July 3rd, 2010
12:02 PM ET
12 years ago

Liz Cheney calls for Steele's resignation

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/03/art.steelernc.gi.jpg caption="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. Muffet

    This was just waiting to happen. The same group that slames Obama is the same group asking for Steele's resignation. Add it up people....add it up,

    July 3, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Hawkeye

    Who is Cheny???? Her opinion should only count on matters she knows something about, which are few.

    July 3, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Louisiana Man

    Michael Steele is to be pitied more than scorned. A pawn of the GOP and token black, he is used and abused by the lowest level in the pecking order.

    Liz Cheney has nerve and gall-though she didn't steal it-
    suggesting anything negative about anyone -after the fall from grace that her illustrious father had from his war profiteering off of dead soldiers in flag draped coffins.

    What a hypocritical demeanor-
    but when you are composed of gas, belches and bad breath-the fumes will eventually permeate the surroundings and expose you for what you are..

    July 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. donald

    Keep Michael Steele. His opinions reflect the views and mood of GOP members nationwide. Let's be real here, the GOP has a penchant for attracting top notch talent, the best and brightest. That talent, joined with communion with the tea beggers make for a winning stratgey in November. We the people desreve the right to have stupid, navel gazing scum stinking up our nation. Our nation deserves to have a party of stinkers.

    July 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Bob Zmuda

    There won't be success in Afghanistan until the majority of people living there want it. Keep a strong force in the eastern region to keep Al Qaeda in their little pocket and get everybody else OUT. It's time to end this.

    July 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. JohnBoy

    This is the Liz Cheney who isknown for exactly what competence apart from being the daughter of someone who was in powerful position in the Bush administration?

    Who cares what she says.

    July 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Quintus

    A war of Obama's choosing? Where do they come up with this stuff?

    July 3, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Rick Austell Ga

    And who is she again?... does she hold a offices in any state?... lol

    July 3, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Rbnh

    This could be the only time I agree with a cheney

    July 3, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Rhiannon

    Finally a good suggestion from Liz Cheney; now I have one for her. Why don't you resign as resident political has-been BIG MOUTH? Everyone knows Steele is a token, a fraud and an idiot. Liz, you're just plain mean and a blow-hard spin maker. Don't go away mad, just go away.
    Little Rock, AR

    July 3, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. RobRoy

    We need to get rid of the Cheenies altogether her and her evil father need to go and hide with the millions of dollars the old man stold from America. Is he dead yet? I hope not because I still have hopes he will die in the prison infirmary where he belongs. His queer daughter needs to crawl back under the rock from whence she came.

    July 3, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. frank

    I dont believe it, maybe she is waking up to reality to the republicans.

    July 3, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. NoonSta

    Eating your own kind. Luving it.Stay tune Rethugrecons.,t's going to be a HOT summer! More to come...

    July 3, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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