House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerChaffetz calls for ,500 legislator housing stipend GOP super-PAC promises big spending in 2018 Ryan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes MORE (R-Ohio), on the dais at AIPAC, again pressed the case that United States must stay in Iraq if it wants to keep Iran from taking over the country.

BoehnerJohn BoehnerChaffetz calls for ,500 legislator housing stipend GOP super-PAC promises big spending in 2018 Ryan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes MORE said it would be "a mistake of historic proportions" to retreat from Iraq. He added that Democrats were wrong to think that the military surge wouldn't work.
"If we lose Iraq we lose the region and we make it far more dangerous for Israel to exist," he said.

Boehner then turned to the specific dangers that Iran presents.

"If we do not stop Iran from devleoping nuclear weapons, we will lose Israel, and if we do not take seriously the words and attentions of Islamic militants, we lose Israel," he said.

His Democratic counterpart, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), is about to take the stage.