Big surprise, right? Boehner on the surge in January:
I think it will be rather clear in the next 60 to 90 days as to whether this plan is going to work. And, again, that?s why we need to have close oversight, so that we just don?t look up 60 or 90 days from now and realize that ? that this plan is not working. We need to know, as we ? as we?re ? we move through these benchmarks, that the Iraqis are doing what they have to do.
Boehner on the surge yesterday:
The GAO report really amounts to asking someone to kick an 80-yard field goal and criticizing them when they came up 20 or 25 yards short. Rather than weighing whether or not Iraqis are making progress toward meeting goals, it asked whether or not they?ve met them ? even though Operation Phantom Thunder has been underway for only a couple months. That?s an unfair way to judge our troops? progress, and the report was designed to guarantee an unsatisfactory result.