August 27th, 2010
04:25 AM ET
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House GOP leader to make 'prebuttal' on upcoming Obama speech

(CNN) – House Republican leader John Boehner on Friday will start to lay out a "prebuttal" to President Barack Obama's upcoming speech on Iraq.

Obama is expected to deliver a major address on Iraq from the Oval Office on Tuesday night.

A senior aide to Boehner said that they are releasing a Web video and an op-ed Friday that argue that the surge of troops in Iraq succeeded despite opposition to Obama and other leading Democrats.

The video gives credit where credit is due - to the troops and the surge, the aide said.

It also recounts public statements from Obama, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, who questioned the surge, the aide said.

Boehner will also have an op-ed in conservative news site Human Events on Friday.

"Then-Sen. Barack Obama, who campaigned on his opposition to the Iraq war, flatly declared that the troop surge would not work," Boehner says in the editorial.

Boehner says that at the time, Obama said: "I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse."

The president's speech is at 8 p.m. ET and will last about 15 minutes.

Obama's remarks will also touch on Afghanistan and the broader war against terrorism, the White House said.

The Tuesday speech is timed to coincide with the official end of the U.S. military's combat mission in Iraq.

The total number of U.S. troops in Iraq has now fallen below 50,000 - the lowest level since the U.S-led invasion in 2003.

The remaining American troops will train, assist and advise the Iraqis.


Filed under: Iraq • issues • John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Rowe

    A "prebuttal?"

    So...they've already prepared a criticism of a speech that Obama hasn't even MADE yet. They just figure WHATEVER he says is going to be wrong.

    What further proof do you need that the GOP is nothing more than the party of NO, composed of immature, foot-stomping, petulant children bent on obstructionism. In 2008 the American people decided to let another party govern. The Republicans don't accept that, and have been doing everything in their power to make sure they can't. Success of the party comes first, success of the country second.

    August 27, 2010 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  2. Dale

    He would gain credibility if he just admited that it was stupid to go there in the first place.

    August 27, 2010 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  3. Von Bismark-Vienna

    Can Congressman Boehner tell the world what this war has accomplished apart from 4000+ Americans and millions of Iraqi sent prematurely to their graves?

    August 27, 2010 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  4. jules sand-perkins

    Of course Boehner is right.
    Anybody who is willing to think knows that our leaving a military action without running with white flags to hovering helicopters is the result of power, not of then-Senator Obama's reluctance to use power in Iraq.
    What a wimp!

    August 27, 2010 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    This teleprompter adventure Tuesday night is just a campaign speech: listen to it that way.
    If you got your "check" this month, you can vote for President Obama again.
    If you would prefer to work for your check, vote for somebody else.

    August 27, 2010 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  6. Dixon

    I guess the violence has ended in Iraq? I tyhink I have heard that from the Republicans in the past. Remember, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" and how accurate that was. That banner alone cause who knows how many attacks on our troops. Now this nut Boehner wants to take credit for a victory? We should have never been there in the begining. I am so happy to be bringing our troops home even though the country of Iraq has a long way to go. Boehner only has talking points in his speaches. NEVER ANY SUBSTANCE. Get back in the tanning booth Boehner, the country will do much better if you just stay there.

    August 27, 2010 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  7. Marie MD

    Even with a prepbuttal the boner is still from the party of NO and has no solutions or ideas!

    August 27, 2010 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  8. Dano

    Attacking anything President Obama says or does, before he even says or does it, is all Boner and the GOP have to offer. How about telling Americans your ideas on how to fix our problems rather than just shouting "whatever Obama does is wrong!"?

    August 27, 2010 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  9. Cheryl

    So easy to start wars so hard to end them and clean up others messes. The price tag of $ and blood. Was it worth it to you John?

    August 27, 2010 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  10. dont care what you say

    to bad obama cant keep ANY promises on jobs but he can sure go on vacation and spend tax payer dollars, I guess thats his spread the wealth phylosophy and just like him. Maybe he should go sit on the corner and have a colt 45 malt liquor with his welfare boys while the whites suffer trying to keep our houses. VOTE HIM OUT

    August 27, 2010 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  11. southern cousin

    Thank you Congressman Boehner, we know we won't get the truth from the idiot in the White House on anything. Everybody just sit back and enjoy this "summer of prosperity."

