Michael Steele, Please Resign
RNC president's Afghanistan comments are the last straw
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2010 12:59 PM CDT

(Newser) – William Kristol has a holiday weekend request for Michael Steele. Perform "an act of service for the country you love: Resign as chairman of the Republican party," he writes for the Weekly Standard. Kristol says he's been willing to ignore Steele's gaffes in the past, but now that he's been quoted calling Afghanistan "a war of Obama's choosing," enough is enough. (CBS has more details on Steele's comments here, or see the video in the gallery.)

President Bush began the Afghan war, and "Republicans have consistently supported the effort," writes Kristol. Given the recent change in military leadership, Steele's timing is especially atrocious. "It’s an affront, both to the honor of the Republican party and to the commitment of the soldiers fighting to accomplish the mission they’ve been asked to take on by our elected leaders."