August 31st, 2010
01:43 PM ET
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GOP claims Iraqi success despite Obama

Washington (CNN) - In twin speeches laced with heavy doses of "I-told-you-so," Republican leaders in the House and Senate tried to convince voters Tuesday that America's success in Iraq is not because of President Barack Obama, but in spite of him.

"Some leaders who opposed, criticized, and fought tooth-and-nail to stop the surge strategy now proudly claim credit for the results," said House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, in prepared remarks for the American Legion convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

"One lawmaker rejected the idea that the surge would reduce violence in Iraq, saying - and again I'm quoting - 'in fact, I think it will do the reverse.'"

The lawmaker Boehner is referring to is then-Sen. Barack Obama. Boehner aides said he was reluctant to criticize the commander-in-chief by name in front of a roomful of veterans, but insisted it would be clear who he was talking about.

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  1. shoegazer

    And how does one define success? If this mess is regarded as successful,I'll retire to Bedlam.

    August 31, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Shirley in California

    If President Obama gives ANY credit to Bush, I will not vote for him again. Just when I thought the republicans could not get any lower they surprise me. They take the deaths of over 4,500 solders and start a "vote for me" campaign. Their idea of success is:

    lost lives (children who lost their fathers and mothers),
    billions of dollars thrown away (yes, thrown away),
    jobs lost;
    allies lost; and
    an economy is shambles

    and they want your vote. This is an outrage! There is NO winner here. I am just glad (for now) our solders are coming home. I'm sick to my stomach at the actions of these people.

    August 31, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Dan

    Sorry, Boner, but I don't hear Obama claiming any credit for anything. He correctly places the success, such as it is, for a war that was started due to GOP lies, with the men and women in uniform.

    And you spew more GOP lies.

    Guess ol' Boner's gearing up to run in 2012, too.

    August 31, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Donald

    Messege to the gop are u guys going to claim the 4400 dead soldiers and more than 30000 disable also. didnt think so.

    August 31, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Hunter of the lib hunter

    The Orange man can also take credit for the loss of American lives and the wounded soldiers in the name of the Bush doctrine and the republican congressmen who put our troops in harms way to get the man who tried to kill someone's daddy. For the record, the surge would have been useless if not for the millions of dollars we paid to bribe the warring factions of Iraq to step back.

    August 31, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. gt

    what it is .. is what it is... obama and biden both were wrong....just about like everything else they have done,,,, now get those troops home from afganistan,,,,we have lost 12 this wk,,,,

    August 31, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Hunter of the lib hunter

    McCain wanted us there for a hundred years, but we elected a president with common sense.

    August 31, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Well you can take the boy out of the trailer park, but.....

    Orange Glow cannot, and is not interested in shaking off the odor of classlessness, au contraire, he relishes in it. It must remind him of home.

    This whole scenario with Boner acting like a yapping Chihuahua is played out, and typical. The GOP, once again, is responding to a speech that hasn't been made yet. It is easy to put vitriol, and fake bravado BEFORE the facts because the GOP does not occupy the same space as reality.

    They have conveniently chosen to totally ignore the FACT that we should not have waged war against Iraq in the first place. To add insult to injury they have the NERVE to ignore this fact in front of the very men and women that were sent to DIE IN A WAR THAT SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENNED. Thus, disrespecting the memory of the very men and women they "claim" to hold in such high esteem; let alone the untold civilians that were innocently killed by, yes, BUSH.

    Just when you thought they couldn't go any lower, the GOP, with Boner at the helm, continue to prove us wrong.

    August 31, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Soap

    The Senator is telling the truth and this is one time liberals should listen instead of always complaining before they ignore the speech.

    August 31, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Hunter of the lib hunter

    John Boehner is proof that you cannot drink all day unless you start early in the morning. He spent 119 days on a golf course last year, and the rest of the time trying to destroy the middle class. That should get him a job at Fox republican talking points 24/7 after the November elections.

    August 31, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. jay

    The GOP claims success for starting an unjust war and killing thousands of Americans, fits their profile.

    August 31, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. sonny chapman

    Republicans = National Unity. NOT !

    August 31, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Craig

    Ya lets praise those who got us into a illegal war that was for nothing. Good job securing oil at the cost of lives.

    August 31, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Boehner and his Republican followers are very dishonorable and disgraceful knowing our brave military men and women serve only one Commander in Chief at a time and that is President Obama.

