July 3rd, 2010
08:36 AM ET
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. JonDie

    Steele's the best thing that could happen to...Democrats. Leave him alone!

    July 3, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. Papa Duncan

    Before his election, Obama criticized the war in Afghanistan right along with the war in Iraq and promised first order of business would be to have the Pentagon make plans for immediate withdrawal. Now Obama says we have to stay in Afghanistan and maybe in Iraq for "as long as it takes"(sound familiar?). Yes, this is a war of Obama's choosing, because even the US congress wants to stop funding now. It is only Obama's desire for political attention in the MiddleEast that keeps our soldiers in harm's way. It is Pakistan that needs our assistance in defending their country; Afghanistanis don't care one way or the other, as their poppy industry will sustain them no matter what army is occupying their country. OBAMA, BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!!!

    July 3, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. Pragmatic

    Steele's comments show that he has either forgotten or chooses to ignore the truth:

    The U.S. and allies invaded Afghanistan under President George W. Bush in October of 2001.

    As the Obama presidency as well as the war in Afghanistan continue, it becomes Obama's war ... but he wasn't even a Senator when Bush marched in ... !

    July 3, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. Joe

    The only thing worse than a cynical hypocritical opportunistic political hack is a stupid one.

    July 3, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. Unbelieveable

    The republican leadership still does not get it. The have spun things into such a web that their own leader no longer knows which part of the spin doctrine belongs with which theme and state of conscious thought.

    July 3, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. NYT:"during this election cycle big oil has paid 12.8 million in contributions, 71% to Republicans"!


    No cries of a "gotcha journalist" taking his statements "out of context" to be used by the "lamestream" media to further the "socialist agenda" that is being "forced down our throats" by a President that is really from Kenya?

    July 3, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  7. 8 years of the Bush Error = How many years of recession and unemployment?

    Careful, what you say Mr. Steele or you will be back at your former day job on the lawn of some rich white Southern neo-con, holding the reins to his daughter's pony.

    July 3, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. Gary

    Steele is a punk, and not very bright at that. He SHOULD be ashamed.

    July 3, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. NVa Native

    So much nonsense from the repub politicians and their propogandists.
    Why do they assume the people who actually think (non-baggers) will swallow their BS?
    Even on these posts the bizare comments are hilarious – they act like Bush/Cheney was a good thing ... or at the very least didn't happen?!
    Everything is reverse in the world of tea-baggers and neo-cons.

    July 3, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Steele is Chairman in name only. Hi party neve fully excepted him and rush to put a black face on the GOP after Obama got elected. of course they say his assention was not based on race but I cant see how it isn't.

    July 3, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. once upon a horse

    Mike Steele seems as though tries to go out of his way to say negative things about Presidnet Obama I guess to show that he doesn't have to support him just because he's also an African-American. Some on the right have claimed that the Obama election was a "racial pick" yet they go and pick Steele who if Obama was not elected would have NEVER been chosen for that postion. They are getting just what they deserve in Mike Steele. He lost my vote when he slammed Limbaugh then went back begging for forgiveness.

    July 3, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. thor

    While Stelle was wrong to say what he did lets not forget that it is Obama that has forged a failed policy for Afghanistan and has sent nearly 60,000 more troops there.Also why wait to next year to pull them out, start now.You can go after Stelle and blame Bush all you want but the person in the White House is Obama and he's not doing what needs to be done to get the job done !!!!

    July 3, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. phoenix86

    It is not his choosing, but the strategy and tactics are now all Obama. Artificial timelines, funding reductions, etc. are laying the groundwork for Obama's surrender to the Taliban and Al Queda.

    Meanwhile, unemployment rises, oil spills freely, illegals enter unopposed, border violence claims more American lives and Obama goes on a make-believe economic recovery tour.

    July 3, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Willy Brown

    Steele is right!

    July 3, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. Kevin Collins

    If Bush hadn't diverted so many troops to the lies-based Iraq war to a country that posed not a single threat to us, I don't think Afghanistan would be near the problem it is today. And Steele sure didn't mouth off about the Afghanistan war when it was going badly when Bush was in office. And, sorry, Steele, Bush is the one who instigated this war of his choosing; like the terrible economy, Obama inherited this war in its terrible state. And, yes, if a GOPer were in Obama's place, Republicans would be saying that he or she inherited this mess, too.

    July 3, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Ed Fl

    BYE BYE Michael The GOP is starting to show why they hired you . Black against Black. You could get away with lots of comments that a white GOP leader could not get away with . Now your big mouth has finally hurt the GOP. You should start job hunting or get your reservations for the California Sex house that you Gop'ERS like so much.

    July 3, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Ross

    As usual – he is defining "ineptness"

    July 3, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Olaf Big

    My fellow Americans, please donate to the brain transplant fund for Mr. Steele!

    July 3, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Donkey Party

    Hey Mike, go join the "lazy, dope-smoking, Oprah-watching, spoiled, stray animals" in the unemployment line. Ain't karma a bitch?

    July 3, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Poor Mr. Steele is so far over his head! He was unqualified, just like Bush was!

    July 3, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Randy, San Francisco

    In this bad economy, Michael Steele is the only good thing the Democrats have going into the November elections.

    July 3, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Pkm

    Mike can not comment until he calls russ limbum for advise

    July 3, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. jbakaregit

    I say keep Steele right where he is. He and his party are increasingly snatching large defeat out of the jaws of small defeat in November. Joe "I apologize to BP (a foreign conglomerate who trashed our domestic shores" Barton knows what I'm talking about.

    Maybe soon Steele wil blame Obama for WW2, the bubonic outbreak of medieval Europe, the fall of the Roman Empire (oops, Rand is already going in this direction), and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. (actually, the head of the GOP Colonel Rush Limbaugh pointed in this direction when he said the volcano in Icelan blew b/c Obama passed healthare reform).

    You may say, "Obama wasn't born yet during those events, let alone president."

    So? Facts sure haven't slowed Steele and his party down in the last 18 months, so why would they start now?

    July 3, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Joe

    Who ever wrote that speech for him has set him up to fail.

    July 3, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Donnatella

    How dare he make this kind of statement while are troops are risking their lives for us, I guess he was using the under any circumstances bash Obama strip , this time it backfired. Michael Steele is a total idiot, I guess the last 8 years just magically disappeared, just like your average teabagger Michael Steele chooses to blame everything on Obama, well we are getting sick of it, I will vote all democrat come November because republicans cannot be trusted because all they do is lie.

    July 3, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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