July 4th, 2010
09:55 AM ET
4 years ago

Ron Paul endorses Michael Steele's Afghanistan comments

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is praising Michael Steele for suggesting last week the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable, a statement that prompted some influential GOP voices to call on him to step down as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

“Michael Steele should not resign," Paul said in a statement sent to CNN. "Smart policies make smart politics. He is guiding the party in the right direction and we are on the verge of victory this fall. Chairman Steele should not back off. He is giving the country, especially young people, hope as he speaks truth about this war."

Except, Steele has stepped back from his original comments in which he also charged that Afghanistan "was a war of Obama's choosing."

On Friday, the RNC chairman released a statement where he emphasized his support for the war in Afghanistan.

"The stakes are too high for us to accept anything but success in Afghanistan," Steele said.

But Paul, who ran in 2008 for the Republican presidential nomination, wants the U.S. to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.

“I would like to congratulate Michael Steele for his leadership on one of the most important issues of today," Paul said. "He is absolutely right: Afghanistan is now Obama’s war. During the 2008 campaign, Obama was out in front in insisting that more troops be sent to Afghanistan. Obama called for expanding the war even as he pretended to be a peace candidate."

(Read Paul's full statement after jump)

Ron Paul Congratulates Michael Steele

Congressman Ron Paul today issued the following statement on Michael Steele’s recent comments that Afghanistan is a war of President Obama’s choosing:

“I would like to congratulate Michael Steele for his leadership on one of the most important issues of today. He is absolutely right: Afghanistan is now Obama’s war. During the 2008 campaign, Obama was out in front in insisting that more troops be sent to Afghanistan. Obama called for expanding the war even as he pretended to be a peace candidate.

“Michael Steele should not resign. Smart policies make smart politics. He is guiding the party in the right direction and we are on the verge of victory this fall. Chairman Steele should not back off. He is giving the country, especially young people, hope as he speaks truth about this war.

“I have to ask myself, what is the agenda of the harsh critics demanding this resignation? Why do they support Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama’s war?

“The American people are sick and tired spending hundreds of billions of dollars a year, draining our economy and straining our military. Michael Steele has it right and Republicans should stick by him.”


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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. welches, oregon

    yea except that isn't what Steele said -

    Quote:
    "was a war of Obama's choosing."

    it was a war of GOP choosing and YOU KNOW IT. Obama's trying to find a way out after the GOP delighted in killing so many of our sons and daughters fighting that impossible 'war'. Every soldier that died meant more oil/money in some GOPer's pocket.

    Afganistan was a decoy so the shurb and darth vader could invade iraq and steal its oil and if anybody doesn't admit that to themselves, they are lying to themselves.

    NEVER AGAIN will the American People be fooled by the greedy, evil, lying GOP.

    NEVER

    July 4, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. RAG

    This unfolding Republican train wreck give "Tea Party" a whole new meaning...

    July 4, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. emma

    And to think Rand Paul wants to make laws for our country!

    July 4, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. jim atmadison

    These GOPers aren't very smart, but they sure are entertaining.

    July 4, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. welches, oregon

    see -- if you had doubts Rand was a wing-nut – here's your proof.

    The GOP can spin this anyway they like – the American People know what Steele said and why he said it and why the Paul's are defending him. Heck, even McShame is calling for Steele to resign, next it'll be gidget.

    July 4, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Obama's strategy......

    is absolutely childlike......add 30,000 troops and then announce your withdrawal date.....

    Meanwhile, dead Americans are piling up in Afghanistan....126 last month alone.....Obama must take responsibility for the dead and maimed but he doesn't......he's blinded by his lust for war and make no mistake, this is Obama's war....he escalated it...

    July 4, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Paul is mistaken. The statements made, were outrageously inaccurate, and Steele must step down.

    The war in Afghanistan is America's war. It was not avoidable, as it was the headquarters of Al-Queda, who attacked our country. It is not any President's war.......it is a war to eliminate a safe haven for our enemy, who attacked America. The fact is, the Taliban are actually worse than Al-Queda, and so, we must face the reality, that the only way to "win" that war, is to stop being nice, and eliminate the Taliban from the country.....total annihilation is all that will work! We cannot afford to be Mr. Nice Guy, there, any longer.

