Boehner warns against 'precipitous withdrawal' from Afghanistan
June 22nd, 2011
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Boehner warns against 'precipitous withdrawal' from Afghanistan

Washington (CNN) – Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday the American public is "a bit weary" about the war in Afghanistan, but warned President Obama against any "precipitous withdrawal" of U.S. forces saying that the country has invested too much at this point.

"Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle reflect the opinions of attitudes of their constituents, and the American people are a bit weary about Afghanistan and you can't blame them," Boehner told reporters Wednesday.

Boehner said the mission in Afghanistan to prevent al Qaeda a safe haven for planning attacks against the U.S is important to continue. "We've got an awful lot invested here. I'm concerned about any precipitous withdrawal of our troops that would jeopardize the success that we've made."

President Obama will unveil his plan for Afghanistan in a primetime address Wednesday, and Boehner noted he doesn't have all the details of the announcement, but said, "If the President listens to the commanders on the ground and our diplomats in the region and makes a decision, I'll be there to support him."


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  1. kierthos

    The plan is to oppose Obama on everything, and not offer up any plans of their own. Because as long as they don't do anything, they can't be doing it wrong.

    June 22, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Brett

    Our nation is headed to fall and collapse just like the Romans. In about 20 or 30 years maybe not even that long other countries will be distributing books about the rise and fall of America.

    June 22, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. John

    John Boehner you don't make no scene at all. You are Complain about what President Obama doing In Libya , where they are no Ground troops and no American Life been wasted. And You Republican can even agree with In your own Party what need to be done. But you want to keeps troop In Afghanistan were American troops are dying very day , and the and the President of Afghanistan and the people don't even want us there In the first Place. Let bring all are troops home from Afghanistan And Iraq and start taking care of American. I think spending 14 or more trillions dollar to find one man Is enough. We find him and we kill Him so now It time To come home. I didn't think America was In the Rebuilding Business. But I guess the Company that Over there and Rebuilding Afghanistan and Iraq the Republican party must be the one that back you. Let quit rebuilding other country and try rebuilding America road and Bridges and other thing.

    June 22, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Jess C

    More mixed messages from the GOP....and to think there are people among us who want them to take back control of the White House? Yikes!

    June 22, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Tulsa

    OUT Right,
    Show me one Republican who has half the cajones the President does. He's got a little on his plate and he understands that change does not come in a big leap, but in steps. What some see as weakness or lack of "guts" is actually a realistic approach to dealing with a Congress that was created to be slow moving.
    It gets upsetting and discouraging but the President is the President of ALL Americans and has to take that into account when crafting policy.
    He is the very opposite of extremism, regardless what his detractors say.

    June 22, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    In a Democracy, when the people have had enough of a war, it's time to end it, regardless of what generals or "diplomats" say.

    June 22, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Limbaugh is a liberal

    So, these creeps demand President Obama justify our minor military involvement in Lybia where we have a definite, clear objective, but are resisiting ending our major operations in Afghanistan where we no longer have any objectives.

    June 22, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Marty

    Republicans are trying to say it is President Obama's war, even though it began under George W. Joe's comments above, are exactly the way I feel on this issue.

    June 22, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. The Clear Thinking Independent Voter

    This is not what a Leader would say.

    Leadership is having a 30,000 ft vision and then being consistent in achieving it. This is what Obama does and Boehner DOES NOT do.

    Mr. Speaker, you can't in one breath be against the President using ZERO ground troops in Libya but be FOR keeping 100,000 troops in Afghanistan.

    The President is an adult. He doesn't need your waffling to cause him to consider all points and make a decision. He needs your leadership -which neither you nor the Republicans in the House are showing right now.

    June 22, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Republican Robber Baron

    Here we go again...the War Hawk party cares more about making a boatload of $$$$$ for their Big money lobbyist constituents than balancing the budget or saving American lives. Boener only cares about making some more spare jet engines that nobody needs and nobody even asked for so he can get some free golf games or drinks/cigarettes from his military-industrial complex buddies.

    June 22, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Quickly withdrawing too many troops will expose the thousands remaining if the Afghans aren't ready to fill the gap. This was announced for political reasons when he announced the surge and is now being done for Obama's political reasons. He needs to do this to keep his anti-war liberal/progressive base. His abysmal handling of the economy has left him little to run on. This decision has nothing to do with what is happening on the ground or national security objectives.

    June 22, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Weeper of the House Bonner, which one of your big money lobbyists wants the war to continue and how much money did they give you this time? America is still waiting to hear Speaker Bonner actually tell the truth for a change instead of just blocking the President no matter what he says or does. If you listen to Weeper of the House Bonner, the president has not done one thing right, Really!?! The only thing that Bonner knows is who has the money in Washington to line his pockets.

