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. Anthony


    You are unbelievable. As Obama is about to announce a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, you warn against a precipitous withdrawal. Since when has Obama done anything precipitous? It took him over a month to get into Libya. He took so long that Republicans were criticizing him for waiting too long. While Obama wants to keep support our allies in Libya without sending in ground troops, you want to cut off funding. Maintaining ground troops in Afghanistan costs far more per day than providing air support in Libya. Please, get your act together and do something positive for our country.

    June 22, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Marry

    @ Republicans – The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party, Sniffit, Rudy NYC, KyleIM, Dominican mama 4 Obama, KC
    and many more that are commenting – so glad to see all of you are here with thoughtful comments and really good points. Thank you, it is fun to read something that makes sense! What do you think – should we visit the Foxx News, the RNC and there are sure a few more “right” blogs to let them know a thing or two? They need all the help they can get – but then, if they wanted, they could pick up a few points themselves.

    June 22, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Lolo

    The Republicans are nothing but flip-floppers. They agree on which ever way the wind blows. They are a bunch of liars. Their main goal is to get the balck man out of the white house and the only way to do it is not agree with him on anything because of his race. America is really in a sad place. After al of these years you would think that racism is less noticable, but because of their attitudes it will never hange and their party will surely regret the descisions they have made in the past couple of years since President Obama was elected. Now they are bringing out the clowns to defeat him on every level. They are making sure that their tin foil counter parts believe all of the crap they are spewing and they are buying it. For all voters vote using your hearts and minds. We do not need anothr idiot running this country. Bush's two terms almost ruined America. Yet they still want to push dummies on us. We as Americans are not buying it. Look at M. Bachmann, this lady is getting paid by the tax payers on all levels, her career, her foster childre (23) and agriculture subsidies, but she yells for smaller government. President Obama just needs to keep doing what he is doing and look over these granola nuts.

    June 22, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Okie

    Stop the nation building. You cannot Westernize their religion. Their religion is their life. It's been tried and failed many times before. Withdraw. America needs Jobs Stupid.

    June 22, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. logic in LA

    Democrat- "the sun is shines light" Republicans- " no it doesn't" Democrats – Tomorrow will come- Republicans "no it won't"
    Why is it- no matter what is said the Republicans disagree? The other side isn't any better.

    June 22, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Phil in KC

    So, on the one hand, you have Republicans who say we should be out of Afghanistan altogether. Then, on the other, you have Boehner who complains that we're withdrawing too many. These guys need to make up their minds what they want. Right now, they appear to the party of no – whatever Obama says, they go in the opposite direction.

    June 22, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Chipster

    @Coach Lew "...what we are investing IN with Afghanistan?" Coach, what we were supposed to be investing in – pursuing the people who attacked us on 9/11 !!! Do you remember that at all? We were pursuing Al Qaeda and Bin Laden. Bush diverted resources from Toro Boro, allowing Bin Laden to slip through our hands! So, we had the additional expense of pursuing him into Pakistan, plus the unnecessary cost of the War of Obsession in Irag. President Obama focused on Bin Laden and now he is dead, along with other leaders of Al Qaeda. Does any of that ring a bell? Look up 9/11 and see if it rings any bells!

    June 22, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Squigman

    Question for Mr. Boehner. Do you personally have skin in the game? If not, shut the hell up, and go to the tanning booth. Smoke a square, and chill. You're a joke.

    June 22, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs want America to fail!

    "Boehner warns against "things that make President Obama more popular."

    There you go, CNN. Not only did I fix your headline; you can also reuse it over and over and over for the next year.

    June 22, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. keeth in cali

    The same words Dick Cheney kept using.

    June 22, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Senior Citizen

    What happened to the GOP running on jobs?? Haven't heard anything since they were elected except trying to put American women in burkas and back to the last century, doing away with Medicare as we know it as well as Social Security. All the Republicans must have allot of investments in Hallaburton and companies like them to want to continue in these unjustified wars. Bring our troops home NOW. They're so worried about the debt and yet it's ok to continue in wars that will get us nothing in the end except more dead American troops.

    June 22, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. GOP Tea Party Is Selling America to China and India at Low Bottom Wages

    Everyone one of the GOP presidential candidates in the last debate wanted the US to withdraw immediately or seemingly abdicated that responsibity to our military commanders since they do not have a back bone like President Obama who killed Osama!
    They also wanted to the US to attack Libya and get rid of Ghadaffi immediately....considering his evil acts on the lockerbie bombing & his killing of Americans!

    Now crybaby John Boehner & his GOP wussies are singing a different more withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, and he wants to pass a bill to end the war in get rid of Ghadaffi!!!

    A GOP-Tea Party complete turn-around in 24hours!!!!!

    June 22, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Alan

    Solution – have the top 2% of the wealthy that Boehner and his Republican croonies have created eliminating the middle class, with all their tax cut money be FORCED to fund or put their money where their mouths are. The Speaker just doesn't get it, because of his parties 'investment' a decade ago, families are homeless and without health care, children can't attend school because their teachers have been FIRED and there are NO JOBS left in the Aerospace Industry that pay decent wages, only the Taco-Bell and Wallmart (pay lower wages to Women, NO THANKS to Big Business supported Supreme Court).

    Mr. Speaker, please SHUT UP. America is now caught between your mouth and an OJT President (#2 after Bush) with only mad men and women offered up by the Republicans to chose from in 2012. CNN ran Hillary broke by cramming Obama down our throats. Fox is doing the same now with the '8" soon to be 9 Wonders of the Republican party.

    and here I'm praying for Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, proven true leaders in Industry to either be allowed for us to 'write-in' or remembering a movie long ago...let America write in 'NONE OF THE ABOVE' in 2012.

    GET OUT OF AFGANISTAN, IRAQ and LIBYA NOW say American's and I can promise you this..whomever 'votes' in Congress for anything to continue this WILL BE VOTED OUT come next November and those who aren't up for election then WILL BE VOTED OUT in 2014 – and you can take that to the Bank Ms. Bachmann, cash the check, and know that the American Public is wise to the lie's, fancy phrases, and dysfunctional Washington D.C bureaucrats which you are a part of. DAM TIRED of every 4 yrs out of one side of the Republican mouth saying the other party has run us into DEBT and in this article's case The Speaker is speaking out the other side of his mouth saying 'don't leave' let's spend more money 'other nation build'.

    June 22, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. bcrunner

    A week or so ago I heard on some conservative radio show (don't recall which as I was channel surfing) that the Republicans have introduced several jobs legislaltions. And they were blasting the Democrats for saying they have not. Has anyone heard of them? and, what kind of legislation?? I am curious...

    June 22, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. GOP Tea Party Is Selling America to China and India at Low Bottom Wages

    this is the GOP Tea Party IDIOTs saying "NO" from both sides of their mouths!!!.....Huntsmann say WITHDRAW MORE troops IMMEDIATELY because he knew President Obama would withdraw troops at a gradual pace....and now Bohner is now saying DONT WITHDRAW all troops IMMEDIATELY because the president is going to withdraw troops regardless of what this bonehead is saying!

    Bottomline, No troops withdrawal or more troops withdrawal?...the GOP IDIOTs can't seem to figure out the appropriate "NO" response on this one. LOL

    June 22, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Bill from GA

    Who'd thunk it?? Me and Boner agreeing!!

    June 22, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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