August 31st, 2010
01:43 PM ET
4 years ago

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. Marie

    Iraq is not our country. We do not get to gauge whether or not this was a "success." Ask the Iraqis who have been displaced, lost family members, have no electricity, no clean water, no jobs and a country in civil war if they think this was a success.

    August 31, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    So it begs the question: Will the GOP APOLOGIZE to our men and women in uniform for sending them off to die UNNECESSARILY??

    Will they step up to the plate and admit their complicity in what is essentially the MURDER of soldiers and civilians alike?

    You know what you can do with your "surge" Boehner... or do you need a map?

    August 31, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Paul

    Okay so if the GOP gets to take the win on this one becuase they started it, then they take the blame for simply getting us into this, the state of the economy that was handed to the current administratioin, doing nothing about immigration. Got to love this "Only what I say counts, to heck with those who are smart enough to see through us." If this stuff wasnt so disgusting and on the national stage it just might be funny.

    August 31, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Nate

    How hypocritical. Suggesting Obama is claiming credit for the surge when the surge was nothing more than a political ploy to take credit for the sunni awakening and efforts made by the military to reduce violence.

    The surge referred to the idea of sending more troops to Iraq. This was later called the surge strategy in an effort to encompass the Sunni Awakening and the zoning off of conflicting areas which was implemented before the surge troops arrived.

    It is also interesting that Republicans are touting the success of their political strategy while dismissing the repeated failures.

    This war was started in the worst interests of this country. Nothing positive came from it.

    August 31, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. renobill

    In three years or less the bad guys (whoever they are) will be running Iraq, and 99% of the population wont know the difference. What a waste of our youth, wont we ever learn?

    August 31, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Mike from MN

    Is the war in Iraq really over? Not by a long shot ... ask the Iraqi's.

    All the surge did was give the Iraqi gov't more time to get their act together as the Iraqi insurgents regroup and rebuild – but the violence and murders are still abundant. In the meantime, the US is basically just cutting their losses at a time where it is convenient to do so.

    Iraq will be in a state of "falling into a civil war at any moment" for a very long time. As Barack and others have rightfully argued, Iraq's peace and prosperity is not in the hands of US military power. Only the Iraqi people can truly obtain and maintain a long lasting peace.

    August 31, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    Here is where Boner shows his stupidity.

    A huge majority of the people today was against going into Iraq – same as Obama,

    and a huge majority f people wanted this Iraq fiasco to end – which Obama is doing

    Republican mess (as usual), cleaned up by the Democrats (as usual)...

    August 31, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Von Bismark

    They are still to tell the world the real reason for this war. If the oil is worth more than a million iraqi lives and 4000 plus Americans!

    August 31, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Independent for honest change

    I'm glad the combat mission is coming to an end.

    Both parties voted to go to war (YES, THAT INCLUDES DEMOCRATS). Bush took the brunt of the blame, but should also get a majority of the credit for the unpopular surge (obviously, the troops/generals deserve the most credit).

    August 31, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Allen Hussein

    So a chickenhawk like Boehner takes a victory lap for the Iraqi withdrawal that President Obama promised to complete. Will the same chickenhawks ever own up to their responsibility for getting us into this stupid war in the first place? Will the chickenhawks ever take responsibility for the squandering of military resources that could have been used to capture Bin Laden and secure Afghanistan early so we would be leaving that place too?

    August 31, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Gail

    Who gives a crap on who takes credit? We all should thank the Lord that they are coming home. Let us not forget all those who are dead and so many more who were hurt.

    I was on a flight back home and looked up and saw all of these young men and women who were on their way to Afghanistan. Let us not forget to keep them in our prayers. It is hard for them and their families. I personally asked God to cover them all with his grace and mercy and a shield of protection.

    August 31, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA

    ...and the surge???
    ...oh whatever Boner....go cry uncle to someone who cares....

    August 31, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. Uh Oh!!

    oh boener you wanna take credit for good stuff eh..well take credit for the bad too then and admit that (oh i'm not gonna say who it was and let you guess) the repubs messed up the economy. Oh you won't do that...well looks like the president single handedly with the help of dems caused the iraqi success then. oh my and the economy could be coming around soon...uh oh i guess the dems get credit for that to then. Hypocrit Boener

    August 31, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Bostonian123

    What success??? Bankrupting our country on a war based on lies and deceipt, which has made the world a more dangerous and worse place.

    Please repubs, for once, SHUT-UP, the world has seen your true colors and viciousness, and you'll have to deal with God's justice, which is swifter than man.

    August 31, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. masgap

    Sorry these wars are not winnable and worth one scratch on our soldiers. America stop being the policemen of the world. They will hate us no matter what and who cares? Corruption abounds; and our focus should be on us. Vote DEM this Nov. Tell the party of no where to go

    August 31, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Steve in Denver

    Boehner: Nobody but you dillusional neocons claims "credit" for anything in Iraq except ending the war.

