Boehner calls alleged Iran terror plot 'serious breach of international behavior'
October 12th, 2011
03:40 PM ET
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Boehner calls alleged Iran terror plot 'serious breach of international behavior'

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday called the alleged Iranian terror plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States on American soil "a serious breach of international behavior."

Boehner condemned the plan that U.S. government officials described Tuesday and called on the Obama administration to respond.

"I would hope that our administration would hold the Iranian government - hold their feet to the fire over the actions that, that have been alleged in this complaint," Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill.

But when pressed on what specific actions the U.S. should take, Boehner declined to answer, saying only of those said to be responsible, "I'm hopeful that the administration will hold them accountable for their actions."

Earlier Wednesday Vice President Joe Biden said on the CBS Early Show that U.S. response could move beyond diplomatic sanctions, but said "we're not going there yet."

Biden stressed that the U.S. was reaching out to other nations to decide on the next steps.

"We are going to be working with the rest of the international community to decide what steps to take next. It's critically important that we unite the world in the isolation of and dealing with the Iranians."

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Martha in CF

    Boehner, you dope, the Obama administration has responded. They have responded to terrorism far more than the redumblicans have...................
    Go sit in your corner and fester.

    Obama 2012

    October 12, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Paqrat137

    Typical Boehner response to every thing:
    "But when pressed on what specific actions the U.S. should take, Boehner declined to answer, saying only of those said to be responsible, "I'm hopeful that the administration will hold them accountable for their actions.""
    Typical – no plan, no idea, just empty words – and I am sure no matter what the administration does, you'll find Boehner out there saying it was wrong!

    October 12, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Bill

    I am surprised he is not blaming the Obama administration for something. Who cares what the soon-to-be ex-speaker thinks?

    October 12, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. B

    Mr. Boehner, where is Your Jobs Bill?

    Idiot

    October 12, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. DIANA

    Good answer Boehner – what should we do? I don't know. Under this Presidency we've avoided attacks as well as good relations with the rest of the world. If it were up to the Republican's they'd start Bombing Iran. Remember McCain's answer – Bomb, bomb, Iran, (to the tune of the Beach Boy's song).

    October 12, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. jorge washinsen

    That is what I just said. Must be an echo in here.

    October 12, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Doc M

    Shut the hell up, Boehner. We are sick of your grandstanding and all the GOP "do nothing" chatter. Get something done for a change...what about those jobs you promised? Got the votes, but, as usual, didn't deliver. We certainly have foolish voters in this country.

    October 12, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Steve in Denver

    As usual. I don't know what to do, but Obama is wrong. I'm so tired of the man of orange only criticizing. Do you realize that you are th Speaker of the House? You have a F*ing job to do, LEAD. Since all you'll do is criticize, get out of the way. Maybe paul ryan ought to be speaker. I don't like his policies, but at least he has guts enough to propose something.

    October 12, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Big Al

    We wont do anything to Iran, we are scared of them. Congratulations Ajad! You keep stepping on us and we run away. Guess you will continue to kill American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and we will just turn the other way.

    Thank you George W. Bush for attacking the wrong country.

    October 12, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. LovesIrony

    "a serious breach of international behavior." Thanks for stating the obvious. No wonder you are speaker of the house, such insight. Where are the jobs?

    October 12, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. thomas

    Shut up Boehner !
    Pass the jobs bill !

    TanMan , Golf and Cigarets , what a job !

    October 12, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Ed DFWTX

    Boehner needs to get to work on helping create jobs and let Obama deal with Iran. His "do nothing" Congress needs to focus on this country and it's people for a change instead of the 1% and big busines interests.

    October 12, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    ""I'm hopeful that the administration will hold them accountable for their actions.""

    Translation: "This is a big fat setup statement intended to create the perception that the administration is not doing enough to hold Iran accountable...you know, in preparation for our planned incoming attacks and accusations that the administration is not, in fact, doing enough to hold Iran accountable."

    October 12, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    I cannot believe that Republicans would try to turn a threat to our national security into a political football. Doesn't mean that I am surprised to see it. I just cannot believe it, no matter how many times I watch them try to divide by sowing dissent and discord. Speaking out negatively on this issue at this moment is just as stupid Gov. Perry going to the NYC during the General Assembly and making questionable foreign policy remarks.

    October 12, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. RINO Bil

    Nice to see John Boehner looking sharp again. He has been out of focus lately, being pushed to the background as Eric Cantor stepped into the forefront and stole all his limelight.

    October 12, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "But when pressed on what specific actions the U.S. should take, Boehner declined to answer, saying only of those said to be responsible, "I'm hopeful that the administration will hold them accountable for their actions."

    Incoherent Boehner blather as usual. Conversely, "I'm hopeful that the American voters will hold Boehner and his Party of misfits accountable for their (in)actions come 2012.

    October 12, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. T'sah from Virginia

    Boehner wants to "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb – Bomb, Bomb Iran!!!!!"

    NOTHING this administration does can get the entire Republican Party behind it. They ALWAYS have something to say even though THIS president did more towards fighting terrorism than any other administration before it. Can we at least ONE TIME have ALL – not just a chosen few days later that "half-ASH" give praises – come out and get behind President Obama on the same page????????????? PLEASE!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – because they got it right!!!

    October 12, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Dude in Colorado

    Hey Boehner... Shouldn't you be worrying more about, umm, I don't know... CREATING JOBS than creating non-issues to taunt the current President? The terror plot WAS diffused, go back to work!

    October 12, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Len

    President Obama has kept us safe....The GOP/TEA Party are throwing middle class and poor Americans under the bus. They have done nothing to stimulate the economy...no jobs plan...othe than the same....no taxes, get rid of regulations, etc. AMERICA...remember deregulation got us into this mess!!! Wake up Folks!!!

    October 12, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The sleeping drunk in the house must have just awakened.

    October 12, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Clwyd

    The republicans won't be happy until they take us into another war over lies. First WMD and now this!

    October 12, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Republikuntz

    Boehner needs to not worry about nor comment on national security since you fail to do the simplist of tasks in the house.

    October 12, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Sit back you right wingnuts and see how a real president wages a war on terror. I am so tired of limp wristed republicans talking like they are tough.

    October 12, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    Its amazing: we have a plot foiled, something along the lines of the Zimmerman Telegram during WW1, and we have Boehner playing the role of William Jennings Bryan. Its a stunning reversal, but hardly surprising, given what a pack of invertabrates the GOP has morphed into since they lost the WH.

    October 12, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. Dude in Colorado

    Why are Boehner's eyes so red... and moist-looking?

    October 12, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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