    July 4, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. g

    the money being spent on this war go,s in the front door out the back door to off shore banking whos making all the profit its not the people of afganistan or the soldiers fighting there should be a list who making the money before the money is handed out just wondering

    July 4, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. w l jones

    Where Ms. Palin when we need her, She need to tell them to put a sock it so she can go back to what she does best ..keep these guys at bay.....

    July 4, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Tony Oakland, Ca.

    Big deal.....they both endorse ideologies from a play book called, "Politics for Dummies".

    July 4, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. Hannah

    Republicans love war. They have started most of the wars and they want more of the them; McCain said in the last election "bomb, bomb Iran". We would have had no wars if Gore had been able to take hi rightful place in the WH, if the supremes hadn't overridden the election and selected bush. The Afghan war was planned well ahead of 9-11, Condy Rice told the Taliban that a shower of bombs would come down on their country if they didn't co-operate with the Caspian Sea pipeline. And that's what these wars are all about. Americans are constantly lied to and they are ignorant enough to not to question.

    July 4, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Gop

    Mr. Steel Might not have said it the right way but it sure did make a lot of people on both sides upset.

    However, I know you liberals will spin this any way you can because in your feeble little minds, Obama does no wrong and you can always just blame George Bush for anything Obama does screw up.

    As for the war, I have to say as of TODAY it is Obama’s war. He picked general to run it. He sent in the extra troops to fight it, and he is the one that gave them the rules of engagement to execute it.

    So if our troops do not win, all Americans get to place this blame on Obama and no one else!

    I trust you liberals will never place blame on Obama but people with working brains will understand the facts, and will send Obama packing for a new job in 2012.

    I’m sure even someone with few real world skills like Obama will land a great job receiving millions of dollars for each speech he makes on how the next president is screwing up all the great things he did while president.

    Because if there is one thing Obama gets a gold star for that is how he loves to blame others for his own mistakes!

    July 4, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. thor

    I will point out that Obama has increased the forces in Afghanistan and has pushed this unwinnable policy there.You can blame Bush all you want but Obama is the person that can remove our troops and stop this war and he's not doing it.Why wait till July 2011 when things aren't going to be any better than now?

    July 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    "The stakes are too high for us to accept anything but success in Afghanistan," Steele said.

    Define "success."

    And what the consequences of not achieving it? And what are the costs of achieving it?

    Statements like "The stakes are too high for us to accept anything but success in Afghanistan," are absurd. What if "success" costs ten thousand American lives and ten trillion bucks? Would it still be worth it, whatever "it" might be?

    July 4, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Ron

    What are we fighting for Sand and Rock....you can keep it.just hand over the terrorist we out....

    July 4, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Gop

    @Hannah. Republicans don’t love war! They love their country and refuse to allow others to kill Americans and get away with it.

    Liberals Democrats like yourself refuse to understand some times it is better to be proactive then reactive! How many Americans must die in order for you liberal Democrats to come to our countries defense?

    When I see the actions of you liberal Democrats, I think not only do, we must defend this great Nation from our enemies but from enemies like yourself. You Liberals Democrats seem to wish our Nation more harm then any enemy we are fighting against past or present!

    Since you hate our country so much please leave so, the ones who do love it can rebuild her and make it the great Nation our founding Fathers wished it to be!

    July 4, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. MR AMERICA

    For those that miss the point, Rand is stupid not because he wants the war to end...he is stupid because he is backing Steel who ALSO said that this was "Obama's war."

    His stupidity continues as he supports comments that were withdrawn.

    STUPID!

    July 4, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Minnesotan

    Mr. Paul: Afghanistan is an unwinnable country / war / terrain and pursuing it is folly. But then, folly is what the GOP is second best known for, after failure.

    July 4, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. MR AMERICA

    The only feeble mind is you GOP.

    Obama is managing a war that he inherited. Period.

    He didn't start it. Steel's comments were worded BADLY and you know it. If he meant to phrase it the way you did, then he shoudl have done so. Maybe you should take his job...I'm sure you couldn't do any worse, simpleton.

    July 4, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. MR AMERICA

    How exactly is Obama not taking responsibility? He is managing the war, not ignoring it like Bush did.

    You GOP supporters are complete asses.

    July 4, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Independent

    I think the cheese is sliding out of Paul's sandwich....

    July 4, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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