Georgia's Isakson slaps Steele on Afghan war comments

Macon TelegraphJuly 6, 2010 

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., sharply criticized recent comments by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Tuesday.

Steele's comment that Afghanistan is "a war of Obama's choosing" has provoked sharp dissent within his own party.

Isakson, in remarks at a news conference outside of Robins Air Force Base, said Steele's criticism of the war "was totally unacceptable."

"This is America's war, it started under the Bush Administration, it's been continued under the Obama Administration," Isakson said.

"I think activists need to always hold to the truth, and they need to say what is correct whether raising money at a rally or making a speech on television," Isakson added.

Isakson, who is up for re-election in November, did not call for Steele to resign as RNC chairman.

Isakson toured Robins early Tuesday as a part of a swing through military installations around the state.

McClatchy Washington Bureau is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service