Republicans play into Dem hands on Steele’s comments

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RNC chairman Michael’s Steels’ recent comments about the Afghan War has Republicans up in arms. The people who are upset say that Republicans don’t politicize war.

Steele’s comment, that the war is Obama’s war, have the the people at MSNBC smelling blood. Jon Stewart, too.  They say the statement is not historically correct. Really? You mean to tell me that as President Obama couldn’t order all of our troops to immediately withdraw? When does anything that is now happening become the responsibility of this administration?

Than I heard Pat Buchanan talking today. I agreed with him, that the Republicans should not squash dissent. But then he said that the Republicans should not let the party be defined by people like Charles Krauthammer. Pat, Pat, Pat. If you read Krauthammer–who’s the most read conservative writer for a reason– you’d know that he was against the surge in Afghanistan.  And I was, too. But I’m not against identifying the real enemy–fundamentalist Islam, unlike our own government, whom in a recent report on  Major Hassan ‘s assassination of 12 US Soldiers, couldn’t be bothered to mention that radical Islam may have been his primary motivation. I guess slaughtering a dozen unarmed people whom you don’t know while screaming “Alahu Akbar!” (God is Great!) was the result of Tourrette’s  Syndrome.

Jon Stewart gave his usual amazed look while talking about Steele’s comments, saying that Steele has no clue about the history of the war. Well, wasn’t this exactly what Obama ran on? Didn’t he say repeatedly that we needed to exit Iraq immediately? So the argument that Obama has to stay in Afghanistan because leaving would hurt American prestige and strategic position doesn’t hold water.

10 thoughts on “Republicans play into Dem hands on Steele’s comments

    springcreekriverocean said:
    July 6, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Interesting, all through your article you talk about Afghanistan and Obama’s War, then at the very end you quote Obama on Iraq to prove your argument. Most interesting, George W. Bush used the same tactic to get us into Iraq. Perhaps all neocons failed geography.

    magus71 responded:
    July 6, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    1) I never called it Obama’s War.

    2) Obama can remove us from the war at any time.

    3) I pointed out the double standard of Obama and many Democrats who insisted that we remove ourselves immediately from Iraq, while it was Republicans who said that we could not leave, even if the original reaosn for being there proved wrong. The Democrats are now using the exact same argument, to stay in Afghanistan, that Republicans used for Iraq.

    4) I really don’t understand what your point is. Please explain.

    Amos Volante said:
    July 9, 2010 at 1:16 am

    I’m going to go out on a huge limb here and say that SpringCreek is not a military guy, but found our little pond of conservatism by accident (or those bumper stickers I slapped on all the cars at Democrat Campaign Headquarters).

    So let me surprise him by saying that I:

    1. Voted for Obama.
    2. Think President Obama is brilliant and has the best vision for healthcare I’ve seen yet, if not exactly perfect.
    3. George Bush used the “Probable Cause” litmus test to invade Iraq: Iraq probably had WMDs, so he took a chance and grabbed his balls.
    4. There was NO probable cause for Afghanistan. We had more justification for going there than we did for going to war against Japan. What president wouldn’t have done it?
    5. Setting a mid 2011 date to arbitrarily leave is exactly the same as just leaving anyway, which the president has authority to do, so;

    What’s your argument?

    Jolly Roger said:
    July 12, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    And the puppet show rolls goes on…

    kernunos said:
    July 13, 2010 at 1:19 am

    “1. Voted for Obama.”

    Still not sure why. Yes, McCain to me wasn’t a great choice at the time. He certainly was not whom I desired for the Republicans. These are the facts though on Obama before he was voted in as President of the United States.

    1. We didn’t know much about his past. In fact he had the most unknowns of any modern President to run for the office. (this of course may have made him look more appealing).

    2. He had the MOST Liberal voting record over the two years he was a US Senator.

    3. He sat for 20 years in the audience of a church that commonly had anti-american rants.

    4. He and/or Michelle were close friends/friend of Bill Ayers and he launched his Senatorial career out of the radical’s living room.

    Just #2 was enough to make me never-ever vote for someone ideologically disposed as this.

    Of course after the fact we know much-much more. He lied about transperancy, lobbyists, politics as usual…etc.etc… He has been ineffectual at best and downright damaging to the economy at the worst(he recently gave a speech saying the enemployment rate was only 10% but it could have been much worse even 12% or 15%. Of course the area he was giving the speech in had a 14.1% unemployment rate). His foreign relations skills are horrible stating the Isrealis’ probably distrust him because of his middle name(like this is the first time Isreal has dealt with a Muslim).

    Now everyone makes mistakes but I can’t tell if you are defending why you made the vote in the first place or wearing it as a badge of courage.

    Now whom someone votes for is their right and I understand this and at least you voted. When you make a vote though you roll the dice so to speak.

    I just hope America learns something from this pain it is going through.

    kernunos said:
    July 13, 2010 at 1:25 am

    “2. Think President Obama is brilliant and has the best vision for healthcare I’ve seen yet, if not exactly perfect.”

    Really? The Federal government can’t even keep Medicare and Social Security afloat so you think they will be good at the ENTIRE healthcare system? Tax revenue is dropping while government spending has been increasing so you think it is a good idea for the Federal Government to pay for something they were at least getting some revenue from?

    magus71 responded:
    July 13, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Amos drank the Kool-Aid.

    magus71 responded:
    July 13, 2010 at 5:17 am

    On what basis would you say Obama is brilliant? Seriously. Just because you got talked into voting for him?

    I still can’t believe you did that…

    kernunos said:
    July 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Has he been hanging out with too many good looking Liberal women? that will do it every time.

    kernunos said:
    July 14, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I don’t want to keep poking an open wound but this is what the ‘genius’ has created.

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