- The Washington Times - Friday, August 8, 2014

President Obama was right to strike at ISIS targets in Iraq, but he still needs to come up with a broader strategy for halting the insurgents’ advance, House Speaker John A. Boehner said Friday morning.

In a statement issued soon after the first strikes were confirmed by the Pentagon, Mr. Boehner said the White House “emboldens the enemy and squanders the sacrifices Americans have made” by failing to develop a better Iraq policy.

“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,” Mr. Boehner said in a statement that seemed to hint at the president’s long-standing opposition to involvement in the country.

Mr. Boehner pledged that he would help sell the public on a strategy should Mr. Obama develop one.

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