    The surge may have worked, in conjunction with millions of dollars in bribes to start the sunni awakening, and perhaps the Iraqis themselves grew tired of killing their fellow citizens.

    The Iraq war, however, is, was, and always will be a disgrace. It is shameful that the president of the united states lied to start a war. It is shameful that, in our cowardly, tail between our legs mood after 9/11, that we could be so easily deceived. It is shameful that such an obvious deception could be purpetrated on a country that once was so proud.

    What I celebrate is that the mission in Iraq is actually ending. I am sure that if we had elected McSame, he would have found a dozen reasons we needed to break the agreement the shrub made and stay there. What I celebrate is that Obama has delivered on yet another campaign promise.

    It is shameful that so many conservatives can be on the national stage with nothing, NOTHING but what the other guy is doing wrong. Your "we don't have any idea, but their way is wrong" mentality ought to have the republicans purged from government, but instead, people listen to you.

    This country is so whipped by fear, we ought to strike the line "home of the brave" from the national anthem. The brave founders who risked life and limb to win independence from the then mightiest country in the world must be turning over in their graves for how easily this cowardly country can be stirred into a frenzy by serial liars (bush, faux news, limbaugh, boehner, etc.) Gotta love the latest "oh my god" non-issue – that we want to impose shira law in the US. Of course, nobody but the serial liars who want to scare us is talking about it, but I guess it is a big secret that all the liberals want to impose it (must be a big secret. This liberal doesn't).

    August 31, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    The surge was a scam,I would stop fighting also if they gave me a thousand dollars a month and two free camels.

    August 31, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. billy

    We'd still have hundreds of thousands of troops in Iraq if it were up to the GOP.

    August 31, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Dan

    Iraqi war was disaster under Rumsfeld. When Bush finally changed strategy it worked and Obama ignored this fact to be elected.....

    August 31, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. A Voting Latina

    1st of all ... Mr. Boehner ... you are NOT A President ... you are not, nor ever will be one of the 44 Commanders in Chief of the United States of America.

    Therefore, you are in NO POSITION to speak on this topic. Perhaps George Bush has some right to do so ... but you don't. Remember your place ... you attention grabbing wanna-be.

    2nd ... don't piss on my leg and tell me it is raining...

    The fact is, we the American people were lied to thwart opposition to this war. We were mislead ... bambozzled ... led astray ... the credibility of a great man, former National Security Advisor, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, was prostituted by the GOP administration to schmooze the country into this conflict.

    Over 30,0000 Americans soldiers are maimed ... legless ... armless ... blind .... have concussive damage from IEDs because of this LIE.

    Over 4,400 Amercian soldiers are DEAD in Iraq, alone, because of this LIE.

    Trillions of American Taxpayer DOLLARS have been wasted because of this LIE. Had we spent that money building housing or educating the poorest Americans, we'd be positioned to outcompete China and India instead of borrowing money from them.

    So before your crow about "victory in Iraq", [something no one could define from 2001 to 2008] you'd do well to have some humility and STFU. Only George Bush has any moral authority to do what you are trying to do ... and even he has the good sense NOT TO GO THERE !

    August 31, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Former Republican - Now Independent

    I believe that the GOP should give proper credit to former Vice-President Dick Cheney for his willingness to repeatedly cower in that infamous "undisclosed location" on more than just a few occasions.

    By doing so, and keeping out of they way of those who actually served in the military (this may or may not include Illinois senate candidate Mark Kirk), Richard B. Cheney did a heck of lot more than these "Revisionist Republicans" from whom we are going to hear so much from during the next 36 hours.

    August 31, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Gary

    Republicans should take complete responsibility for the war and deficit because of it.

    August 31, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Steve in Denver

    There ought to be some honor among politicians. if you voted for the Iraq war, with what we know in 2010, that you will leave politics for having been so easily deceived.

    Blame for the war is surely due to the shrub. If you were in congress in 2002 and voted for the war, you ought to say to yourself that you were so easily deceived by a man who has done nothing but fail his entire life, that you belong nowhere near a position of authority again. Yes, Hillary, an otherwise fine public servant and candidate for President, and a lot of other spineless democrats are in that boat.

    The fact is that there were so many obvious signs of bush's lying about the threat and the saddam-911 connection, that if you fell for it, you ought to be honorable enough to say you enabled the biggest foreign policy disaster ever, and quit running for office (or maybe suicide).

    August 31, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. mike

    Its funny how republicans can claim victory from a war in the last administration but anything to do with the economy has nothing to do with the same administration. According to your logic, Bonehead, any Iraqi success is the doing of Obama because "we don't dwell in the past".

    August 31, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Alexis

    I say let the GOP take credit for the success of a bogus war, we should ask them where's the WMD that we went to in Iraq for?......

    August 31, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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