John Boehner

Boehner Supports Iraq Airstrikes, Still Criticizes Obama

Because of course he does.

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"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," said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a statement today. 

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.  For now, I wish Godspeed to all our men and women participating in these operations.

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  1. one that defines success as completing our mission

    We can’t even define a mission these days. How the fuck are we supposed to define success?

    “Getting rid of ISIS” =/= a mission.

    We don’t have any real idea who ISIS is, where they get their funding from, which nations support them, how much support from the population they have, etc. All we know is that they’re a bunch of seemingly religiously-motivated guys with guns whose leader believes he’s a prophet or something. ISIS is an outgrowth of the incredibly complex cultural/religious/political landscape in that area; one that has been stewing for about 5000 years. Its members will simply melt back into the population at large when the US comes in to “get rid” of it.

    Seriously, getting rid of the Saddam is looking more and more like a strategic blunder of truly epic proportions; at least the Baath Party and the army kept a lid on the craziness that was Iraq and probably would have been able to for decades longer. We came in and got rid of BOTH of those institutions without any plan to put something viable in their place.

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