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Private Boehner Memo on Iraq Surfaces

Think Progress got ahold of Majority Leader John Boehner?s confidential strategy memo for Thursday?s congressional debate on the Iraq war. Think Progress says the memo aims to “exploit,” “attack” and “create a false choice.”


Think Progress:

On Thursday, the House of Representatives will hold a debate on the Iraq war. Media reports say Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) ?hopes to match the serious, dignified tone of deliberation that preceded the Gulf war, in 1991.?

ThinkProgress has obtained a ?Confidential Messaging Memo? from Boehner instructing his caucus to conduct a very different kind of deliberation. Here?s a quick summary:

1. Exploit 9/11. The two page memo mentions 9/11 seven times. It describes debating Iraq in the context of 9/11 as ?imperative.?

2. Attack opponents ad hominem. The memo describes those who opposes President Bush?s policies in Iraq as ?sheepish,? ?weak,? and ?prone to waver endlessly.?

3. Create a false choice. The memo says the decision is between supporting President Bush?s policies and hoping terrorist threats will ?fade away on their own.?

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