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Liz Cheney joins calls for Steele to step down as leader of the RNC
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Posted on 07/03/2010 9:09:36 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Liz Cheney joins calls for Steele to step down as leader of the RNC By Walter Alarkon - 07/03/10 10:33 AM ET

Liz Cheney joined conservative calls for Michael Steele to resign his post as Republican National Committee chairman because his remarks about the Afghanistan war.

Steele's comments "were deeply disappointing and wrong," said Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, in a statement Saturday.

"The chairman of the Republican Party must be unwavering in his support for American victory in the war on terror — a victory that cannot be accomplished if we do not prevail in Afghanistan," said Liz Cheney, who serves as chairwoman of Keep America Safe, a conservative foreign policy group.

Cheney said she fully endorsed a letter by Bill Kristol, another Keeping America Safe board member, that called on Steele to resign.

"It is time for Chairman Steele to step down,” she said.

Steele was caught on camera this week questioning the U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, calling it "a war of [President] Obama's choosing" and saying that it was "not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in."

“If he's such a student of history,” Steele said at a fundraiser in Connecticut, “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.”

While Obama has taken heat from the right over his war strategy, it has largely been because he didn't immediately accept the recommendations of top generals last year to further increase the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan. Obama later announced a troop buildup, and conservatives more recently have supported the president's decisions, particularly his move to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus.

In addition to Kristol and Cheney, RedState founder Erick Erickson has called for Steele's resignation.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: lizcheney; steele
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1 posted on 07/03/2010 9:09:37 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Steele has become an embarrassment and should resign effective immediately.

He has not learned the cardinal rule of interviewing: less is more.

Steele embarrasses himself every time he opens his dumb stupid mouth.

I think the head of the RNC needs to take an IQ test before he gets the job.


2 posted on 07/03/2010 9:13:15 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Sub-Driver

I love the Cheneys but from a purely historical point of view Steele is right.


3 posted on 07/03/2010 9:13:33 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Sub-Driver

What is wrong with these delusional Republicans? Do they think they can spew off this crap to audiences and not get caught on video? Someone needs to sit conservatives down in a training session on common sense, explain today’s technology, and what the press will do when they say such stupid things. Another “Macaca Moment” for the GOP.


4 posted on 07/03/2010 9:13:44 AM PDT by TommyDale (Independent - I already left the GOP because they were too liberal)
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To: Sub-Driver
Smokey says:
"I second that emotion"
5 posted on 07/03/2010 9:16:17 AM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama is Nation building in Afghanistan, using troops as police officers with their hands tied behind their backs.

Steel is wrong, Obama is not fighting a war.

He's just feeding infidel soldiers into an Islamic meat grinder for his personal entertainment.

Steel needs to wake the f*&k up.

6 posted on 07/03/2010 9:20:11 AM PDT by PA-RIVER
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To: Sub-Driver

Steele was an “affirmative action” pick by the loafer wearing, Country Club republican RINO set. He was supposed to get blacks to vote for republicans. Screw CONSERVATIVES, of course, republican higher ups were interested in the BLACK vote. And McCain went after the “undecideds” and “moderates!!” That worked out well too, didn’t it!!!


7 posted on 07/03/2010 9:20:33 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Sub-Driver

Steele is right. 0zero is not going to prosecute this war in a fashion that will end in victory and it’s unfair to our troops. But there are plenty of reasons to get rid of Steele.


8 posted on 07/03/2010 9:21:07 AM PDT by bereanway (Sarah get your gun)
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To: Sub-Driver

STEP DOWN ??? Fire him!!!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 07/03/2010 9:21:53 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Sub-Driver
How many voters nationwide care about what Cheney or Steele say? If you are a true conservative you do not donate to that RINO bunch anyway, you give to individual candidates. The grassroots will have to win this in Nov, screw the RNC and the talking heads on TV.
10 posted on 07/03/2010 9:23:31 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: Ev Reeman

I think the head of the RNC needs to take an IQ test before he gets the job.

