There is a dust up over minor remarks by National Republican Committee Chairman Michael Steele in which he called the War in Afghanistan a war of Obama’s choosing (refering to the surge and refocus from Iraq). He noted correctly that over the centuries not foreign power has conquered the land through a land war. The Neo Con faction of the party is demanding that Steele resign. Bill Crystal, Liz Cheney, and Charles Krauthammer are leading the charge. Readers here know that I support the President’s resolve to winning this war so that we can come home and not go back latter when hundreds or thousands of Americans have died again. General Petraeus put it well when he said that we are in this to win it. On this I agree with the Neo Cons. Where I am disagreeing with them is the idea that a little noted comment which was retracted by the RNC before the digital ink could dry is cause for resignation. Even if the Chairman stuck by the remarks, it is not a cause for resignation. The Neo Con faction with its constant over reaching in the name of a robust national security has done great harm to the Republican Party. The losses of the party in 2006 lie almost solely at the feet of the Neo Cons. This faction has condemned any voice which disagrees. It is the new boy on the block but acts as if it owns the block. I believe that a robust discussion of our national security strategy is fair game. Steele needs to stay put through these elections as any disruption would only be a major distraction at this point. I especially do not think that anyone should resign for a statement that was reversed. If we say that even mentioning the difficulties ahead is a “capital offence”then we are saying to our traditional base of people like Will and Buchanan that you no longer have a place in the party. We are saying to 60% of the people who share the war fatigue that your concerns are not even worth voicing. That is not wise. We are not talking about fundamental positions of the party. We are talking about a fluid strategy. He is still wrong. I do not fault the Neo Cons for differing and calling for a withdraw of the statement. I just think resignation calls 4 months before the election are arrogant and unreasonable. It is like the Neo Cons think they own the GOP. The Neo Cons can get in line. There is going to be a robust debate next year over whether Chairman Steele is the man to guide us into 2012. That will be the appropriate time to make the case for change.