Recently Bill Kristol, Liz Cheney (daughter of Dick), and Erick Erickson and other neocons and digressive warmongers came together in agreement recently to suggest that GOP chairman Michael Steele step down from his position after making remarks about the Obama Administration’s strategy in Afghanistan. As Cody London mentioned in his post, there has been a gigantic push by Bill Kristol and other warmongering so-called “conservatives” to persuade Steele to resign, just because he might make the party look like it is taking a more peaceful stance on the war in Afghanistan than the Obama administration and the Democratic Party.
How wicked and un-patriotic of Steele to suggest that the war in Afghanistan is a lost cause, and for bringing up of all things, the history of wars in Afghanistan. He is such a terrorist, queue the thunder and lightning for his un-patriotic evil presence!
In Steele’s defense, there is nothing in Steele’s statement that is even remotely suggesting that the war itself is a mistake, much less anti-war. In fact Steele himself referred to the war in Afghanistan as a “necessary endeavor” in a statement issued after his initial “controversial” comments. Just as Rand Paul’s comments were twisted around by the media to imply racism, Steele’s comments were twisted to imply that he may actually advocate a completely rational, logical, and mature non-interventionist foreign policy that may be considered “un-patriotic” by people with a considerable amount of influence in the GOP, like Bill Kristol. Here is Steele’s actual quote:
The McChrystal incident, to me, was “very comical”. I think it’s a reflection of the frustration that a lot of our military leaders has with this Administration and their prosecution of the war in Afghanistan. Keep in mind again, federal candidates, this was a war of Obama’s choosing. This was not something that the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.
But it was the President who was trying to be cute by half by building a script demonizing Iraq, while saying the battle really should in Afghanistan,” he continued. “Well, if he is 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? Alright, because everyone who has tried over a thousand years of history has failed, and there are reasons for that. There are other
Steele did not imply anything at all in his statement that even remotely suggested that the war “wasn’t worth fighting” or that we should “pull-out all together”. What he did imply is that the Obama administration should not engage so many of our soldiers in a ground war, not in a war period. He said that this is “a war of Obama’s choosing” in the context that is purposely criticizing the president for his “anti-Iraq war” stance. He was merely criticizing the Obama’s administration’s tactics in fighting the war in Afghanistan, not questioning the war all together. God forbid if there is a peace-loving and sensible chairman of the RNC, which might be “un-patriotic” or “terrorist-like.”
Kristol and other trigger-happy, blood-thirsty, war-hawk “conservatives” are attempting to push their weight around in the Republican Party, however if the chairman does not step down, then it could be a sign that Kristol and the neocon’s influence in the republican party is slowly diminishing! Imagine that, no more pro-war neo-cons ranting and raving about more perpetual, pointless and money-draining wars are going to “keep us safe.” Could the GOP’s platform be slowly turning towards a non-interventionist foreign policy? One sign of that being true is if Steele gains popularity and mass media attention over the matter. Then others might follow his example.
It is a long-shot to think that the republican party, which is mostly the “war-hawk party of America”, with the exception of course the true conservatives in the movement, (guess who that is!), is ever going to adopt a non-interventionist foreign policy. Bill Kristol helped turn a once peaceful and fiscally conservative party, into a decadent, blood-thirsty, and trigger-happy party that truly reflects the darker side of America which is feared and loathed all throughout the world! Bill Kristol is to the neoconservative movement what Alfred Rosenberg was to the Nazi movement. For now, liberty-minded people such as ourselves can only hope that this is a sign of things to come and that Kristol’s hold on the Republican Party will only get progressively lose. Steele has no reason to step down. Bill Kristol is not the leader of the GOP!Published in