Boehner Calls on Obama to Put Progress Ahead of Troop Pullouts

BY News Desk  August 31, 2010 at 5:48 PM EDT

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.