops!!!! I don't have to say anything more.

    December 2, 2009 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Mr. Steele, sit down and shut up. General McChrystal's troop requests were for deployment beginning in December '09 – Beginning of '10. President Obama's well-justified deliberations provided the American people with a clear plan, rather than a "throw troops at a problem and see what sticks" approach of your own party. Furthermore, he gave no exit outline, but merely a date (nearly 2 years away) to aim for in regards to the BEGINNING of a wind-down in U.S. involvement as a way to formally tell Afghanistan that the U.S. will not help them with their problems forever. It also tells all the generals in charge of this war, including General McChrystal, that President Obama expects results in a timely fashion. And I'd be willing to bet that soldiers on the ground would be offended by your assertion that they can't do what they've been ordered to do.

    December 2, 2009 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  6. Nea

    Well this dont surprise me the critcism i mean, Im a Democrat and although i donot support sending more troops to Afghanistan but i do support President Obama so therefore i support his decision because i feel he did what he feel is right for America.

    December 2, 2009 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
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