House Speaker Boehner calls for new aid to Iraq

WASHINGTON Thu Jan 9, 2014 1:33pm EST

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) calls on a reporter during a news conference at the Republican National Committee offices on Capitol Hill in Washington October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) calls on a reporter during a news conference at the Republican National Committee offices on Capitol Hill in Washington October 23, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday said President Barack Obama should authorize a more active American role in Iraq but he stopped short of calling for the participation of U.S. troops.

Boehner, responding to a question at a weekly press conference about growing violence in Iraq, said that a new U.S. troop presence was "not called for at this time."

But Boehner, a Republican, said the Obama administration could aid the Iraqi army with additional equipment. Earlier this week, the administration said it would hasten deliveries of military hardware to Iraq.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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Comments (16)
PoliticsUgh wrote:
Really, Mr Boehner? We annihilated Iraq. We used the bulk of the American tax payer money to pay off government contractors, letting our troops on the ground go without the necessities needed to continue on. Not only that but, we lost about $9 billion dollars in Iraq. Not one word where that money went, disappeared into thin air! I think we’ve done enough in Iraq. I think enough blood and tears have been shed in Iraq. I think Iraq needs to step up and take control of their own country. We’ve already overspent with lives and money over there. You won’t even help your own fellow country man with food stamps and unemployment benefits. What makes you think the American people will stand for more money being thrown away in Iraq? Please, Mr Boehner, just go away, you make me sick.

Jan 09, 2014 12:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Whipsplash wrote:
“Boehner, responding to a question at a weekly press conference about growing violence in Iraq, said that a new U.S. troop presence was “not called for at this time.”"

It wasn’t called for when the bush administration manufactured a war in Iraq. Just how long do we plan to dump money into this pos country.

Jan 09, 2014 1:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
urkiddingme wrote:
no extended unemployment, yet, more aid for iraq? what a freakin’ idiot.

Jan 09, 2014 1:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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