    August 27, 2010 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It was when Obama was in the IL State Senate that he started his opposition to the Iraq conflict. When he was elected to the US Senate was after the war started. The US went there with wrong information and intentions. The planners never forsaw some easy consquences of what might happen - the surge of Iranian influence and power. If they had even thought of how the overthrow of the Saddam would have changed the dynamics of the area, then we would never have gone.

    August 27, 2010 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  13. barry

    President Obama should have never entered into the Iraq speech. He didn't support it they have the tapes to prove it. Anything he says on this will cost Democrat candidates in Nov. Who is advising on these terrible decisions? Are we trying to lose here? It doesn't make sense. Just like leaving Biden out on the trail to do the whole stimulus summer recovery gig. The economy is worse than ever. Unemployment numbers are terrible. Dow below 10,000 and we want to talk about Iraq and the Stimulus. President Obama needs to have President Clinton as a advisor right now. President Clinton would advise ending this ignorance quickly.

    August 27, 2010 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  14. Dawn Ada, OH

    Instead of allowing America to bask in the fact that we are now only currently involved in 1 combat mission, Boehner is going to use this moment to try and disparage our President. Wow missing a moment to actually look anything other than caddy and political.........what a moron. I hope the President changes it up and uses this form to talk about freedom of religion and the bigotry that is being spread by the Republican Party. That would be a nice chess move on the President's part. Check Mate!

    August 27, 2010 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  15. mike

    Of course the tan man is not going to say anything to credit Obama I find it interesting that this idiot has no clue how to get americans back to work except to give more money to the wealthy at the american voters expense if they were expected to create jobs with that money then were are the jobs they had eight years to show it SHOW ME THE JOBS TAN MAN

    August 27, 2010 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  16. Allen in Hartwell GA

    I can't speak for everyone who did not support the Iraq invasion, but I don't have a problem with the effort of our troops. I just have a problem with what they were asked to do.
    I was in the military for 22 years and know that if the military is ordered to stop the flow of the Niagara Falls, from the bottom, they would go in and do their best...and never succeed. This is basically what they were ordered to do in Iraq.
    When you have two groups that hate each other as the Shiites and the Sunnis do, you can't put them in a room together and expect them to get along. You either give them a common enemy (the USA?) or allow the strongest to prevail. That's where we went wrong.

    August 27, 2010 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  17. anagram_kid

    What is the purpose of this video and statement? We need opposing voices in Washington, but to constantly disagree for the sake of disagreement is not going to create jobs, forge new directions for our country and economy or solve any of the myriad of problems we are facing. Problems, I might add that Boehner was party to creating. When will the Republican leadership start offering actual solutions?

    August 27, 2010 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  18. USA 1

    The GOP was incompetent the last time they were in charge. What makes anyone think it will be different this time? This is a party that DOES NOT BELIEVE in our government! They want our government to fail! When they get elected they screw up on purpose so the American people will believe them, lose faith, and lose confidence in our government as well! They are a self-fulfilling prophesy! They have certainly hoodwinked a large chunk of the people in this country!

    August 27, 2010 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  19. Keith in Austin

    It will be a laugh watching Bozo try to give himself the credit for ending the war in Iraq! His political deception knows no bounds. Concurrently, Biden is runnung all our the Country telling folks that the moronic Stimulous Plan is working! The People aren't buying Liberal BS any longer!

    August 27, 2010 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  20. pc

    what gaul the republicans have. they say no to helping americans that are out of work but praise bush for spending millions in a country that did nothing to hurt us.repubs are all about sending our children to die for a fake cause but yet turn their backs on hungry kids in america.
    god help us if this group of war-mungers regain power in america.
    for the life of me i can not understand why any american would vote to let the last eight years be relived all over again. when the middle class dies out like the gop wants, then who will be left to take care of the rich man? i just don't see it!

    August 27, 2010 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  21. american

    criticizing a president during war time is treason.

    August 27, 2010 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  22. tonyb

    more noise from John Bonehead....

    August 27, 2010 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  23. JonDie

    Boehner is an ENEMY of the United States. What a disgrace!

    August 27, 2010 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  24. MEL

    This was in Iraq was not suppose to have taken place. It was a prefabricated war by Chenney and Bush. Boenher representing the party of NO.

    August 27, 2010 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  25. Mitch

    Um....70 people killed in the past week...how'd that surge work out Orange Boy?

    August 27, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
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