    June 22, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Okie

    Jobs, Jobs, Jobs are what the American need. Do we have to have a meltdown to see this? People losing homes. Black unemployment is 16 percent and higher. We need national work programs with each state like the WPA or something. The people who will complain already have jobs, and are connected some way with government. Trickle Down doesn't work.

    June 22, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Joan

    If the American people have learned nothing else about this President, it should be noted that he is extremely intelligent, thoughtful, gutsy and he looks at the long range effects not just short-term political gain. He obviously knows that he has to start a draw-down but he can't do it so quickly that it endangers the troops still there. It has to be done thoughtfully and carefully. He didn't start either the Iraq or Afghanistan wars but has to clean them up and for that the Republicans have the nerve to criticize him. As far as Libya goes, many Republicans wanted the US in there on their own immediately and now they want to pull support from NATO. That is going to go over well in the international community. Right now I don't trust anyone else but President Obama to make these important decisions. He is definitely the adult in the room.

    June 22, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. furious styles

    What Boehner really means is that he and his buddies won't be making as much money off the war once the troops start coming home.

    June 22, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. BinFL

    The Republicans go against President Obama no matter what he does. It is just so blatantly obvious. They scream that he isn't helping the Libyan people and not moving quickly enough, then they scream because he went in (after making sure the Americans were out for their safety), now he's breaking the War Powers Act for not getting Congress' approval which is total bunk in that they knew he was going in just as they were calling for him to. With Afghanistan, just another example how the Repub party are total hypocrites. Who would have thought that they would be against the continuation of any war conflict? Now that our President is fulfilling his promise to start ending the war, the Repubs are going to question his every move – so what's new!

    June 22, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. J

    What does BOehNER know about withdrawing?

    June 22, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Al-NY,NY

    10,000 "not enough' 30,000 "too many" These GOP'ers couldn't be more two-faced. As mentioned above, whatever Obama does, it's wrong. The Man from Tan and his minions will do whatever they can to drag the country down (after spouting "jobs") so they can claim it's all Obamas fault when they have done NOTHING to help the country...only their rich donors

    June 22, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. ted

    The GOP is a bunch of flip floppers. I am tired of their baloney and the American people are also. The seven musketeers that debated in New Hampshire last week are all morons. Who in their right mind would vote for any of them?

    I think we need to get out of both Iraq and Afghanistan on a careful basis, but get out. The money spent over in those two countries woudl be better spent protecting medicare/medicaid/social security as well as investing in infrastructure that will create jobs. That is a Democratic way to do it. Of course Boner and McClownell will want to give more tax breaks, subsidies and entitlements to the whiny milionaires and corporations and NOT CREATE JOBS.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    June 22, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. LovesIrony

    Can't we just give them a coupon to buy a non corrupt government?

    June 22, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    We just never know what these party of hell no rethugs / tea baggers want but we can rest assured that whatever the President does they will scream that it's wrong.
    I want the Presiednt and the Democrats in congress to grow a pair and stop pandering to these traitors to the US. The rethugs are a bunch of liars nd cheaters but they stand behind their sinners regardless of the sin.
    It's about time the Democrats stop babying these aholes!!! You don't have to lie just do what is right for the countrybecause in the end that is what is what really matters to the middle class and the poor who are getting screwed every step of the way!!!

    June 22, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. AEJ

    Remember the Republicans have a lot to lose in not getting money from defense contractors. They are in lock step and barrel with these contractors.

    June 22, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. mike

    this guy is playing both ends to the middle. Isnt he the idiot who made sure all members voted yea on Ryans Healthcare bill to more or less drop medicare

    June 22, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Coach Lew asked:
    Can somebody tell me exactly what we are investing IN with Afghanistan?
    ==========================================================
    One cynical explanation says that we are providing security for the Chinese as they mine country's copper and other mineral deposits in the mountains. The Chinese are making a tidy profit mining stuff. Seeing how the Chinese are footing the bill for the war, it seems they are getting their money's worth. It will be interesting to see how this works out if and when the US does pull out. Smart money says the Chinese will be in there next trying to maintain security. That would mean the Chinese would have far less reason to loan to the US.

    June 22, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What say you Boo-Hoo that you stick to the job that you were brought on board to do that being getting us JOBS, and you let the President of the United States of All Americans do the job that he was hired to do and has been doing quite well without your uninformed input?

    June 22, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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