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RNC Chairman Steele takes heat for war remarks

July 3, 2010


— Republican chairman Michael Steele drew criticism from within his own party Friday, including calls to resign, after saying the 9-year-old commitment of U.S. troops to Afghanistan was a mistaken “war of Obama’s choosing.”

As criticism swelled, Steele issued a statement stressing his support for U.S. troops, but he did not acknowledge his factual error about a war launched by former President George W. Bush in response to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. A senior official in Bush’s administration said it would be impossible for the Republican National Committee to speak with credibility on foreign policy if Steele remained chairman.

Conservative Bill Kristol, writing for The Weekly Standard, was among the first to say Steele should resign.


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