HAMILTON, Ohio (TDB) -- House Minority Leader John Boehner, a Republican from Butler County, told his constituents today that he believes President George Bush's strategy to add 21,500 troops in Iraq can succeed.
Here are the OH-08 lawmaker's exact words in response to a question from an anonymous resident of his SW Ohio district:
Q. Where do you stand on the President’s proposed ‘surge’ in Iraq?
A. I believe the President’s new strategy can succeed, but I believe Republicans and Democrats must work together to make sure that happens. The President’s strategy includes military, political, and social dimensions, and I hope his plan gets a fair and thorough hearing in Congress. Success in Iraq is essential to our immediate and long-term national security interests. I commend the President for recognizing recent strategies have not succeeded, and that a new strategy is necessary to stabilize the Iraqi democracy, to deny terrorists a safe haven, and to ensure stability in the region. "
That's pretty close to what Boehner said after Bush announced his plan on national TV. Those post-speech comments are HERE.
But later today, Boehner's office issued a lengthier STATEMENT calling for creating of a special Congressional panel to monitor the President's plan and ensure its success. Sure looks like he's scambling. Inquiring minds might want to ask Boehner: Why was there no need for a Select Committee three months ago when Republicans ran the House? Was the situation in Iraq a waltz then? Or is the GOP's House maestro striking up a new tune -- the bob, weave and sidestep?