Liz Cheney, daughter of the former vice president, chairman of Keep America Safe, and an increasingly prominent voice in national security politics, has released a statement calling for Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele to resign:
RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s comments about the war in Afghanistan were deeply disappointing and wrong. 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 joins Weekly Standard editor Kristol, former South Carolina Republican Party chair (and Steele opponent) Katon Dawson, and prominent conservative blogger Erick Erickson in calling for Steele’s resignation. The controversy started after Steele was recorded telling a group of Republican candidates Thursday that the war in Afghanistan is “a war of Obama’s choosing.” “This was not something that the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in,” Steele told the group, adding that “the one thing you don’t do is engage in a land war in Afghanistan.”