WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement on U.S. operations in Iraq:

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