I have spent a tremendous amount of time on this blog taking the left to task for politicizing our foreign policy and prioritizing partisan advantage over our national security. The left has been, on this issue, utterly despicable and beneath contempt. Now, RNC Chariman Michael Steele has done the same, calling the war in Afghanistan "Obama's war" and labeling it "unwinable." To the credit of Republican Party (well, other than by the Republican Party's crazy Uncle, Ron Paul), no one else in federal office has taken that tack, nor should they. The reality is that we cannot afford to walk away from Afghanistan, the host country for al-Qaeda at the time of 9-11, without opening up a Pandora's box of negative consequences. As a threshold matter, one need only remember that it was the Soviet's loss in Afghanistan that put Islamic radicalism on steroids to begin with. Is there any reason why an American retreat from Afghanistan today would have any less of a disasterous effect in the long term?
Steele seems to be making about a major gaffe every month or two. But unlike his other gaffes, this one, on a matter of critical importance to our country, is unforgivable. Steele must go.