With the recent wave of terrorist violence sweeping across Iraq, Speaker Boehner took the president to task today for failing to directly engage on the issue, jeopardizing the progress that has been made and the security of America’s vital interests in that nation. Following are excerpts of Boehner’s remarks:
“Back in January, I urged the president to get engaged with what’s going on in Iraq. And this week we’ve seen big cities in Iraq overrun with terrorists.
“The Obama administration’s failure to reach a status of forces agreement continues to have serious consequences for Iraq and American interests in the region. And the administration’s failed policies in Syria, Libya, and Egypt – and its failure to implement a broader strategy for the Middle East – is having a direct impact on the situation in Iraq.
“The United States has, and will continue to have, vital national interests in Iraq, but the progress made there is clearly in jeopardy. The president celebrated our exit from Iraq as a hallmark of his foreign policy agenda, but our focus should be instead on completing our mission successfully. And I would urge the president, once again, to get engaged before it’s too late. …
“It’s not like we haven’t seen this problem coming for over a year and it’s not like we haven’t seen, over the last five or six months, these terrorists moving in, taking control of western Iraq. Now they’ve taken control of Mosul, they’re 100 miles from Baghdad, and what’s the president doing? Taking a nap.”
NOTE: Video of Speaker Boehner’s January 2014 remarks on the need for President Obama to directly engage on Iraq is available here.