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. GI Joe

    One loser standing up for another loser. Go figure.

    July 4, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Willy Brown

    Steele was right!

    July 4, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. THE OBAMA TRUTH

    Michael Steele's comment were the simple truth. What he meant when he made the statement of, "the war in Afghanistan is un-winnable", is simply this. Under the current administration and their lack of support of the American Soldier we can not win anything. The alien is sitting there in the chair of the Oval office without a clue of what to do next. Whatever it will b you can count onit will be a decision to lose us some more allies and will be in favor of the Muslims. AMERICA TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY STARTING IN NOV. A FORMER 50-YEAR DEMOCRAT and a 30-year Veteran of the U.S. Army who is tired of our country losing wars.

    July 4, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Seattle Sue

    I don't which Paul is the more radical redneck, Ron or Rand. But having said that, I don't really pay much attention to either.

    July 4, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Andrew

    Correct me if i am wrong, but isn't Afghanistan Bush's war? It is a war that most people agreed with after 9/11, long before anyone knew who Barack Obama was. It is a war that has suffered setbacks because the last adfministration chose to start a second war in Iraq. I actually like Ron Paul, but this is just dumb to try to convince anyone that this is Obama's war, just because he hasn't ended it.

    July 4, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. marxist dogs are out of control

    Obama's absolute failure to seize responsibility for this war shows his timidity and distate for the United States of America. It is all about a radical left domestic push, in alliance with Pelosi, Reid, CNN, Clinton, Biden and others who don't give a frickin whit about the survival of our country. As long as they have thrills running up their legs that is all that counts.

    July 4, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Adalbert

    Unfortunately, Afghanistan is America's war. A war that is accomplishing absolutely nothing.

    July 4, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. diridi

    this guy is a communist ideology...

    July 4, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Rich L

    It really is quite bothersome to see Michael Steele being so thoroughly pummeled by both parties over stating some simple and quite obvious truths.

    Obama did choose to continue the war.

    History has proved outsiders cannot win a war in that area, Even when the people are "conquered" they continue to fight.

    Americans are tired of throwing away millions of lives and billions of dollars for no good reason whatsoever.

    July 4, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Dan

    Opposition to the Afghan war is complex:
    1. It goes against traditional Republican positions.
    2. Success and its very definition in this conflict remain elusive.
    3. Loud opposition within this country may affect the war effort itself.

    Let's hope that at least within the administration a principled debate
    continues.

    July 4, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Donnatella

    We all know the Ron Paul is anti war, something I actually agree with but I have family members fighting in these horrible wars, for Michael Steele to come out and make such a statement it's like hes saying all these young men are wasting their lives for nothing, they were fighting for our country and he should be fired for throwing them under the bus.

    July 4, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. David

    REPUBS, get ready to lose in the fall. We are not fooled by your false displays of care for this country. GOP only care about their pockets.

    July 4, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. annie s

    To Willy Brown, Mr. Steele called this Obama's war of choice....in spite of the fact that we were already at war in Afghanistan nearly 8 years prior to Obama taking office. How does that make him right?

    July 4, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. Andy

    How is Ron Paul's statements crazy at all?

    This is an un-winnable war that is bankrupting our country.

    Our military are trained to fight and win wars, not nation build.

    We are becoming bankrupt because of the incompetence of our government.

    Our men and women are dying for no reason at all. There are only 100 al queda in Afghanistan according to the CIA.

    The only crazy people are the Democrats and Republicans who have got us in this mess.

    July 4, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. taylor

    Wow how can anyone believe this is President Obama's war. This was was started after 9/11 under Bush. What is the Repugs talking about? Do they just forget the last eight years.

    July 4, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Austin

    How do you define failling to seize responsiblity for a war? By appointing America's most celebrated General to head it? Or by providing every resource required by the commanders?

    Then again, you wouldn't understand a thing even if it were embeded in your ignorant inferior racist skull.

    July 4, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" Economics has only left a wet spot on working America's shoes!

    I agree after 9.5 years in Afganistan the war will not end in a "victory".

    But the real question is what would have happened if the alcohol addled former chump-in-chief had kept the focus on getting Osama bin Laden and not getting sidetracked by going after a "bad man that tried to kill my daddy".

    July 4, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Diamond

    When someone refers to an elected US President as an "alien", does such a person derseve to be listened to? naah! It would be better to have a conversation with a guy lieing on the street, drunk and wasted.

    July 4, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Rob

    Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, Michael Steele, Dick Cheney, Sharon Angle, Jan Brewer, etc... all nut jobs... keep talking. Republicans will pay the price this November.

    July 4, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Grace

    You all supported the war when George Bush waged it. You don't get to flip-flop!
    Politicians are not the only ones to be held accountable for their. Americans must all take responsibility!

    July 4, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Augustin

    Yeah, go ahead. Make a mess and blame it on a black guy. You Republican moron. Obama didn't start this madness and he sure as heck wasn't the one who took his eye off the ball my starting another misguided war in Iraq.

    July 4, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. Jeff - Sarasota, Florida

    The biggest problem with this "war" is the same problem as the last ones, the government is running it instead of the soldiers... As long as the Government is running it we are doomed to go through another Vietnam type war... It amazes me how they even call it a war when we are so restricted on what we can and can't do... We are still messing in Iraq, and they don't want us to pull out of their so how long do you think we will be here... We need to just kick butt and take names and end this stuff... We are/were the most powerful military nation in the world, but what good is it if you coddle the enemy and worry about overkill... IT IS A WAR... Bomb the hell out of em and get it done, or get the hell out and leave it alone... I have never understood how they call it a war yet refuse to actually do everything within their power to win regardless of the circumstances... that is the problem, it isn't OUR war so we can't just kill em all and get it over with... Is the biggest problem with having to old image of "PeaceKeeper of the World", of course the politicians that want to make sure they look good are not the ones putting their lives on the lines 24/7, so at the end of the day they go home... If the politicians that are in charge actually need to be there until it was resolved and I think we would see a different policy for fighting these so called wars...

    July 4, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. JWN

    Ron and Rand=Repulsive and Repugnant.........On yea, and stupid!

    July 4, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. La Piovra

    When Steele and Paul call this nine-year-old war one of Obama's choosing, I want to ask them to join me in celebrating our hundred years of independence from Russia...or was it France?

    July 4, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. S Callahan

    I agree with Ron Paul..unless you can go back to Cain and Able this war is rooted deep from sins of all our forefathers...God is the only one who can resolve it. In the meantime, help the poor, clothe those who need it, feed the hungry, visit those in prison, watch over and care for the widows. I realize the HRC is trying to step back into history..but be patient....won't be long before the HIgh Priest comes! smiles

    Happy Fourth of July!

    July 4, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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