Boehner says president must clarify U.S. military operations
June 2nd, 2011
02:23 PM ET
11 years ago

Boehner says president must clarify U.S. military operations

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner criticized President Barack Obama Thursday for not laying out a clear mission for U.S. military operations overseas and, at a time when Congress is struggling to make significant spending cuts, said the president owes the American people some answers.

"I really do believe that the president needs to speak out in terms of our mission in Afghanistan, our mission in Iraq, our mission in Libya and the doubts that our members have, frankly, are reflected, they're reflecting what they're hearing from their constituents," Boehner told reporters at his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.

Boehner echoed concerns raised by rank-and-file House Republicans at a closed meeting on Wednesday –criticism the president is not spelling out what they think is a coherent explanation of the U.S. role in Libya.

"I said several weeks ago, our members are a bit weary about the amount of money we've spent in Iraq and in Afghanistan and that we're spending in Libya and as a result, really are wondering what's our vital national security interest there?" Boehner asked.

GOP members, openly frustrated with the Obama administration, told leaders they were willing to back a resolution sponsored by Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich that calls for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the NATO-led military operation in Libya, potentially putting the U.S. military in an awkward position by not having congressional support while conducting missions there.

Kucinich told reporters Wednesday he is confident he has a bipartisan majority backing his resolution because members of both parties don't believe the president had the authority to approve the Libya military mission without consulting Congress.

When GOP leaders realized Kucinich's resolution could pass, they pulled the bill from floor consideration and scheduled another meeting for Thursday to talk about Libya. Republican leadership aides said House GOP leaders will discuss Kucinich's resolution and other resolutions offered by House Republicans that would put Congress on record disapproving Obama's actions on Libya. These aides expect the House will vote Friday on at least one measure regarding the African country.

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. a in austin

    Who put us in Iraq and Afghanistan without paying for it? Why pull a vote off the floor if you know it's going to pass? Who's leading the house? Where are the JOBS?

    June 2, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    See what happens when you put Republicans in power. Nothing.

    June 2, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Give me a break this from a man who had no questions or concerns when Bush spent like a drunk sailor and when he lied to the American people about weapons of mass destruction, really we are now supposed to take him seriously!!

    June 2, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Anthony

    The House writes the actual budget. Go ahead, Republicans. If you want to cut spending, explain what you want to cut.

    June 2, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    And while they fiddle, Rome burns. The ONLY legislation they should be considering is whether to authorize the Libya activities under the War Powers Act or not. If they do, they continue. If they don't, the troops get pulled. Period. That's called being serious and and adult and making leadership decisions. Instead, every one of these jackholes wants to avoid and skirt the issue with meaningless wang-waving politically symbolic statements of approval or disapproval. Hey Congress: STFU.

    June 2, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    our members are a bit weary about the amount of money we've spent in Iraq and in Afghanistan
    NOW you're a "little weary" about the money we've spent in Iraq? Really? Now? Just a "little"?
    Go cry in your drink Boehner, you're good for nothing but being a puppet on a string for soooo many industries and lobbyists you don't know what you're saying, when you said it, who you're talking to, nor who you are.

    June 2, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. maf

    . . . and everyone should criticize Boehner and the GOP for their inability to concentrate on JOBS!!!
    One of the greatest bait and switch strategies in modern times. 2012 can't come fast enough.
    The seniors of America are going to sweep the GObP out of office.

    June 2, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    We were asking same question from 2004 but 2004 to 2006 same John Boehner said people asking the questions un-American and question our patriotism

    Obama killed Osama Bin Laden what else Boehner wants ?

    June 2, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    the doubts that our members have, frankly, are reflected, they're reflecting what they're hearing from their constituents," Boehner told reporters
    What they are hearing from their constituents and turning a deaf ear to is : WHERE ARE THE JOBS YOU PROMISED US?????

    June 2, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. John

    Just a second Mr John Boehner It was You Republican that has Us In Afghanistan and Iraq for the last ten years or more. So don't go Blame it on President Obama. How do you think America got I This dept In the first place. You Republican spending About 14 Trillions Dollars on these two wars over the last ten years. And the thing Is you Republican don't want us to leave now. So Mr John Boehner you are all way lying just like all Republican and Tea party do. So If YOU ARE REAL WORRY ABOUT SAVING SOME MONEY , WHY DON"T YOU REPUBLICAN VOTE FOR US TO LEAVE THESE TWO WARS NOW as of Tomorrow. That right there would save Trillions of dollars and American life. They don't want us there In the first Place. So you need to act on this Or shut up.

    June 2, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Dal From California

    Where was Boehner 3 years ago when the last President was saying we will stay there till cows come home.

    June 2, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. T

    He is a clown.........trying to get of course to confuse the America People.......but its not going to work this time.
    TIME OUT.....Ohio get him out of there........

    June 2, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. John

    John Boehner You have to be the worst Speaker of the House they have ever been. You no more care about the American People , Than carter us peanuts.

    June 2, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Kathy

    Boehner where are the JOBS???? You ran on creating jobs but I have yet to see any bills presented. Are you just lying through your oragned stained face?????

    June 2, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Auntie Depressant

    Yes please! No more war involvment! Please help our OWN country!

    June 2, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Indy

    Boehner needs to clarify why he lies to every American when he campaigned on jobs and has yet to create one job.Quit the crying and start clarifying Boehner !

    June 2, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    They make me sick - eight years of six-gun, swaggering braggart with no idea what he was doing, NOW they DEMAND??? I guess they FINALLY recognize what we have recognized for years.


    June 2, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |

    These anklebiting wingnuts better come up with some jobs soon. President Obama should beat them over the head with that and killing Medicare.

    June 2, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. gt

    its past time to get our troops more waste... no more death ... americans are sick of these wars ...

    June 2, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. Randy

    Where was this hypocrite when Bush & Cheney were doing whatever they wanted in Iraq?

    June 2, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    One branch of our government has been rendered dysfunctional.

    June 2, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. al in memphis

    Now when Bush was there, it was America supports the fight against terrorism. With Obama, it why are we still there as if this administration started the war. Only months ago while Obama was building a coalition to take the lead on Libya, they were complaining Obama was acting fact enough- now it like why have we been there so long.

    June 2, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. Laverne

    John Boehner is the worst house speaker in history and he is the one who is INEFFECTIVE and just trying to divert attention away from hot topic issues, I can't stand this man!

    June 2, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. a6102658

    Boehner: "I said several weeks ago, our members are a bit weary about the amount of money we've spent in Iraq and in Afghanistan and that we're spending in Libya"
    Wow...Just Wow...all of the sudden we are spending too much money in the wars, Bush had an open bottomless Credit Card, everything he wanted, he got.

    June 2, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. EddyL

    YO BONER. SHUT THE HELL UP. Remember Bush?

    June 2, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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