July 3rd, 2010
12:02 PM ET
4 years ago

Liz Cheney calls for Steele's resignation

RNC Chairman Michael Steele is facing another call to resign.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele is facing another call to resign.

Washington (CNN) - Another prominent conservative is asking Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele to resign, calling his comments on the war in Afghanistan "deeply disappointing and wrong."

Liz Cheney, a former State Department official and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said in a statement released Saturday that Steele must go.

"RNC Chairman Michael Steele's comments about the war in Afghanistan were deeply disappointing and wrong," Cheney said. "The chairman of the Republican party must be unwavering in his support for American victory in the war on terror – a victory that cannot be accomplished if we do not prevail in Afghanistan. I endorse fully Bill Kristol's letter to Chairman Steele. It is time for Chairman Steele to step down."

Cheney, a founding member of Keep America Safe, a conservative advocacy group focused on national security and foreign policy issues, is not the first to call for Steele's resignation. On Friday, influential conservative and editor of the Weekly Standard William Kristol called on Steele to step down.

Kristol was joined by former South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawson, who finished second to Michael Steele in the Republican National Committee chairman's race last year, and also called on the committee to oust their embattled chairman.

The controversy was sparked by Steele's comments made at a Republican fundraiser in Connecticut Thursday. A YouTube video shows the RNC chairman declaring of the war in Afghanistan, "This was a war of Obama's choosing."

"This is not something the United States actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in," he added.

That statement is at odds with the fact the United States led a NATO coalition with overwhelming public support to invade Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

Steele also appeared to suggest any conflict in Afghanistan may be unwinnable.

On Friday, the RNC defended Steele.

"The Chairman clearly supports our troops but believes that success of the war effort in Afghanistan requires the ongoing support of the American people," RNC Communications Director Doug Heye said.

And late Friday afternoon, Steele issued his own statement on the matter, saying that "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," Steele said.

"As we have learned throughout history, winning a war in Afghanistan is a difficult task. We must also remember that after the tragedy of September 11, 2001, it is also a necessary one. That is why I supported the decision to increase our troop force and, like the entire United States Senate, I support General Petraeus' confirmation. The stakes are too high for us to accept anything but success in Afghanistan."

-CNN's Alexander Mooney, Peter Hamby and Sarah Baker contributed to this report


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soundoff (238 Responses)
  1. Ruth

    Please tell Liz Cheney to shut up. Who cares what she thinks? She must think she is soneone important. GO AWAY, LIZZY.

    July 3, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Sandy

    Yet another HAPPY democratic day!

    July 3, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. p

    Liz-
    It's always a hoot when you pop up with some hooey!
    You are useless.
    Now go back and change daddy's diaper.

    July 3, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Clint, Wa.

    Who the hell is Liz Cheney, other then another mistake by Dick Cheney.

    July 3, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Nice title, little rich kid. Daddy buy it with all his OIL and HALIBURTON money?

    July 3, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Mesa Mick

    Put a sock in it Lizzy-baby..

    Beiging the biggest supporter and defender of the worst war criminal and chief destroyer of our environment this country has ever seen disqualifies you from any socially relevant commentary...

    July 3, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. p

    - and BTW, if the USA can't win this "war" in 9 years...
    9 freakin years?
    I doubt if it can be won.
    The meaning of "to win" keeps changing, too.
    So much death and destruction, first by Russia, now by us.
    I wasn't the Taliban (or the country of Afghanistan) who attacked us, anyway, it was a bunch of Saudis, now hiding in Pakistan.
    Wasn't this really always about the poppies?
    Where are the numbers on American and Russian (and others)
    drug-addicted soldiers?

    July 3, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Jim El Paso Tx

    And somebody is supposed to give a rats behind what a Cheney says??????????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO :)

    July 3, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Slick William

    Wake up Republicans, get some candidates that are worthy before it is too late. Dump Steele and get someone else, Conservatism is for everyone. Get to work so the Independents can believe that your party will do any better than what Bush, Obama and the Dumpocrap Congress have already done!

    July 3, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. DOG1

    I see that many republicans are critical of Steele for not being supportive of our troops and their mission but they never seem to address the fact that he said it was Obama's war. They would like to leave that bit of misinformation out there so it can eventually become one if their selective changes to history and truth. Bush started it but only half heartedly because it was just his stepping stone to Iraq. None of these repubs mention that Bush and Cheney left our troops in Afghanistan under-manned and under-supplied putting them in extreme danger for SIX YEARS.
    Now Obama is trying to correct that and he, suddenly, is responsible for the Afghanistan mess? Oh no repubs it's not that easy to refuse the responsiblity YOU have for all of this.