    August 31, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. JFS

    The GOP got us there........not sure that they would want take credit for ending one of longest and costly WARS in USA history. The GOP has nothing to offer the American voter in Nov., only negative and divisive TALK.... NO ACTION!!! Just Anti-American..Anti-Government Screams. This Moderate Republican is not being FOOLED or TRICKED by the GOP ever again. No matter how the media tries to reinforce the GOP in order to make an election out of this mess. I a voting ONLY for the Dems or Moderate Independents...NO MORE FALSE ECONOMIES from the Right !!!

    August 31, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. anthony

    This is the difference between Democrats and Republicans. Republicans are claiming success in Iraq, so they are the ones having a victory lap. They refuse to give Democrats any credit for doing the work of actually pulling the troops out. Obama, on the other hand, will not say that the Iraq war was a success. He succeeded in pulling most of our troops out of Iraq, but that does not make the war a success. What have we succeeded in doing in Iraq besides killing more than 4000 of our troops, killing hundred of thousands of Iraqi civilians, and wasting a trillion dollars? Is replacing Saddam with a government that is pro-Iran worth it? If Republicans consider the situation in Iraq a success, it is no wonder they ran our economy into ground when they were in power.

    August 31, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Joan

    As I recall during the primaries before the last election, then Senator Obama was the lone proponent of withdrawing troops from Iraq and came under fire for it. Pres. Bush was not in favour and neither were any of the Republican candidates or Democratic candidates. Then just before the nominations the leaders in Iraq agreed with Sen. Obama and the Bush administration grudgingly went along with it. That was one thing that seemed to put wind at Sen. Obama's back. He has always stood by his principles and has kept his word although most don't give him credit for it. How the Republicans can take pride in their part in an illegal war that almost bankrupt the country, added to hatred of the US around the world and has caused death and injuries to thousands of American troops and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens is beyond me. They should be so ashamed. This war is going to go down in history as one of the biggest black marks in Bush and America's legacy.

    August 31, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Homer

    Senator obama and biden plus the other liberal demorats voted against the surge and said it would not work but would probably makes things worse. They were wrong then and now this administration has been nothing but wrong since they went into the White House. We need a President in 2012 not this pathetic moron we have now.

    August 31, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. June in Chicago

    The GOP did not bring troops home. President Obama did. I don't care what they say – American's know who is responsible for ending this mess and who is responsible for starting it.
    You guys think we are idiots? Get real!

    August 31, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Joe

    I am more than happy to let the GOP take credit for invading a company with no provocation, inventing the myth of WMDs and then totally botching the management of the war once we were in control.

    Lets not forget the cost of this misguided adventure in lives and cash.

    The GOP wanting to take credit for the Iraq was is like the designer of the Titanic taking credit for the smothness of the ride until they hit the ice berg.

    August 31, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Terry in Iowa

    Boehner is despicable and is an enemy of the United States. Had the Bush administration, lead by Darth Vader (Cheney) had not lied to congress and the American people, the surge would have never been needed. Bush, Cheney, McConnell, Boehner and the lot sold out the Constitution for personal profit and the lives of our brave solders. They are despicable. And I want forget what they did, NEVER!

    August 31, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Marie

    Success at what? What exactly was the mission? We still don't have a clear explanation from any of the "supporters" as to why we were there. There was the whole debacle (read "lie") about WMD, but once that was proven to be false, what exactly was the mission? After WMD they never clearly stated it. And don't give me some made-up bunk about "fighting terrorism for 9/11." Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Bin-Laden and Hussein hated each other so there was no "Al Queda in Iraq" until we set up forces there. I want Boehner to talk to the families of the American and Iraqi dead and tell them exactly what the alleged mission was. It could not have been just to dipose Hussein. He was certainly no worse than Kim Jong Ill, but we didn't go into N. Korea.

    August 31, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    There can be no success, in an Islamic country. The religion itself precludes any kind of democratic form of government.

    August 31, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Peace

    Fine republicans we take your words the surge worked. You should also take our words; you ditched the economy, jobs disappeared on your watch thus causing 9.7% suffer til this moment! Deal done.

    August 31, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. Wil in the VA.

    What the hell is their to take credit for over 4000 american lives lost over 30,000 wounded. Mr. tan man you and your fellow republicans did a great job the surge worked now that we remember that let's remember why we went their in the first place iraq had WMD's a lie iraq had something to do with 9-11 a lie now if you want to take credit for the surge take it for the LIE'S as well some thing you guys are good at lying.

    August 31, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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