April 16th, 2011
08:19 PM ET

Boehner meets with Iraqi prime minister in Baghdad

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday during a surprise visit to Baghdad, the prime minister's office said in a statement.

Boehner, along with other members of Congress and Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, met at al-Maliki'soffice to discuss bilateral relations and the future of strategic cooperation between the two countries.

Al-Maliki stressed the need to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the United States and Iraq, particularly in the fields of trade, culture and defense, according to his office.

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  1. Kathie

    These GOP officials can't make up their mind. They are fighting tooth and nail over spending issues...I wonder how much Boehner's "surprise" visit cost us taxpayers? Yea SURPRISE alright for us..this situation between the Dems and GOP is out of control. President Obama should put a stop to theses surprise visits...If I remember correctly even Palin went to Israel...why? These people are not authorized by the United States to represent our country overseas unless it is mandated by our President and Boehner and Palin are NOT THE PRESIDENT...

    April 17, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    @Kathie...your grievance is duly noted. he he...and did you really need to hear of Palin being this way? I mean commmmme on! How can you trust someone who looks you square in the eye, only it's a rectangle.

    April 17, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    What I'd like to know is just how much of an increase in foreign aid are they planning to give this bozo. I guess that the right-wing media will never tell us that. The Republicans,along with the "blue-dog" Democrats have been extremely liberal over just how much of our tax dollars being given away to other countries!!!

    April 17, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Philip

      Thank you,Cesar. Well said.

      April 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

    Hmmm, just a thought but I wonder what an overhaul of our system would look like if vote on by it's citizens. Like starting from scratch.

    April 17, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Knock it off Big Joe.

    April 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Charlie

    Just imagine what life in the USA would be like if we get a republican president ! Could get quite interesting.

    April 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Daniels

    Charlie, didn't we try an (R) last time? How'd that work out for you?

    April 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 5th Head

    If that happened..we could spend tax payers $ to add Reagans face at Mt.Rushmore..I could'nt resist that one... .

    April 17, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    dang charlie its only been 3 years since we had one of those! maybe u need 2 call alice u may have the same microchip issue she has, although back in the day they called it mescaline i think but if she wants 2 believe its aliens i sura aint gonna argue

    April 18, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
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