August 24th, 2010
12:41 PM ET
4 years ago

Boehner to give speech on Iraq

(CNN) – House GOP Leader John Boehner will deliver next "major" speech on August 31 on national security issues, and Iraq will be one component of the speech, according to a Boehner aide.

The speech will be delivered at the American Legion's national convention in Milwaukee. The aide notes
Boehner was already on the schedule before the White House announced the date for President Obama's speech on Iraq.

On Iraq, the aide notes Boehner will stress that the "troops and surge should get the credit" for success in Iraq. He will note that President Obama and Vice President Biden initially opposed the surge and that "if
we followed their advice, it would have left the country in chaos."


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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Ted van Tol

    Good lord, who lied us into that terrible war in the first place?

    August 24, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. 60s survivor

    the orange man speaks. same stuff. and NO answers. guaranteed!

    August 24, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Laverne

    John Boehner is so divisive and if this man become speaker of the house, it will prove to be a horrible move by voters. This is further proof of the republicans intent to under the President. President is the Commander in Chief, no Mr. Bonehead! With or with out the surger, Obama has stuck to his timetable to bring our troops home and if the republicans had their way, our troops would be there indefinitely. Mr. Tan Man is disgusting!

    August 24, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. therealslimshady

    So the GOP wants the credit for this but no blame for the state of the economy. People are we really that stupid?

    August 24, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Adalbert

    Is he going to talk about the Iraqi gulf courses?

    August 24, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "troops and surge should get the credit"

    Hey Bonehead, we shouldn't have been in Iraq in the first place! Thanks to your cowboy President and his lust for revenge against Saddam, he lied the American people into war on a false justification. Not to mention that WAR CRIMES were committed in Iraq. If the GOP wants to take credit for this war ending, fine with me, because majority of Americans were against it. Then the GOP are quick to criticize President Obama when it comes to his vote against the surge. I can see how he can vote no against it when he didn't vote for it in the first place. Republicans are so concerned about the deficit, but yet they support this unfunded war. What a bunch of hypocrites.

    August 24, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. AFR531

    Tell us with facts and not just words how Iraq is not in caos.

    August 24, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Okay Boehner, if this is what you want you've got it. And we will be more than happy to give Republicans, like yourself, all the credit for voting with Bush 100% of the time creating the mess we're in today instead of blaming it on the Commander in Chief who was none other than George W. Bush. Boehner has proven he is the most disrespectful politician in Washington knowing our military is serving under President Obama who is the Commander in Chief.

    August 24, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. ABM

    They opposed the surge BECAUSE there was NO PLAN – typical oversight by a person who distorts the TRUE facts. How long since the war started? We rushed into it without merit or evidence and it left us with what? Oh I forgot Oil – which for some reason is much more expensive now than ever. Cue Haliburton and Cheney's behind closed door manipulation.

    Just like the Bailout plan that the Bush Administration created – rush to help your donors and not think about putting the proper checks and balances in to avoid blowback. Now what to we have Execs who are spending tons of money slapping the hands that are now in the process of saving their tails.

    Boehner should not be speaking at all. He does not control policy nor does he care about the common person. All he cares about is saving his donor friends and getting back on the golf course while we work our tails off to feed the corporate machine.

    Here is a solid message from a registered Republican – it is time for you to grow up and learn to play with others. Get to work and offer REAL solutions. Work with the people on the other side of the aisle and help out the People of the United States.

    Ohio you picked a real winner...er...WHINER.

    August 24, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Will it be given from his favorite pub, tanning bed, or golf course?

    August 24, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Jon

    The American people aren't stupid enough to follow Boehner's twisted logic. I'll never forget who got this country into the immoral and illegal invasion of Iraq that has cost this country so much in treasure and lives, especially on election days.

    August 24, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Billy, NYC

    I am VERY happy the Iraq war is ending finally. Remember the thousands of young men and women who died for this un-just war; promoted by a whole bunch of lies from Bush and Cheney. Till today, there is still no WMD found and discovered NO link between Sadamn and the terroists who striked US. How stupid & shameful? Thousands of families are forever changed because of this Iraq war.

    August 24, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. LYNETTE IN CA

    Why is he speaking at all about Iraq? He has no clue what's going on there and no right to speak to it. I can't believe anyone would listen to this gas bag!

    August 24, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. flushthedonkeys

    I don't know why any member of the GOP bothers to say anything, the doped up liberals (as you can see on these pages) are going to demean and degrade anyone who has a contrary though to the great, corrupt, inept, slimmy, union toady the unions tole the election for in 2008.

    August 24, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. bobden

    Bonehead boehner speaks again. As usual, he's talking when he should be listening.

    August 24, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. John

    John Boehner must go ,No doubt he is the worst congressman in the house,He must be Defeated in November by Justin Coussoule.Go to Justin's website to support his campaign.Good Luck!.

    August 24, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. charlie from the North

    And if you idiots had listened to Colin Powell (the only one of the bunch to have actually served in a war) Iraq would still be a no-fly zone and our economy would not have been flushed down the toilet and the lives of our brave men and women as well as countless Iraqis would have been spared.

    August 24, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Video Guy

    While he is speaking John Boehner needs to remind us WHO put us into this war and under who's watch we are withdrawing.

    August 24, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Justin

    Boehner's heard of Iraq? I'm surprised.

    August 24, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Marge

    OH dear one of the enablers who was gung ho on Iraq has something to say. Is he finally going to tell us how to get his wonderful looking orange tan. Maybe if he would stay away from what gives him the sallow look he wouldn't need to orange himself up.

    August 24, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Chris121875

    I always told there was two important things to a fight. Who started it, and who finished it. Bush started it (unnecessarily) and Obama is finishing it, as promised, according to a timeline that was vehemently opposed by the Republicans. On entering office, Obama listened to the counsel of his generals and Sec of Defense and deployed a similar strategy in Afghanistan and largely kept the same strategy in Iraq as his predecessor. That was a tough thing for him to do politically with his base and Obama deserves a lot of credit. John Boehner is a clown.

    August 24, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Iraq: "We saved the world from Gog and Magog by lying to America, killing 100K or so Iraqi civilians, destroying a country's entire infrastructure, giving bin Laden and his ilk vast amounts of reruitment material and photo-ops and getting 5K or so young Americans killed."

    Economy: "It's all someone else's fault because a decade or so of tax cuts for the wealthy, 3+ decades of chasing the trickle-down fairy tale and 8 years of negligent regulatory enforcement (because we couldn't just get rid of the regs outright) magically has nothing to do with the economy collapsing. We were right, reality is wrong."

    August 24, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. steve kevlin

    is he going to announce "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" george already did that a few years ago......... hmmmmmmmmm or is he going to speak about his spray on tan.....

    August 24, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Randy

    I hope he can sober up a little first.

    August 24, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Julie C

    Hard to even comment on this guy; he's clueless. How about taking some responsibility for the economic mess that's resulted from these wars? It's easier to put the blame on the Demo's for "spending" but the GOP has never said how those wars would be funded in the first place! This is why so many of us in the middle are angry at the GOP. They lie, take credit but no accountability and are totally on empty when it comes to solutions. Vote those fat cats out!

    August 24, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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