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. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    But Boenher is a butt - and that's putting it politely. When he speaks, he's just breaking wind.

    August 27, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  2. anthony

    Republicans want credit for the decision to surge, but they forget about the decisions that did not go well, like backing off at Tora Bora (which allowing Bin Laden to escape), starting the war in Iraq (which was not involved in the 9/11 attack), disbanding the Iraqi army (which fueled the insurgency), and neglecting the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan to focus on Iraq (which allowed the people who actually attacked us on 9/11 to recover). They also do not want any blame for the recession, which started under his watch, because Bush is out of office. They instead blame Democrats for the recession, even though Democrats could not do anything because of Bush's veto.

    August 27, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  3. Donnatella

    I am so sick of John Boner, the president didn't even make his speech yet and already he is talking about a rebuttal, this mans jealousy is really showing, the good thing is I know for a fact the he will never be president..

    August 27, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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