Not so funny anymore when the Republicans are the ones blaming our troops in Iraq for Bush and Rumsfeld's fiasco.
Here is what Boehner's staff told Hotline:
Kevin Madden, Boehner's spokesman, sent this response: “Democrats are quickly squandering any and all credibility by even attempting to equate Mr. Boehner’s comments with criticism of anyone in the military. It’s an obvious and weak attempt to deflect criticism from Senator Kerry’s awful remarks delivered earlier this week, remarks Mr. Boehner was highly critical of. Mr. Boehner commends our military and our generals for doing a heroic job each and every day in their fight against terrorists in Iraq and around the globe. He thanks them every day for their bravery and will continue to do so.”Now here is what Boehner actually said:
House Majority Leader John Boehner: Wolf, I understand that, but let's not blame what's happening in Iraq on Rumsfeld.Then watch Boehner here, and tell me how Boehner is going to claim that he didn't blame the generals on the ground for Rumsfeld's mess. He said it directly. Now who's haggling over the definition of "is"?
Wolf Blitzer: But he's in charge of the military.
House Majority Leader John Boehner: But the fact is the generals on the ground are in charge and he works closely with them and the president. [CNN, 11/1/06]