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Steele is not a stupid man. He is in fact a very clever man.

He is also a sabateur.


11 posted on 07/03/2010 9:24:24 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (The Democrats' mascot is a jackass. This is because they are asses who are in it for the jack.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Who would replace Steele? Sarah?


12 posted on 07/03/2010 9:27:47 AM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: Psalm 144

No, the true “sabateurs” are those who would support Obama’s War rather than act like a true OPPOSITION party. We can’t afford to keep policing the world. Steele was right.


13 posted on 07/03/2010 9:28:01 AM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: Sub-Driver

I stopped giving any funds to the RNC after the 2008 Election. I won’t give them anymore funds. My money now goes directly to the candidates who I locally know and support. The RNC wastes the money they receive.

When Sam Fox resigned from leadership at the RNC earlier this year and he was the largest contributor of the RNC it sends a message that their monied base is waning and they better take action to right the RNC or they will not have any sucess in 2010 or 2012. We want to elect good candidates but the RNC is holding back the GOP with Michael Steele as its leader.

Time for a change.


14 posted on 07/03/2010 9:28:01 AM PDT by ncfool (The new USSA - United Socialst States of AmeriKa. Welcome to Obummers world or Obamaville USSA.)
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To: ncfool

Hey, if you want to keep losing elections and run up the national debt, then you should give your money instead to Kristol’s Weekly Standard which helped lead the party to this disaster with its world policing foreign policy. Steele is right. For once the GOP should action like a true OPPOSITION party and stop shilling for Obama’s War.


15 posted on 07/03/2010 9:30:33 AM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: DefeatCorruption
Who would replace Steele? Sarah?

Liz Cheney?

16 posted on 07/03/2010 9:30:41 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Oldpuppymax

There are a lot better black conservatives that are not embarssments and that have great interviewing skills. Steele does not.


17 posted on 07/03/2010 9:31:46 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Oldpuppymax

The country club set supports Obama’s War. Steele’s stand against Obama’s Afghan policy is a refreshing break from that club.


18 posted on 07/03/2010 9:32:01 AM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: FreeReign

Liz Cheney? Her father helpd lead to the GOP to disaster and run up the national debt. I suppose she could complete the job.


19 posted on 07/03/2010 9:33:24 AM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: Ev Reeman

We have a grand opportunity in November. Think how great it could be with real leadership at the RNC.


20 posted on 07/03/2010 9:33:35 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: skeeter
I love the Cheneys but from a purely historical point of view Steele is right.

Where Steele was wrong, was in his comments about Afghanistan being a war of OBAMA'S choosing! Nope, Mr. Steele, it was George W. Bush who began that action, as he should have, when it became clear that Afghanistan had been the base of operations for the 9/11 attacks.

I don't know if Mr. Steele was just trying to tie the operations in Afghanistan around Obama's neck in the event that they fail, but he sure didn't make it sound too good for Republicans, and their efforts to support the troops.

21 posted on 07/03/2010 9:35:50 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: skeeter
"I love the Cheneys but from a purely historical point of view Steele is right."

How so?

Afghanistan has been successfully invaded many times. It is common misinformation that it was not.

22 posted on 07/03/2010 9:37:34 AM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: Sub-Driver
"There are other ways to engage in Afghanistan.”

What are the "other ways", Chairman Steele?

23 posted on 07/03/2010 9:37:49 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Sub-Driver

Steele will be the October suprise, when he resigns in October he will claim rascism as the reason.


24 posted on 07/03/2010 9:39:00 AM PDT by stockpirate ("......When the government fears the people you have liberty." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Ev Reeman

Agree he needs to go, but kinda agree with what he said about Afghanistan.


25 posted on 07/03/2010 9:39:12 AM PDT by altura
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To: Captain Kirk

Well, howdedo. You are right in league with Obama and you’re both wrong.


26 posted on 07/03/2010 9:40:24 AM PDT by altura
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To: Ev Reeman

I nominate Liz Cheney. She rocks and doesn’t hold back.


