John Boehner is Apparently Mad at Obama for Not Putting More American Boots on the Ground in Iraq

john-boehner-faceBy now most people are well aware of the growing violence in Iraq due to the rapidly growing influence of the Islamic militants known as ISIS.

Well, as many of you might have heard, President Obama has ultimately decided to order airstrikes in northern parts of Iraq in an effort to weaken these militants and hopefully slow down, or stop, their rapid takeover of the country.

Seems like a rational move, right?  Let’s see what we can do to weaken ISIS, with minimal risk to members of our armed forces, before taking more drastic action.

Of course, John Boehner found a way in his statement about the airstrikes to attack President Obama.  You know, because simply saying, “The airstrikes are a good first step.  Good luck to all of our men and women involved in the operations” just wouldn’t sound Republican enough.

What his statement on the airstrikes ultimately boils down to is just another typical right-wing attack on President Obama:

“The president’s authorization of airstrikes is appropriate, but like many Americans, I am dismayed by the ongoing absence of a strategy for countering the grave threat ISIS poses to the region. Vital national interests are at stake, yet the White House has remained disengaged despite warnings from Iraqi leaders, Congress, and even members of its own administration. Such parochial thinking only emboldens the enemy and squanders the sacrifices Americans have made. The president needs a long-term strategy – one that defines success as completing our mission, not keeping political promises – and he needs to build the public and congressional support to sustain it. If the president is willing to put forward such a strategy, I am ready to listen and work with him.”

Before going forward, anyone notice what’s missing?  His plan.  

And what “plan” exactly would he have us follow?  Because there are about three options:

  1. Ignore the growing ISIS presence in Iraq.
  2. Authorize airstrikes.
  3. Send our military back into Iraq.

So, which one of those three is John Boehner suggesting we do?

But even going beyond that point, his statement is absolutely laughable.  For him to act as if President Obama has been completely ignoring the situation in Iraq is just flat-out wrong.

The problem is, the “solution” is exactly what the American people don’t support and sure as heck don’t want to see happen – and that’s putting our military back in Iraq and losing more American lives.

Because while airstrikes might inflict some damage, it’s not going to stop ISIS from gaining more power.  At best, barring some miracle, these strikes will just slow them down.

Where John Boehner sees President Obama “not acting,” any person with the slightest bit of common sense sees a president who understands the very last thing Americans want to see is more of our boots on the ground in Iraq.

But Boehner proved once again that no matter what President Obama does, he’ll turn it into some kind of childish partisan political attack.

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Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on both Twitter and Facebook. Have feedback, inquiries, criticism or hate mail? You can email him as well.


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  • Richard Mcgee

    You go first boner

  • CharlieSelf

    I thought this idiot was on vacation.

    • Sherri G

      No, that would be CONGRESS and their 93 days of working his year. The PRESIDENT may play a round of golf to destress and recharge but he is never really on vacation!

      • CharlieSelf

        I wasn’t writing of the President.

  • Eg Kbbs

    Boehner actually said, “and he needs to build the public and congressional support to sustain it” ?

    Like the Boehner House is going to support anything Obama says or does ? And aren’t the RWNJs claiming that Obama needs to be a strong leader ?

  • Bill

    I am a Conservative, but I actually agree with the conclusion of this author. No matter what Obama does, he will be demonized. The author should have also said that no matter what the GOP does, they will be demonized as well. Our system is BROKEN folks!

  • Avatar

    WTF?!? Didn’t Republicans in both side of the congress made an expcilt instruction to Obama to not send our soldiers to Iraq without Congress permission?! This is the proof that Boehner are angling for Obama to do that without congressional decisions which will predictable lead to fricking impeachable offenses.

    • strayaway

      Excellant point. Only Congress can declare war according the the Constitution. Dropping bombs is an act of war even if the IS is despicable and using captured weapons Obama supplied Syrian rebels to overthrow the Syrian government with. Instead of accusing Obama of not doing enough, Boehner should be rallying Republicans to declare war on IS if that is what he supports. Presidents can only execute what Congress legislates.

    • Brian

      Obama can send in soldiers without Congressional approval, but only for 60 days of combat action followed by 30 days of withdrawal. Basically, it allows the president to do air strikes and special forces strikes (such as the one that killed Osama) without needing to go through Congress first. It wouldn’t serve much purpose here though, so I have to come to your conclusion as well.

  • Mrs_oatmeal

    Who is he going to send to fight? Our military is tired. Did he have an issue when GW sent the military in based on lies and with no plan? Give us your plan, Mr. Boehner. Oops! That would mean you actually thought about it instead of just flinging BS which you are so good at.

  • Ram Garcia

    In Boehner first sentence replace “many Americans” with “big oil companies” in his first sentence and in the second sentence “vital national interest” with “oil”..In other words put boots on the ground so the big oil companies can make their millions while our troops are put in harms way for his buddies greed…Congress can’t get anything done on the domestic front but he is ready to lead it into approving another war… And just where are they going to find the funding??? I’m sure he won’t just be able to pull it out of his ass!!!

    • Dusty2

      Surly not! He will try to figure how to make the 97% pay for it. Or he will do like they have been doing all along. Put it on the cuff and worry how to make us pay for it later. After all war puts billions in the pockets of his puppet masters.

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