He unwittingly described the Bush Administration when he said that war in Afghanistan was not "something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in." We had bin Laden cornered at Tora Bora, but the Bush Administration inexplicably decided to back off, then shifted its attention to Iraq. The war in Afghanistan became neglected as we poured resources into Iraq. While we looked for nonexistent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the Taliban recovered in Afghanistan and is once again a threat.
Steele should know that there was a change in leadership in the White House, and the new president wants the focus of the war back to Afghanistan. Steele got his position because many in the GOP are convinced that Obama is a token leader who won because he is black, and they want a token black leader of their own. Unfortunately for the GOP, Steele is exactly the token black leader they think Obama is.
Michael Steele: "Stay the course". By the way, those are huge rock ahead. Keep going!
Smart as a box of rocks......
if the GOP just had to pick an African-American to show how diverse they are (NOT!) you would think they would at least have picked someone that was sort of bright and not Mike Steele. Then again when you think about it when a party has such folks as Palin, Bachmann, Boehner, DeWitt and worship the likes of Glenn Beck then Steele migh not have been a bad pick after all.
Steele is right. Afghanistan is Obama's war of choice. Nine years ago Obama called Bush and told him that he (Obama) wanted to start a war in Afghanistan. Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld rejected the idea. Obama then used his powers as an Illinois State Representative to overide the sitting President, Vice President, Secretary Of Defense and Congress to delcare war.
I am surprised that this fact is not more widely know. It's true. You may confirm this by asking this country's most knowledgeable people Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman and Sue "Pay your doctor with chickens ' Lowden.
So the economic woes we have expereienced due to repuglican deregulation of Big Oil, Big Business and Wall Street are also Obama created and to deal with? When will you nut whole republicans stop it? Maybe in November when we all laugh at how you have turned off Americans with your lies?
Get the heck out of Afganistan and let the hills tribesmen vs the city dwellers continue their 300 year old Civil War. There will continue regardless of what we do.
OMG a republican not lock step with other republicans. Look at the repubs eating thier own. Conservative polititians have a long way to go to win over the majorities.
On 9-11-2001, the Taliban government of Afghanistan helped Al Qaead attack us. In response, we invaded Afghanistan, overthrew the Taliban and installed a corrupt, ineffective but pro-US regime.
Then Bush abandoned our troops in Afghanistan from2002 to 2008 with no mission, no strategy and no leadership so that Bush and company could loot Iraq while the Taliban rebuilt. Republicans said NOTHING.
Obama inherited Bush's mess, but unfortunately Obama is too stubborn to realize that at this point we just can't win in Afghanistan. Any chance we had (and we all know winning in Afghanistan was never a slam dump) was lost...so that Bush & company could loot Iraq for the benefit of Bush-friendly corporation.
And all the American people got out of it was about 1 trillion dollars of debt (while Bush's corporate friends made hundreds of billions).
Steele made a lot of mistakes! To think that the GOP has him because they like his skills and intellect – wrong! To think they respect him as a “full” member – wrong! To think they wanted someone that makes them look “open” to minorities – right! To have one (besides the good ole boys) to put the blame on – right!
It is sad that Steele either was always so mean and stupid towards the new president with his unwarranted criticism on everything the President touched OR, sold his soul in the hope to have a chance and future in the GOP. Well, they will drop him as soon as it is convenient for them. The “work” he did in the GOP will for always (or at least for a very long time) disqualify him as a serious thinker, leader, or at the very least, someone the people associate with positive and constructive work.
When I was younger I thought my generation was different.
I am a Democrat, and I beg you please don't make Mr Steele step down; we'd be lost without him.
She...said, He...said. Come-on! Be practical. Leave old jokes until you get the kitchen.