27 posted on 07/03/2010 9:41:07 AM PDT by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: Eagles6
Successfully invaded - yes, exactly. But the british and russians lost alot of soldiers trying to establish garrisons in that country for no discernable results.

Afghanistan is not Iraq - its a wild country. I've thought from the beginning we needed to avoid a prolonged engagement there, kick ass and then promise to come back & kick ass again if they misbehaved.

28 posted on 07/03/2010 9:43:12 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: DefeatCorruption

Let’s ask Liz herself. Put her in charge of the committee to find another RNC Chair!

If she follows in her family’s tradition, she will end up nominating herself as the best potential candidate.


29 posted on 07/03/2010 9:47:23 AM PDT by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: Sub-Driver
Steele should have resigned long ago.

Totally worthless!

30 posted on 07/03/2010 9:47:39 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Captain Kirk

No, the true “sabateurs” are those who would support Obama’s War rather than act like a true OPPOSITION party. We can’t afford to keep policing the world. Steele was right.

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It is not Obama’s war, it is Bush’s war.

Genghis Khan dealt handily with this ‘invincible’ region, as he did with Moslems generally.

Steele is a liar as well as sabateur.


31 posted on 07/03/2010 9:48:48 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (How many gaffes make a pattern?)
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To: Psalm 144

Ghengis Khan had no ROE.


32 posted on 07/03/2010 9:50:07 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Sub-Driver

This affirmative action asshat needs to go. Make him a commentator on CNN.


33 posted on 07/03/2010 9:51:13 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: skeeter
Britain left after they achieved their goals. Russia lost because we backed the other side

I don't disagree with you but on the other side of the coin is the fact that jihadis from all over the world come there, as a moth to the flame, to die for mohammed (may piss be upon him). Just as in Iraq, tens of thousands of "martyrs" earned their virgins and are now not causing grief somewhere else.

On the other hand "commander zero" has no intention of winning a war against his muslim brothers. If that is the case...

34 posted on 07/03/2010 9:53:11 AM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: skeeter

Afghanistan is not Iraq - its a wild country. I’ve thought from the beginning we needed to avoid a prolonged engagement there, kick ass and then promise to come back & kick ass again if they misbehaved.

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Exactly.


35 posted on 07/03/2010 9:55:21 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (How many gaffes make a pattern?)
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To: skeeter

How to win in Afghanistan

1. Get rid of Karzai as he sanctions corruption.

2. Eliminate any deadline for withdrawal of troops

3. Eliminate the foolish ROE that Obama used to hamstring our troops

4. Replace the tribal mentality with a viable and sustainable representative government like the one we started in Iraq

5. Educate the populace

6. Train and equip Afghanis to hold and secure their own country

7. Develop the mineral resources of Afghanistan to replace the drug trade

8. Win over the hearts and minds of the Afghani people

9. Hold free and fair elections

10, Build and maintain a basic infrastructure

In other words, do what it takjes to nation build starting from the ground up and the grass roots.


36 posted on 07/03/2010 9:55:30 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: skeeter

Ghengis Khan had no ROE.

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He did, but the rules were focused on utterly destroying the enemy for minimal loss.

The Mongol warmachine under Ghengis was very sophisticated in doctrine, organization, regulation and execution.


37 posted on 07/03/2010 10:00:33 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (How many gaffes make a pattern?)
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To: Ev Reeman

8. Win over the hearts and minds of the Afghani people

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Moslems have neither.


38 posted on 07/03/2010 10:02:04 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (How many gaffes make a pattern?)
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To: Ev Reeman

or we could have just gone in there and nuked them back to the stoneage and then left. it wold serve as a much more effective warning to anyone else who wanted to mess with us


39 posted on 07/03/2010 10:22:08 AM PDT by henry_reardon
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To: Sub-Driver

Steele has been a poster child for the “Peter Principle” from the first day he was appointed to this job.

