John Boehner: "Ladies and gentlemen, if we don't do it now, if we don't have the courage to defeat the enemy, we will long, long regret it"

I’ve never seen Minority Leader John Boehner so impassioned, but, Lord knows, I’m so grateful to see it now. Leader Boehner spoke passionately on the floor of the House about the Iraq war supplemental and the government’s duty to protect the American people from the al Qaeda terrorists that hit us on 9/11. Hot Air has the video from C-Span and I highly recommend you check it out. Here’s part of what Boehner said, from CNN:

“I didn’t come here to be a congressman — I came here to do something,” the Ohio Republican said as he choked up with tears in his eyes on the House floor. “And I think at the top of our list is providing for the safety and security of the American people. That’s at the top of our list. After 3,000 of our fellow citizens died at the hands of these terrorists, when are we going to stand up and take them on? When are we going to defeat them?”

“Ladies and gentlemen, if we don’t do it now, if we don’t have the courage to defeat the enemy, we will long, long regret it,” he added

The supplemental without a timetable passed the House and Senate and is being sent to the president to be signed.

Update: The Democrats, just off of defeat on the Iraq war supplemental, are standing tall and saying the fight to end the war has just begun. If they just had the same resolve to fight the terrorists, al Qaeda wouldn’t stand a chance. But defeating al Qaeda won’t get them the White House in 2008, so they’ve instead committed themselves to defeating the Republicans and the troops.

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