In this case, John Boehner. Speaker of the House isn’t exactly a diplomacy-heavy job, I’ll grant you, but come on:
I’m not sure which is worse: the notion that House Speaker John Boehner says ridiculous things to get votes or that the Ohio Republican actually believes his own rhetoric.Take yesterday, for example. As Jay Bookman noted, Boehner was in Iowa and made these comments to a group of voters:
“Five years ago, the president of the United States went to Europe and he went to the Middle East on what I’ll call his ‘apology tour’ – apologizing for America being strong, apologizing for America leading.
“And the manifestation of that apology tour is what we see in the chaos going on around the world today. I talk to world leaders every week. They want America to lead. They’re begging America to lead. Because when America leads and America’s strong, the world is a safer place.
“When you look at this chaos that’s going on, does anybody think that Vladimir Putin would have gone into Crimea had George W. Bush been president of the United States? No! Even Putin is smart enough to know that Bush would have punched him in the nose in about 10 seconds.”
The apology tour bit is one of those zombie lies that you can’t even get particularly worked up about anymore, but even the president who committed the worst foreign policy blunder in American history probably wouldn’t have been dumb enough to punch the President of Russia in the nose, literally or figuratively, over Crimea. Actually, there’s no “probably” about it, since Russia actually did invade another country and de facto annex part of its territory while Bush was still in office, and in response America…did virtually nothing about it.
I wouldn’t worry about any diplomatic fallout from Boehner’s absurd comments. After all, even Putin is smart enough to know that John Boehner is a clown.