As they say, even a broken clock is right twice a day.
So, once in a while, even Republican Chairman Michael Steele gets something right. As he sure did on Afghanistan.
Speaking to a Republican fundraiser in Connecticut last week, Steele blasted the war in Afghanistan. “This was a war of Obama’s choosing,” said the controversial RNC Chair. “This is not something the United States prosecuted or wanted to engage in.”
Not only that, insisted Steele, it was the wrong war to begin with. “One thing you don’t do is engage in a land war in Afghanistan,” he explained. “Because everyone who’s tried over a thousand years of history has failed.”
Now, that may be a stupid thing for the Chairman of the Republican Party to say – after all, the war in Afghanistan was started by President George W. Bush and enjoys almost unanimous support among members of Congress.
But, on the merits, Michael Steele is absolutely correct. Ever since the surge, the war in Afghanistan has become Obama’s war. And we will be no more successful creating a strong, central government in Afghanistan than the British or Russians who were there before us.
So, on Afghanistan, Michael Steele is right. He’s just Chairman of the wrong party.
That’s my parting shot for today.