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. Ferret out the BS

    Probably a typical Republican "pep" rally speech.... Republicans are good and Democrats are bad. A speech that has no real basis in fact but relies on propaganda and spin.

    August 24, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. water bearer

    "if we followed their advice, it would have left the country in chaos."

    And if we hadn't followed the course set by Bush & Cheney we never would have had to debate whether a "surge" would work or not! Lies to get us into a war we never should have wasted millions of dollars & thousands of lives on! The GOP wants to give Bush/Cheney the credit for the surge, and yet will not accept that any of the responsibility for our dire economic situation should fall on their shoulders! The current GOP is the most divisive, corrupt & cynical version of the Republican party in my memory!

    Vote NO for the party of NO!

    August 24, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Everyone this guy opens his mouth, he sticks his foot in it. Someone ought to muzzle him.

    August 24, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Hey boner, maybe if you hadn't voted for the war (President Obama was smarter than you on this one, again!) we wouldn't be talking about the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraquis.
    Your rants are becoming quite tiresome . . . killing ants with a nuclear weapon, crying over healthcare reform, you probably know every bar in DC, couldn't answer questions about retirement at 70 and it seems that your constituents are not too happy with him either!
    You have been a failure and now you want your rich friends to continue making themselves richer by screwing the middle class and the poor.
    what an ugly orange man you are!!

    August 24, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Len Smith

    Why doesn't he just shut up. Everytime I read something about him it is anti-American. He makes me sick.

    August 24, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    The only thing The LORD of ORANGE can guarantee is "NO".

    August 24, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Mr. Moderate

    The only thing the surge proved was how poorly the Bush administration had screwed up the Iraq strategy previously. Remember their run up to the invasion – it would only take six months, we would be greeted a liberators, Iraq's oil money would pay for it. "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended, America has prevailed"

    Despite protestations from the military, the administration went in to Iraq with too few troops and not enought propoer equipment to get the job done. They did not want to ask the American public to sacrafice (hence never including war funding in the budget) out of fear of losing votes. (Plus Halliburton was making a lot of money).

    The worst part is that the administration's years of fighting on the cheap cost thousands of more American lives than it should have all to settle a family vendetta. "Saddam Hussein is not a nice man, he tried to kill my dad" – George W Bush.

    August 24, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Mr. Moderate

    If we would have followed Obama's advice, we would have never gone into Iraq in the first place.

    August 24, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Shut up Boner, you are a useless moron!

    August 24, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. SMH

    I guess he has nothing better to do.

    August 24, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. American

    More rational thinking from the Syracuse mascot.

    August 24, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. trish

    John Boehner,you`re an idiot.Please go and sit down and let intelligent people like our President handle things.We`ve had enough ignorance in politics that will forever shame us in history.Where ever bush went,the rest of you should follow.You`re a bunch of old, ignorant mules who `s best assets are lying,cheating and stealing.

    August 24, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Perry

    Someone should remind Mr. Boehner that we should not have been in Iraq in the first place and that 5000 Americans died there needlessly.

    Ergo, any credit he claims is well deserved.

    August 24, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Peggy Ann Fiolkoski

    It doesn't matter that President Obama and VP Biden voted against the surge, what matters is that we are getting out of IRAQ. We should not have ever gone into that country that had so much Bibical History. We went in destroyed the country, killed God only knows how many Iraqis, stole many Bibical items and more. This was Bush's, Cheney and the Republican's war. Who got rich on this war? I know I didn't. Look closely at Haliburton and Blackwater Group. Both with Bush and Cheney's stamp of approval . Mr. Bonehead has a Golf Addiction. Anyone who plays 119 rounds of Golf in a year is addiicted. Maybe he should spend his time discussing issues with the people who elected him. Oh no. They aren't rich enough for him His is a disgrace to what our country stands for.

    August 24, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. JohninTampa

    Boehner intends to point out that Obama and Biden initially opposed 'the surge?' Somebody should point out to Boehner that if the Bush administration had listened to the generals in the first place there would have never been a need for 'the surge' later. The generals said from the beginning more troops were needed, but they were ignored.

    Boehner should be avoiding the entire subject of Iraq. From beginning to near the end this was a fiasco and a horror story that belongs to HIM and to his party. What's ho gonna crow about now, Obama keeping his promise to end it?

    August 24, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. The Other Michael in Houston

    Wow the "catcher mitt face" is at it again. No matter what you say, your boy got us into that dumb war, our boy got us out of it, no matter how he did it. And bonehead do us a favor, lay off the SPF 5 and mix in some SPF 100 dude, you are starting to look like a over cooked hot dog.

    August 24, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Peace

    Will he mention how many lives were sacrificed there and the billions if not trillions were spent?

    August 24, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. anotherGDlefty

    Oh Boehnie, you're a riot.

    Go ahead, take as much credit as you want for anything in Iraq. Things are soooooo much better there now for the average Iraqi.....

    Does he mention why it's good to rebuild infrastructure there but in America it's "socialist" and must be stopped.

    Idiots.
    What are the plans besides opposing everything and changing the constitution?

    August 24, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. msg

    Let me take a wild guess as to what he will say:

    "Everything wrong in the entire universe should be blamed on the liberals and the president and blah, blah, blah, blah, BLAH!"

    Yeah...that pretty much SUMS UP the GOP.

    Here is the official GOP Cheer for November:

    BLAME THE LIBERALS and offer no REAL SOLUTIONS other than: VOTE FOR US BECAUSE....uh...WE'RE NOT LIBERAL....TEA PARTY....and such. and er, ummm....LIBERTY! AMERICA!
    YEAH! TRUTH, JUSTICE, and the AMERI-...oh wait, Superman said that...but STILL!

    Is anyone else hearing ANYTHING different? Because I'm not.

    August 24, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Bob, Virginia

    Does anyone care what The Orangeman thinks about anything? To call him a hack would be an insult to hacks.

    August 24, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. C Smith

    Let me guess what he will say: Republicans are always right, and Obama is always wrong. I think rather than focusing on firing the democratic staff, he should fire his speech writer. Seems to be saying the same thing over and over and over......

    August 24, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Dyan, Minnesota

    Careful, Mr. Boehner. If you take the "credit" for things that went right, then you also have to take the "blame" for the things that went wrong. And that includes the lies that got us into the war in the first place. So ask yourself if you are really, really sure before you start claiming credit.

    August 24, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Shawn-GA

    Obama followed the Bush plan to the letter on Iraq, did not veer away from it in any way. He LOVES to take credit for Bush's good ideas, however will only blame Bush for the troubles instead of taking ownership.

    August 24, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. Hawk1

    Bohner you lie. this is the idiot that helped get us in the fix we are in. same same from the party of NO. renew the wealthiest americans tax cut so the working people get poorer and the republican elite get richer. bohner. we have been there and done that. look at the mess the consertives put this country in.

    August 24, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. maggie

    Is this a joke? Boehner is going to talk about Iraq and National Security?

    August 24, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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