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Re: Michael Steele

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Unless Michael Steele has an explanation for his astounding statement concerning Afghanistan, then Bill Kristol is correct and Steele should resign. He would not have been elected chair of the RNC had he said anything remotely like this before the election. Steele’s view on Afghanistan is a position of the far left and isolationist right, not of the conservative movement and certainly not of the GOP. Not one GOP senator took such a position during the Petraeus hearings, nor am I aware of any House GOP member with the exception of Ron Paul who holds this view. It is impossible to lead the GOP when you take a position diametrically opposed to one of its central tenets: Victory in Afghanistan, and no forced timetable for withdrawal there.

Update: Andrew McCarthy weighs in at NRO. The very able Doug Heye, RNC Communications director, tries to explain Chairman Steele’s statement but makes little sense in the attempt. That is because the statement is simply indefensible. The chairman should step up and announce that his view has zero to do with the GOP’s position on the war.

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