    July 3, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Ed Fl

    Takes a crook to know a crook. She has been so busy trying to find someone to help find or say something Positive about her father that she is just finding out what a huge mistake to try and post a black against a black without consequences.

    July 3, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Charles W. Skinner

    Leave it to the main stream media to ignore nuance. Steele is correct that focusing Afghanistan is a strategy choice made by the President for AMERICAN troops. It was also a POLITICAL choice, to appease the rabid liberal base. The prior plan was to support the AFGHAN army to fight their OWN war against taliban forces, and thus not have backlash from the mountainous regions, and to deprive local warlords of the "invaders" cry in order to generate support against US troops.

    Now that Obama has put his footprint onto Afghanistan, there is no choice BUT to win, and that will require FULL support, not the half-measures coming out of the White House.

    July 3, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Rick in AZ

    While I do not like Steele in any capacity the question I have is :Who the hell is Liz Cheney? Other then being the spoiled rich child of a Traitor and Warmonger what are her credentials? She has never been elected to anything and spends the majority of her time trying to alibi her father. Pathetic!

    July 3, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. malabar

    stating that a war in which wd are currently engaged in is unwinnable is a democrat talkng point. democrats have no concern about how those words affect our troops morale. apparently mr. steele is a democrat plant, except it wasn't thousands upon thousands of republicans voting for him that got him his position. and since i have no proof and am beyond the maturity level of the ignorant hateful left, i retract my plant statement. he's just an idiot.

    July 3, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Jacob

    Keep America Safe, Liz...from your father and yourself!

    July 3, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Rosslaw

    I think Steele is doing an outstanding job demonstrating the Republican right's very tenous grasp on reality in blaming President Obama for one of the deadlier catastrophic clusterc....s of the last administration of draft dodgers and deserters. The Bushies only accomplishment in Afghanistan was that for every year that country was the world's number one producer and exporter of opium and heroin-Mission Accomplished!

    July 3, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Jack Lenio

    We have a troubled democracy when leaders cannot fully debate the serious issues of the day. Terrorism is not being defeated. It hides for another day.
    Terrorism is not and has not been the rational for these wars but the excuse. Afghanistan and Iraq is about creating a new US controlled mineral and oil supply period.

    July 3, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Steve851

    Calling for Steele's resignation is stupidly divisive. It is also counter-productive for GOP leaders to continue to cry for more unaffordable spending on war. There are reasons the Tea Party exists, and a main one is that we have an out of control GOP leadership that wants to spend money on a war we can't win and can't afford. That is one reason I no longer vote after having voted GOP from 1968 to 2000. Many of us just cannot take the GOP seriously anymore.

    July 3, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Shelly

    Liz Cheney has made many atrocious comments herself. Her telling Steele to step down is like Senator Edwards giving marital advice to Jesse James.

    July 3, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Roscoe

    Liz, you're asking for the wrong resignation. You should have spoken up when your dad was VP.

    July 3, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Purnell

    Who is Liz Cheney, again?

    July 3, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Canuck

    There is endless funding for useless wars and yet the Gulf Coast is dying and people are losing their unemployment benefits. America you can do better than this.

    July 3, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Get him out

    Steele is an idiot. This coming from a lifelong republican. I will not say I am a die hard, I have voted for Democratic candidates. But Steele is leading the Republican party on a down hill slope. I said it when he got the job, and I will say it again. He got the job for one reason, he is black. The republicans wanted to counter react Obama. They saw history made when the soc alled first black man got elected POTUS. ( I still say Obama doe snot deserve that title, he should be called the first multi raccial president ) But anyway, the republicans needed a black man in a high profile position, so they got Steele. He was not, nor is he a good leader for the RNC. He is a politcal figure head, the RNCs objective was to gain black voters.
    Steele does need to go.

    July 3, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Nick

    Makes perfect sense in the KKK party of America, and Steele is black.

    July 3, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. mary macvicar

    I can't imagine baby cheney complaining about steele! they are cut out of the same clothe – cowardly yellow and whining red.

    July 3, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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