About Micheal Steele….
Posted by iusbvision on July 5, 2010
UPDATE – Limbaugh responds – Why are you pinheads so zealously attacking Michael Steele who is at least half right, not going after Elena Kagan who is all wrong….
Hi all lack of posts lately due to a bout of food poisoning. Anyways about Steele and his Afghan war comments.
This is another case of Republicans being too quick to get into a flame war with each other. It needs to stop. So many people are talking that no one is listening.
What did Steele say that was so bad?
Steele said that this was Obama’s war. Well there is merit to that point of view. Obama and the Dems said that Iraq was unjust and a distraction and that Afghanistan was the “just war” and that we should focus on that. So from that point of view saying this is “Obama’s chosen war” has merit.
Steele’s comments about a land war in Afghanistan have merit. Land wars in Afghanistan have a long history of being a long drawn out mess. The USA never did commit to a massive land occupation of Afghanistan under Bush. With that said Obama did not agree to give the commanders on the ground what they asked for to complete the mission he gave them. If we are not going to do this as the military asks we should get out (lesson from Vietnam).
Liz Cheney and Bill Crystal take another view that also has merit. Congress authorized the Afghan invasion and Bush executed that invasion to oust the Taliban. If we leave it will create a power vacuum the same sort that was created when we left Afghanistan too early after we helped the Northern Alliance kick the Soviets out. A US withdrawal would have bad consequences for American credibility and our allies in the region and would embolden Iran.
Again all these arguments have merit.
Taking one view or the other doesn’t mean that you are a dirty no good so in so.
Republicans need to stop asking people to resign, stop saying that Steele is attacking our troops, stop saying that someone is an apologist for XXX. How about having a solid, substantive policy discussion and weigh the merits and demerits on both sides like adults?