John Boehner Shares his Scott Walker-Like Delusions About Foreign Policy

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You might remember how John Boehner went all Stepford-like on Fox News Sunday and screamed that he was going to shutdown Homeland Security, and oh by the way it’s all Obama’s fault? If you didn’t watch the entire interview, you missed a few other Boehner nuggets.

This is what Boehner is saying, that his interview was “about Republicans’ focus on jobs and the people’s priorities, the House’s plan to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress, and more.” It’s difficult to reconcile any of this to reality, and it’s a hard sell, as you can see even by the wording direct from John Boehner’s Press Office:

A good start on jobs and the people’s priorities: “Just yesterday, [the president] signed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act, that would help get more services to our veterans that we’re losing at a rate of 22 a day. The Keystone pipeline’s been done. … The House has passed several dozen bills already. We’re off to the fastest start of a Congress in the 25 years that I’ve been here. … But we’re off to a good start. We’ve passed the 40-hour workweek requirement in ObamaCare so that people aren’t getting their hours cut. We passed the Hire More [Heroes] Act out of the House, to make it easier for small businesses to hire veterans. How about making it easier to export liquid natural gas overseas to our allies that are begging for it?”

Seriously? No, Keystone XL, like Benghazi, will never die. So people aren’t getting their hours cut…but getting their insurance benefits cut instead, like that’s preferable. This is not helpful to the middle class. It’s an attack on the middle class. How stupid does Boehner think we are? (Don’t answer that!) Or is he listening to Rick Perry’s nonsense about how Texans “don’t want no damn health insurance!”?

A robust strategy and authorization to defeat ISIL:We need a robust strategy to take on ISIL. No one has seen one from this White House yet. In addition to a robust strategy, I think we need to have a robust authorization. And I don’t believe that what the president sent here gives him the flexibility or the authority to take on this enemy and to win. And so I look at the submission by the president of the beginning of the process. We’re going to have exhaustive hearings in the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Intelligence Committee, the Armed Services Committee. And we’re going to have bipartisan discussions about how we strengthen this authorization.”

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“A robust strategy to defeat ISIL…” Has Boehner been talking to Scott Walker, that college dropout? Remember how much trouble Walker got himself into trouble with his college dropout level understanding of foreign policy: “I think we need to have an aggressive strategy anywhere around the world. I think it’s a mistake to -.” Aggressive strategy/robust strategy, both short on specifics.

We know Boehner and other Republicans want boots on the ground again. But we have to ask, since Boehner won’t, who are they going to shoot at when they get there, these boots? Was American Sniper so inspiring that we want to destroy Fallujah again? Shoot everybody who might be an ISIL-sympathizer? And we can do it to Libya too?

This isn’t the old glorious days of empire: the Mahdi isn’t going to ride up to General Kitchener and present his dervishes for destruction.

Things have changed a lot since the 19th century’s colonial rebellions. Modern asymmetrical warfare is ugly, in case Boehner hasn’t noticed. Ugly for those on the receiving end but ugly too for those on the giving end. Nothing is affirmed, unless you are a psychopath like Chris Kyle, or a delusional fan of American Exceptionalism like Blake Shelton (after getting himself liquored up, of course).

The pursuit of the facts about Benghazi: “The idea here is to give the American people the facts about what happened. Why wasn’t the security for our embassy in Libya, the extra security, given to the Ambassador after repeated requests the night of the event. Why didn’t we attempt to rescue the people that were there? Why were the people there told not to get involved? And then, as importantly, when did the president know this, and why for some two weeks, did he describe it differently than what it really was? There are a lot of unanswered questions, and as Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the Benghazi committee has been told by me, I don’t need a big show here. What we need are facts. The American people deserve the truth about what happened, and that’s all what we’re interested in.”

And Benghazi again? Really? What about The U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s Investigative Report on the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12, 2012, which, we were told, “is meant to serve as the definitive House statement on the Intelligence Community’s activities before, during, and after the tragic events that caused the deaths of four brave Americans”?

So we know already what happened in Benghazi. We’ve been told what happened in Benghazi time and time again. The Republicans just plug their ears and refuse to listen, even to their own definitive report.

What the American people really deserve is a different Congress. We deserve a Congress of men and women who are beholden to our interests, not men and women (looking at you, Mary Fallin) who whore themselves out to the Koch brothers and to others of the 1 Percent, to oil companies and other large corporations. We deserve a Congress which will actually work for the American people, not for themselves. We deserve a Congress that at least knows the difference between fact and fantasy.

John Boehner, every time he opens his mouth, shows himself unworthy of the position he occupies. As out of his depth as speaker as George W. Bush was as president, he is a sad and pathetic little man at a time when the United States needs a statesman. The delusional John Boehner is, all too sadly, a prime example of everything that is wrong with the Republican Party in 2015. At the least, we deserve an adult. We get this instead.

