July 3rd, 2010
12:02 PM ET
11 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. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    if the GOP is going to call for the resignation of EVERY Republican that has said something stupid or not factual about President Obama they need not only to go after Steele but start from Boehner and work their way on down, and Liz Cheney herself isn't one to talk either. But perhaps they are going after Mike Steele because he's........
    nah this is 2010 they views no longer hold valid are they?

    July 3, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. HD 100% ETH

    Someone said, why (s)HE don't go to Afghanistan, instead of keep p(b)ushing.

    July 3, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. js

    Maybe Ms Cheney could ask her father to pay for the damned war. We should have been out of there four years ago but right-wingers (Haliburtin) can never get too much blood money from fighting wars.

    July 3, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. woodburn

    I don't know what to say... I don't think for myself. I have to wait till Rush Limbaugh comes on the air, and explains how I should think.. He is my leader..

    July 3, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Just Me

    I have no comment other than I enjoy watching Republicans eat each other alive. It's facinating really. Can someone please pass me some more popcorn. This is good.

    July 3, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. hobart

    I call for Liz Cheney's resignation.

    July 3, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Tony

    We never should have been in Iraq in the first place. Afghanistan and Pakistan is where the so called war should be, if not Iran.

    July 3, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Abraham Lincoln

    Guess no one wants Black politicians in office...at any level.

    July 3, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. dejah_thoris

    Wrong. Obama inherited the war in Afghanistan from his AWOL predecessor. This is a GOP failure of vision foisted on the US people by a previous president. Sorry Steele, you need to learn to read.

    As for Liz Cheney... well, she's her father's daughter. But at least she supports the president. More than I can say for most GOPpers.

    July 3, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. Brian

    Who cares what Liz Cheney thinks? She adores her father and he is one of the most evil, vicious people the world has ever seen.

    July 3, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Bob of Lompoc

    I call for the resignation of all three Cheney's, Mom, Pop and the Little Cheney, from public life. Pop should be in a prison, Mom should just be anywhere that nobody can hear her and Little Cheney should be attached to a machine that perpetually washes out her snotty little RightWingNut mouth.

    In the meantime, Republicans, please allow Congressman John Boehner, Senator Mitchell McConnell, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Talking Heads Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, William O'Reilly, Mark Levine, Crazy Michael Savage, the unusual personality Glenn Beck and Laura Ingraham to remain in their current positions. Nck, nck, nck.

    July 3, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    Again, as usual, I find myself in disagreement with Lizzard Cheney. The RNC needs to keep Mr. Steele in place as there Chairman and I suspect that every other Democrat feels as I do. Mr. Steele is doing a fine job for us and is performing his job as I expected him to do. As Republicans always consider every move made by Democrats to be a bad move, I think getting them to elect Mr. Steele as their Chairman was one of the best decisions ever made by Democrats. Having said that, I am of the opinion that every Democrat in the country would be comfortable keeping Mr. Steele in his current position through the 2012 elections. We need to keep him there until 2012 to give us time to complete our preparation of Mr. Alvin Greene to replace him at that time. Mr Greene is a promising up and coming replacement for Mr Greene and should be prepared to step right into Mr. Steele's shoes in 2012 but we need to keep Mr. Steele in place so as to give us the time to complete our preparation of his replacement. Liz Cheney needs to sit down and shut up and let the grown-ups do their work.

    July 3, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Dale

    "This was a war of Obama's choosing."

    "This is not something the United States actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in,"

    WHAT???!!! Well, Republican opinions never have been swayed by the facts... like the fact that the war started about 7 years before Obama was president. Steele should not resign. His delusional attitude represents the GOP well.

    July 3, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Jeff

    Does anyone really care about this insignificant roach ?

    July 3, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. kate

    Liz Cheney?????Nepotism gone mad...I seem to recall her Daddy was the main architect of the total mess our country is in now...Of course..He got out and made a LOT of money into the bargain..!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 3, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Abd al-Latif

    So, our strategy is now to declare war upon and invade any country that might provide a hiding-place for al Qaeda. Today Afghanistan, tomorrow Pakistan, and then Yemen, and then, and then.... No end in sight. But that's fine by the Zionists, and neocons, they don't fight the wars anyway, and neither do their children. Their children go straight from college to professional school and never come anywhere near combat. From there, they go on to advocate illogical policies such as "fight them over there so we don't have to fight them here." Well, if we fight them "over there" the EVIDENCE shows that we are MORE likely to end up with them over here! But since when do the neocons care at all about evidence or logic?

    July 3, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. toscan

    For the love of god, please get the Cheney's out of our lives. and the bushes and Kennedy's as well.

    July 3, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. DENNA

    Don't worry Liz, he'll be gone soon anyway. The GNoP used this fool as an answer to America's electing a black man to office, much as Sarah Palin was McCain's answer to Hillary's candidacy. Steele is a fool and a tool and he actually thinks the racist Rethug party cares a darn about him. He should save face and step down.

    July 3, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. MamaK

    This is what the RNC gets for rushing to put a person of color into this position, regardless of what he or she may bring to the table.

    Steele was, and still is, clearly not qualified.

    July 3, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Jimii

    This guy is a goof ball, clearly trying the Republican strategy of rewritting history. Dude – remember 9/11 and our agreed upon strategy to invade Afghanistan because groups within that country attacked us? We all agree there...and actually it has been said we could have been victorious along with tremendous international support too if we hadn't left before the job was done. But W. (remember him?) tried to convince the world and Americans that Iraq was invovled or responsible for 9/11 (yea, and those WMDs) so we jumped into attacking Sadam. So now we have spent ourseleves into tremendous debt, have troops in 2 countries & Steele is saying the country that W invaded and we agreed was the worthwhile fight is by Obama's doing and a waste? Wake up America – what is this guy smoking? Obama has been bailing out sinking ships, picking up after the mess of 8 yrs of Bush – Cheney (Rumsfeld, etc) ever since the guy took office.

    July 3, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Paul Ablon

    Liz Cheney is her father's clone. Both believe in "America right or wrong" with no questioning our direction. What makes her scarier than her father is that she is a lot younger and likely to be a carping annoyance to rational thinking, long after her father is finally gone from the scene.

    July 3, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. GaryOwen27

    Yes, here we are on the eve of the 234th anniversary of our great liberal victory over conservatisim. The remaining conservative treasonist swine just can't seem to be able to get along with each other. Awh what a shame.

    July 3, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Thomas

    Gee Liz, When is enough money enough! How long will politicians believe that the American public have not realized that Iraq-Afghan policy is the biggest money maker for the elite.? the Sheep are kinda-sorta awake now.

    July 3, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Jo

    So, Daddy can be in charge, right? I am sure it has more to do with Steele being right and at this point the war is a waste of time and money. Want to save the economy, stop the war or at least tone it down. Send drones and small counter insurgents, we are just targets out there. Maybe leave some surprises, too if things get a little out of control and Al-Quedia takes over.

    July 3, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. eolufemi

    not a fan of steele, but at least some republicans have the sense god gave them when it comes to war

    not every war is worth winning...

    this is one of those wars...

    July 3, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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