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. Bill

    Generals gathered in their masses
    Just like witches at black masses
    Evil minds that plot destruction
    Sorcerers of death's construction
    In the fields the bodies burning
    As the war machine keeps turning
    Death and hatred to mankind
    Poisoning their brainwashed minds
    Oh lord yeah!

    July 3, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Alex

    Why is a democrat leading the RNC?

    July 3, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. David H

    And exactly why should Liz Cheeney's opinion warrant reporting. I mean who's she? Just because she's the big, old Cheeney's daughter doesn't mean anything. She's never done anything to qualify her for such attention.

    July 3, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Z

    Let him be. We need the Republican Party to remain headless and mindless!

    July 3, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. jts35

    WHy do we still give credence to what she says. She is the dogmatic product of nepatism and undeserved respect and public notoriety. Her opinions do not amount to a hill of beans in Boston.

    July 3, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Rob

    I call for all Cheney's to shut their pie holes forever more.

    July 3, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. anonymous

    liz cheney should call her father out for being a hypocrite, biggot, liar, and hater. she's an open lesbian. her father should openly support her sexuality. instead, he denounces it and cannot face an open forum to accept those in the lgbt community.

    July 3, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. annie s

    Oh, man, I can'tr believe this. I agree with Liz Cheney!

    July 3, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. g

    a chip of the old lieing block

    July 3, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Stuart E Ribblett

    This guy is such an ass.I'm starting to think that He is a plant put there by the Dems,either that or he is just a moron! Please stay till November!

    July 3, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. mabel floyd

    who cares what this women thinks? she looks and sounds like her big mouth blowhard mother. remember her from the CROSS FIRE days? the only family with any gray matter is the gay daughter. she is smart and she is lovely. she is also not evil as is her father.
    cheney's heart trouble is something i wish him no bad happenings , but he is someone the country will be better off without. we can breathe a sigh of relief when we hear from the whole tribe no more.

    July 3, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Firey Buddha

    Wow. I agree w/Liz- to a point. The Pubs are tearing themselves apart.

    July 3, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Joseph

    I do not care what Republicans do to their chairman, the party's ideology and philosophy are obsolete. Now they are opposing Steele for party compliance. The other day, it was Senator Barton who was apologizing to BP. The truth is that they are all guilty of lying against Obama's presidency without even able to suggest nor support any lofty view. Give me a break!

    July 3, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. jossai

    Liz has zero credibility in matters like this. Why do continue to listen
    to that daddy's girl.

    July 3, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Trevor

    Finally... a statement made about Obama that was so utterly ridiculous that his own party even thinks he's nuts. I guess he forgot about 911.

    July 3, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Finaly a Cheney that talks sence.... at least regarding this issue.

    July 3, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. James Taylor

    SInce when is Liz Cheney a prominent Rep?? How about telling your daddy those same words when he was destroying our nation and the world with his false invasion of Iraq? How about when your daddy and Bush were doing their mass killing and committing crime wars against the Iraqi people?

    July 3, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Pieter Otten

    Steele was a EEO pick and he proves this doesn;t work.

    July 3, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Fly Boy

    Who Cares what Darth Vader's EVIL daughter thinks...

    Plus, her endorsing Kristal is laughable because they are both founding members of the Right wing Racists Group known as Keep America Safe, which they should rename to "Keep America and the World Safe from The Cheney Family"...

    July 3, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. Brad

    How about Ms Cheney resigning from the human race and taking her Father and the rest of the brood with her!

    July 3, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Thinker

    Instead of asking him to resign, can't they just fire him for being an idiot.

    July 3, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Chris Neville

    Mr. Steele is correct. I have had two nephews in Afghanistan; one a captain in the Army and the other with the Marines and both have said that this is a waste of American youth and resources. We need to pull out and support our other allies in the area.

    July 3, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. sensible Cape Coral FL

    The only way we can be sure to "Keep America Safe" is if she quits. She and her father have done more than their share of damage to our country.

    July 3, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. BH III

    "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."

    there was no "overwhelming public support to invade any country, much less Afghanistan"... the govt. did this on their own.

    July 3, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. dave thomas

    her like sarah stupid palin have no proven knowledge on anything, what the hell, why do think think anyone with a 1st grade education would listen to them, a dike and and idiot, and senile chaney, I suppose there are fools out there in the world that listen, tea beggers maybe,

    July 3, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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