Weekly Standard editor William Kristol is calling for Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele to resign after Steele’s comment that the war in Afghanistan is “a war of Obama’s choosing.” Speaking to an RNC event, Steele recently said of the war: “This was not something that the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.” The chairman added that “the one thing you don’t do is engage in a land war in Afghanistan.”
The United States, of course, invaded Afghanistan in 2001, after the September 11 attacks, under the leadership of President George W. Bush.
“At a time when Gen. Petraeus has just taken over command, when Republicans in Congress are pushing for a clean war funding resolution, when Republicans around the country are doing their best to rally their fellow citizens behind the mission, your comment is more than an embarrassment,” Kristol says in an open letter to Steele. “It’s an affront, both to the honor of the Republican party and to the commitment of the soldiers fighting to accomplish the mission they’ve been asked to take on by our elected leaders.”
No response yet from Steele or the RNC.