Friday, July 02, 2010

I hope the Republicans keep Steele as chief of RNC

They're kind of stuck with him. If they get rid of him, it will look like racial prejudice; they have so few African-Americans in their party, as it is -- and even fewer still in leadership roles. Steele is an ideal representative for them. He so perfectly reflects the wayward, confused consciousness (and overall intelligence) of a great majority of  their party membership and its leaders.  I hope they keep him in this very public position forever.  (P.S. As a progressive Democrat, I happen to agree with Steele that we should get out of Afghanistan and should never have been there in the first place.  But even a broken clock gets the time right twice a day. Steele isn't quite as sharp or accurate as a broken clock, but in this instance he comes to the right conclusion, even though his historical references are, as usual, incorrect.)
Steele Says Get Out of Afghanistan
by Jason Sigger

From TPM, evidence that Michael Steele really has no right talking on behalf of the Republican National Committee or, in fact, any legitimate political organization that has any sense at all.

"The McChrystal incident, to me, was very comical. And I think it's a reflection of the frustration that a lot of our military leaders have with this Administration and their prosecution of the war in Afghanistan," said Steele. "Keep in mind again, federal candidates, this was a war of Obama's choosing. This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in."

Really?? Where was this guy in October 2001? Or for that matter, was he awake at any point in time between2001 and the end of 200? Really love this line also:

"Well, if [Obama is] such a student of history, has he not understood that you know that's the one thing you don't do, is engage in a land war in Afghanistan? All right, because everyone who has tried, over a thousand years of history, has failed. And there are reasons for that."

It's "never get involved in a land war in ASIA," asshole, a reference to Southeast Asia, not Central Asia. And is he seriously suggesting that the Republican position is to have our troops leave Afghanistan? as Obama's proposing to do starting in 2011? Michael Steele's spokesman later explained that Steele has also missed the numerous times where Obama has explained his strategy for Afghanistan. But hey, keep this good man at his post in the RNC. By the Republican politicians' silence, that must mean they endorse his idiotic comments. And that goes to show, once again, that the Republicans have absolutely no credibility discussing national security issues.