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. Sam

    And if we had taken Obama's advice from the beginning, we wouldn't have invaded Iraq in the first place.

    August 24, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    wonder is ol' Bohner will give the president any credit for doing what he promised to do as far as pulling the troops out of Iraq just when he said he would? NAH!! that sounds TOO much like saying Obama did something right and NO GOPer can say that, at least not until after election day.

    August 24, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. bret

    Could this have anything to do with the iraqi dinar?

    August 24, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Lucullus

    We would have left the country in chaos?!?!?! Don't look now Boner but Iraq is already in chaos. Invading a country, destroying it's infrastructure and killing over a million of it's citizens is not conducive to a smooth running society. But then again what would Boner know? He's a Republican and with the exception of a very small few, like MacCane, Republicans wouldn't be caught dead serving their country in uniform or fighting in a war

    August 24, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. chad

    "because of republicans, iraq is now agreat place to go tanning!"

    August 24, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Jon in Rochester NY

    What a joke! I hope that Boehner also gives credit to the people who got us into the war in the first place using lies and false pretense..

    August 24, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Arlene, Illinois

    Is Boehner going to remind us that we lost over 4000
    Great American soldiers in Iraq?

    August 24, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Ryan

    Will there be a big banner for this speech too behind him that reads "Mission Accomplished...MORE!"

    I can't believe anyone even listens to this Cheeto.

    Oh wait, Cheetos are less orange...

    August 24, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Al

    The surge may have "worked" up until now. The violence did decrease, but there's an old saying "You don't change a man's thinking because you've silenced him". Iraq is still full of hatred.

    August 24, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. independent minds want to know

    First of all, BOTH PARTIES got us into the war (democrats love to wash their hand of the war, but...).

    Second, the surge that the democrats opposed is the reason that everything has gone as well as it has. Surge = GOP/Bush

    Third, even Bush predicted that we'd be leaving in 2011.

    So, the Obama administration should give credit where credit is due–Bush administration and the military.

    August 24, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Dal from CA

    A war that should have never been waged. The billions spent on this war would have helped the economy of USA. All those lives lost.
    Was it all worth the war waged by BUSH.

    August 24, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Superhiro

    Boehner?... A Major speech?.... heh...haha...hahahahah...hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. CNN that's funny. You should do standup.

    August 24, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. GL

    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."

    But if the Republicans had their way we will still in fighting a war that never should have happen.

    August 24, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Keep It Real

    Boehner, who dat?

    August 24, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Phil in KC

    Typical Boehner politics. If it's to their benefit, then they want the past administration take all the credit. If it is to their detriment, then they cry foul and want to put all the blame on the current administration.
    If Bush hadn't gotten us into this war in the first place, there would have been no need for a 'surge', no need for Obama to have an Iraqi exit strategy and we would be planning our exit from Afghanistan.

    August 24, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. warren22

    There is no clear evidence that Boehner speaks English. Being able to memorize a few slogans is not enough evidence for me.

    August 24, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Bill H

    Hey therealslimshady: obviously yes, otherwise the right-wing wouldn't exist, never mind be popular.

    August 24, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. lil

    A vote for republicans is a vote for war and more tax cuts for the most wealthy instead of trying to pay down the debt and keep right on saying no to jobs for the unemployed. They will keep saying that people are not working because the are lazy while saying Oboma havent created any jobs.
    They lie about everything and you know it.

    August 24, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. leanderjim

    Excuse me, but with no Bush invasion in the first place, there would have been no surge, and no 5,000 dead young Americans, who died for NOTHING...........thank you Mr. Boehner, if you are going to take credit for the surge, then take credit for the whole stupid war. Sure, let's put the repugs back in, no telling who they will invade then.

    August 24, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. jay in denver

    He will say Obama cut and run, blah, blah, Support the Troops blah, blah, Extend the Bush Tax Cuts, blah, blah, Purple Fingers, blah, blah.

    Rage, rage against the lying of the Right.

    August 24, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. ETM

    Well, Iraq is probably a good place for a sun tan. Maybe he will speak about that.

    August 24, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Ron in Califonia

    Say what you will but he is right both Obama and Biden opposed the surge strategy. You can blame Bush all you wish but the fact is hat we are there and the way we are getting out has risk. I don' want to see our troops in harms way but if you leave the job half done you'll be back again. This is no Viet Nam, it is 100 times worse due to the Fundamental Islamic Jihadist wo know no boundries. Finish the job!

    August 24, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. GonzoinHouston

    "troops and surge should get the credit"

    No mention of Gen. Petraus making major changes in tactics. His tactics, incidentally, were opposed for 4 years by the administration.

    August 24, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Jilli

    I doubt boehner even knows what's going on. It'll be a nonstop whinefest, nothing more. He's pathetic.

    August 24, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. The reality is...

    Ted – the decision to go to war was bi-partisan and they all had the same info regarding the situation.

    Laverne – Obama is the most divisive President we have ever had. Obama is not getting us out of Iraq any sooner than Bush would have AND our troops will STILL be there indefinitely. Do some research.

    therealslimshady – "troops and the surge" rightly so do get the credit and the economy is the responsibility of both parties BUT Obama and Democrats have had more than enough time to find solutions but can't figure it out so can only continue to play the blame game like you.

    Adalbert – what on earth are Iraqi gulf courses – is that something Obama plays golf on???

    August 24, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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