Boehner's Anti-Terror Screed on Obama Is Absurd

He's twisting facts to score political points
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2010 12:31 PM CDT
House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio speaks with members of the press on Capitol Hill Wednesday, April 14, 2010.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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(Newser) – John Boehner's serious charge that President Obama doesn't have a "comprehensive strategy" to fight terrorists "doesn't deserve a hearing at the adults table," writes John Dickerson. Obama—who's doubled the number of CIA air strikes in Pakistan, tripled the troops in Afghanistan, and given "speeches devoted to the more efficient killing of terrorists"—clearly has a strategy.

Critics can call it ineffective if they wish, but to simply ignore its existence? "Boehner is either being sloppy with his language, slippery with the facts—or both—to score political points," writes Dickerson at Slate. "If Boehner's critique had been made during the Bush administration, it would not just have invited criticism on its specific points; it would have been held up as evidence that Boehner fundamentally misunderstands the nature of the war against the extremists."

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