John Boehner: Obama 'Taking a Nap' on Iraq
Speaker John Boehner criticized President Obama for his failure to react to the crisis in Iraq. Islamist militants have surged into Iraq seizing major cities in the country as well as financial resources and American provided ammunition and equipment.
“It’s not like we haven’t seen this problem coming for over a year,” Boehner said, adding that the recent surge of violence was concerning.
“They are 100 miles from Baghdad and what is the president doing? Taking a nap,” he said.
Under Obama, the United States has reportedly failed to respond to Iraqi requests for air support against the insurgents after declaring the Iraq war over in 2011.
"After nearly 9 years, America's war in Iraq will be over," Obama announced in 2011.
But Boehner criticized Obama for failing to secure the future of the country, which he described as in “jeopardy.”
“The president has celebrated our exit from Iraq as a hallmark of his foreign policy agenda, but our focus should be, instead, on completing our mission successfully,” he said, urging the president to engage the situation.
Boehner also pointed out that Obama’s deal with terrorists for the exchange of the Taliban Five was a troubling signal to the rest of the world.
“America's willing to make deal with terrorists, that's the new Obama doctrine,” he said.