GOP Chairman Michael Steele finally says something sensible, and prominent Republicans across the board demand his resignation. No wonder these bozoic invertebrates get no respect. Here’s what caused the uproar:
“Keep in mind again, for our federal candidates, this was a war of Obama’s choosing,” Steele said. “This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in….It was the president who was trying to be cute by half by flipping a script demonizing Iraq, while saying the battle really should be in Afghanistan….
“Well, if he’s 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. There are other ways to engage in Afghanistan.”
Steele’s comments, including using the word “comical” to describe the events leading to the forced resignation of Afghanistan commander Stanley McChrystal, sparked an outcry from commentators as a video of his remarks made its way around the Internet. — Politics Daily
You may remember that George W. Bush authorized the military campaign in Afghanistan in 2001 to pursue Osama Bin Laden and his merry band of lunatic terrorists. But as is the case with most of Monkey Boy’s initiatives during his 8-year reign of unprecedented corruption and incompetence – the economy, health care, the nation’s education policy, energy and climate control, etc. — it failed miserably, and subsequently turned into the disaster it is today. Leaving office, he bequeathed a steaming pot of shit for the next guy to clean up, including Afghanistan.
But, as Steele accurately noted, it was Obama who upped the effort, despite the fact that Bin Laden and the war on terrorism has shifted ground, and that the American/Afghanistan alliance rests on the singularly unreliable and corrupt administration of Hamid Karzai. There is growing evidence that the American presence itself is creating sympathy for the Taliban, and that the centuries-old habit of the perpetually feuding and side-swapping Afghanis to unite only when invaded from outside its borders is in full play once again. As Steele correctly asked, Why doesn’t Obama recognize this?
Alarmed Republicans, fearing for the support of the lobotomized knee-jerk teabaggers who comprise the majority of their mouthiest base, immediately disowned their chairman’s remarks. But not every conservative commentator wants Steele’s scalp. Candidate Rand Paul praised him: “I would like to congratulate Michael Steele for his leadership on one of the most important issues of today. He is absolutely right: Afghanistan is now Obama’s war. During the 2008 campaign, Obama was out in front in insisting that more troops be sent to Afghanistan. Obama called for expanding the war even as he pretended to be a peace candidate.” — CNNPolitics
Paul is correct. There won’t ever be a military solution the war in Afghanistan, and the nation-building exercise we’re currently waging is as futile as the society is feudal. They don’t want us. They don’t want anybody. A foreign presence in that place is counter-productive, even if it’s handing out free ice cream and goat sex.
The way to end this insanity is to buy the country’s entire crop of poppies – that would be cheaper than maintaining an army, and immeasurably safer –thus simultaneously putting money in every Afghani’s pocket, and establishing control over the source of 90% of the world’s opium and heroin supply. Two enormous problems solved in one stroke. (Thanks to Duck Diamonds at the Liquor and Rubber Balls Sports Bar and Pet Grooming Center for explaining this approach last year. As he noted then, Win-win.)
Meanwhile, Steele, the Republican answer to hoof-in-face Joe Biden, backs away from the one sensible and courageous statement he ever made and circles the wagons against an onslaught of his own constituents and employers, including John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and former GOP chief Tom Cole. He’s as dead and spent as the weekend’s wet fireworks. Too bad, because normally he’s as good for a laugh as BP’s public relations effort, and about that slippery, too.