Considering all that is at risk, our side requires a strong conservative and one with vision at the lead of the RNC.

Steele should have never been appointed and he should have been removed a long time ago.

I believe that Steele is a nice guy, but he’s not very bright and his convictions are mislead/misplaced.

As we approach one of the most important election cycles our country’s history, we can’t afford incompetence to threaten what looks like a strong potential for victory.

If Steele has any honor and self respect within him, he will immediately step down and shut up.


40 posted on 07/03/2010 10:23:17 AM PDT by Gator113 (OBAMA IS NOT SUSTAINABLE.. IMPEACH OBAMA NOW..)
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To: DefeatCorruption
Who would replace Steele? Sarah?

I'd support Ken Blackwell. He'd do a far better job than Steele has.

41 posted on 07/03/2010 10:30:20 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book, RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. More @ www.book-resistancetotyranny.com)
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To: skeeter
Afghanistan is not Iraq - its a wild country. I've thought from the beginning we needed to avoid a prolonged engagement there, kick ass and then promise to come back & kick ass again if they misbehaved.

That's a hollow threat and both the Afghanis and the Pakistanis know it - they understand the US political situation and the power of US doves as well as anyone else. And Pakistan will not leave Afghanistan alone. The Islamists and the Pakistani military will begin restoring the Taliban to power the second we leave, and Afghanistan will again turn into a safe haven for Islamic terrorist outfits.

As for Steele, the man is a publicity-hungry buffoon. The RNC's response to Obama's election was the intelligence-insulting token appointment of Steele, and they've gotten burned very badly.
42 posted on 07/03/2010 11:00:13 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: skeeter

The foreign policy establishment as represented by the Kristol’s and the Cheney’s pursue limited wars just like Obama does.

Our bipartisan post-World War II United Nations era foreign policy is rooted in fighting conflicts where there is no victory.

My prime question to leaders is simple. Why do we tolerate a Taliban safe haven in Pakistan?

Its like not bombing and destroying Haiphong harbor which would have won the Vietnam War. Fear of Soviet sailors dying and starting a nuke war was the excuse.

Now I guess its fear of Pakistani nukes that limits our options to win this war in Afghanistan.


43 posted on 07/03/2010 11:34:14 AM PDT by Nextrush (Slocialist Republicans and Socialist Democrats need to go)
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To: Sub-Driver

I doubt he does resign. He is too busy living first class on GOP money. The Black VS Black theory that led to his elevation was the worst sort of cynical BS that never had any chance of working.


44 posted on 07/03/2010 12:27:12 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Psalm 144
It is not Obama’s war, it is Bush’s war.

Bush has been out of office for nearly two years. Like it or not, Zero is the commander in chief. Obama appointed the general in the field and choose to double down on the war to an extent not even supported by Bush. Obama now "owns" it just as much as he owns Obama care. Those conservatives who backed Obama's escalation are shilling for the Democrats.

45 posted on 07/03/2010 1:04:30 PM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: Ev Reeman

The Soviets didn’t have ROE and they lost. That gimmick won’t perform a miracle.


46 posted on 07/03/2010 1:06:38 PM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: PA-RIVER

No, Obama is not nation building. Obama is anti-war and he simply demagogued the war in Afghanistan as a campaign issue to hide his anti-war beliefs. Then, when he became the Commander in Chief, there was no way out. That’s when Obama appointed all the “clowns” in the state department to represent his anti-war views and placed the abhorrent rules of engagement on the military. This is totally Obama’s war and now he is going to have to fight his war with Bush’s general, a man who fights to win, not aim for mediocrity.


47 posted on 07/03/2010 1:14:37 PM PDT by Eva (Aand)
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To: Ev Reeman
The problem is there are no "Afghan people". Only disparate and primative tribes.

It may be possible to 'nation build' where there has never been a singular nation. Or it may not.

But do you really want to spend more US lives & treasure building another unified muslim nation?

48 posted on 07/03/2010 2:49:53 PM PDT by skeeter
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