IRAQ -- August 31, 2010 at 5:48 PM ET
Boehner Calls on Obama to Put Progress Ahead of Troop Pullouts
As President Obama readies for a prime-time address to the nation on the formal end to combat operations in Iraq, Republicans have been focused on the troop surge that President Bush ordered in 2007 - and then candidate Obama opposed.
House GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio told the American Legion Convention in Milwaukee Tuesday:
Some leaders who opposed, criticized, and fought tooth-and-nail to stop the surge strategy now proudly claim credit for the results.
• One leader in the U.S. House of Representatives declared the surge a failure before it was even implemented.
• One leader in the United States Senate said, and I quote - 'this war is lost' - while additional forces were being mobilized.
• One lawmaker rejected the idea that the surge would reduce violence in Iraq, saying - and again I'm quoting - 'in fact, I think it will do the reverse.'
Read the full text of Boehner's speech here. Watch the NewsHour Tuesday evening for live coverage of President Obama's Iraq address.