During a floor speech this afternoon, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) claimed that only one member of the House of Representatives voted against the 2002 resolution authorizing the invasion in Iraq.
Decrying the “political games” being played, Boehner said, wagging his finger, “I’m going to remind all of my colleagues that all of our members in this chamber, except one — all of our members in this chamber, Democrat and Republican, except one — voted to send our troops to Iraq.” Watch it:
As Mcjoan noted, John Boehner is out to lunch. Fully 133 members of the House voted against the Iraq war authorization. Boehner’s current counterpart, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), said in 2002, “If we resolve this issue diplomatically, we can show our strength as a great country. Let us show our greatness. Vote no on this resolution.”
(Boehner is having a bad day. During the same speech, he claimed, “The Senate leaders, Democrat and Republican, have made it clear that [Bush’s escalation] plan has no chance.” Actually, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell supports the escalation.)
BOEHNER: Why do we have to play more political games? The president of the United States has made it clear that he will veto this bill. The senate leaders, Democrat and Republican, have made it clear that this plan has no chance, in the other chamber. But yet here we are playing political games while our troops are fighting for our freedom and our safety in Iraq. I’m not going to go through all the reasons why Iraq is important. I have been through them before. I think every member of this chamber understands that Iraq is important to the safety and security of the United States. But I’m going to remind all of my colleagues that all of our members in this chamber, except one — all of our members in this chamber, Democrat and Republican, except one — voted to send our troops to Iraq. There they have been locked in a battle for the safety and security of Americans, helping to try to build democracy to bring more stability to the Middle East.