Good gravy, this is a stunningly dense statement for the chair of the Republican National Committee to have made. Here is Bill Kristol taking him to task and calling for his resignation.
Your tenure has of course been marked by gaffes and embarrassments, but I for one have never paid much attention to them, and have never thought they would matter much to the success of the causes and principles we share. But now you have said, about the war in Afghanistan, speaking as RNC chairman at an RNC event, "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." And, "if [Obama] 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?"
Needless to say, the war in Afghanistan was not "a war of Obama’s choosing." It has been prosecuted by the United States under Presidents Bush and Obama. Republicans have consistently supported the effort. Indeed, as the DNC Communications Director (of all people) has said, your statement "puts [you] at odds with about 100 percent of the Republican Party."
Wow, that is just dumb, tone deaf, partisan and certainly grounds for being shown the door. Kristol is right that Steele has had an awful turn at the RNC, and to say this about the Commander in Chief at a critical moment in the war is unforgivable. Many of us obviously have grave disagreements with some of Obama's moves, but to try and lay the war on his door step and say that he not the country is responsible for it is outrageous. America fights its wars as the United States, not a political party or individual. Michael Steele failed that critical test and he needs to go.