Keepin’ it real with Michael Steele?

Holy cow, the Republican party has a dingbat as their chairman. There’s no need to list the numerous stupid things he’s said during his time in the office, but his latest babbling about something he knows nothing about is ludicrous even by his standards. Calling the Afghanistan war a war of Obama’s choosing is just wrong. Whether or not one agrees with the action, what Steele said is patently false. He should be removed as head of the party just for saying something that stupid.

However, one of Steele’s comments was precisely correct: “Well, if he’s (Obama) 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.”

Prosecuting a conflict in Afghanistan, especially the kind of nation building that McChrystal and now Petraeus has been attempting is a fool’s errand. The blood of some of our nation’s best young people is being spilled and lives are being sacrificed in a futile effort. The war against Islamic terrorism is not limited to Al Qaeda or to Afghanistan. It’s a war against a diabolical ideology that has spread worldwide, and that the current military efforts are useless to contain.

In a shock of the first order, Joe Biden’s plan as quoted in Politico: “…an alternative strategy that focused on hunting Al Qaeda along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border with far fewer troops” makes more sense than the current strategy being prosecuted by our military. And the statement: “while supporting Obama’s eventual decision to deploy more troops, Biden apparently remains deeply skeptical that President Hamid Karzai can ever run a functional state” shows he has a clear eyed view of Karzai as well. (Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/39308_Page2.html#ixzz0sgM41StN)

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