27 Replies to “John Boehner Shares his Scott Walker-Like Delusions About Foreign Policy”

  1. Yes, HH, we deserve an adult, but where do we find one? I look around at the GOPers, and all I see is a gang of two-year-olds in adult bodies.

  2. Boehner is delusional or just in the throws of alcholism. He doesnt even make sense anymore, not that hes known for sensibility. The Kochs must be putting pressure on him big-time, and hes cracking under the pressure.

  3. Congress got nothing on professional wrestling; BS theatre which wrestling does tongue in cheek the Republicans put out there as facts and the BAGGERS and FOXers Buy it. How ignorant are we as a country to put these guys in charge of our wellbeing;we need to get off our ass and get rid of this ignorance.

  4. And just this morning I hear that the White House has quietly stopped updating Bibi and Israel about the nuclear talks with Iran.
    Nice job Boehner!

  5. Boner is digging a deep hole for himself, again!To cut Homeland security is like an invitation to ANY terrorists. This man needs a psych evaluation.

  6. Republicans sure are putting their underhandedness out there. Question is, who stands to make money off the war Netanyahu wants us to fight and pay for? My guess would have to be Halliburton stockholders – how much is John Ellis invested?

  7. I don’t know who would make money but I do know who will pay and lose money. It would be the taxpayers of America.

  8. I hope that you all have signed the petition online for the impeachment of Boehner, if not, please do!!!!

    Also, just supposing a terrorist got through
    Homeland security because of a lapse in funding and killed a bunch of people, would Boehner be saying it is the fault of the pres because he would not give in to our demands.Is Boehner taking lessons from ISIS.
    Pay the ransom or suffer the consequences –
    what kind of country are we living in?

  9. I don’t want a President Walker any more than you do, but belaboring and hammering on the fact he didn’t finish college as an insult comes across as elitist and offensive to those who, maybe wanted to, but we’re unable to get their college degrees. This will backfire, especially since the Republicans have in recent elections taken pride in their lack of knowledge and have equated university learnin’ with liberal indoctrination.

  10. DHS was Cheney’s spawn to enslave us. It’s a massive bureaucratic weight riding on useful agencies like FEMA and Coast Guard.

    ‘Terrorists’ are more like guy Fawkes blowing up Parliament than mindless enemies. They are defending their country against invaders.

    If you must be afraid, think of them as the KKK with flattened pointy hats.

  11. Only 17% of nation supports the GOP’s attempt to overturn President Obama’s immigration policies

    73 percent say congressional Republicans should prioritize passing comprehensive immigration reform. That includes: 85 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of independents, and 62 percent of Republicans (that’s a solid majority folks!)
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/16/1364354/-Only-17-of-nation-supports-the-GOP-s-attempt-to-overturn-President-Obama-s-immigration-policies

  12. We’ve passed the 40-hour workweek requirement in ObamaCare so that people aren’t getting their hours cut

    This requirement will have the exact opposite effect. Businesses will cut everyone they can back to no more than 39 hours a week to avoid providing health insurance to their employees.

    It’s typical GOP doubletalk that screws over the workers.

  13. Well, apparently Israel has decided that when Netanyahu speaks to congress it will be shown with a 5 minute delay, which will give them the ability to cut anything out that seems like electioneering. It looks like it will be a speech about nothing because it was electioneering.

  14. Thank you so much for your comments.
    I think it’s the lying about having a degree rather than the fact that he wasn’t able to finish. And he doesn’t just lie about it, he doubles down and says he not only has a Bachelors degree, he has a Masters!
    In that same recent interview, Walker stated, “I’ve got a master’s degree in taking on the big government special interests, and I think that is worth more than anything else that anybody can point to.”

    Gov. Walker was unable to finish college. There are plenty of websites and blogs out there full of accusations about why he left Marquette, but we’re not exploring that today. This is about how he has the audacity to suggest that he has a master’s degree when he does not even have a bachelor’s degree

  15. I’m sorry, but a very old person(me) is not
    up on links, but if you type in VOX it will bring up the website. Sorry

  16. Not only with taxes would we (the American People pay) but with American blood once again. When, do we (Americans) get to say NO, fight your own battles….During WW2 America spent it’s natural resources to the extreme, used our men and women, our young, our feeing of being great. NOW, we need to stop, let others step forward and fight for a change.
    I live in No Mn where natural Iron ore is mined. During that war we nearly depleted the ore. No longer is the natural ore, of high value available. Now we mine taconite, of a much lower quality. The country side is filled with open pit mines, filled with water. The ore being used up during that war. Now we the tax payers are being asked to fund a very long bridge, over a mine of water, because the road is to be moved, and peoples houses, so the ore can be mined. Costing the state a very large, very large amount of money. Simply, because the Mining Comps want it. In my state, the mines are always heard first. people seco…

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