GOP Chairman Michael Steele is under withering fire from key members of his own party over remarks he made last week questioning our ability to win in Afghanistan and calling that war one of “Obama’s choosing”. The reaction from the neo-con right was swift, with Bill Kristol, and Liz Cheney calling on Steele to resign. John McCain offered some harsh criticism as well. From Politico:
McCain offered the harshest response to Steele’s remarks Sunday, though he too said the chairman’s future is up to others.
“I think those statements are wildly inaccurate and there’s no excuse for them,” McCain told ABC’s “This Week.” He added that “Chairman Steele sent me an email saying they were misconstrued.”
Steele, the Arizona Republican said, “is going to have to assess whether he thinks he can still lead the Republican Party as chairman of the party and come to a decision.”
Steele truly is the gift that keeps on giving for Democrats. But in all this controversy there is something of substance to think about. Is a land war in Afghanistan winnable in the traditional sense?