Thursday, September 12, 2013

John Boehner ‘Insulted’ by Vladimir Putin Op-Ed

House Speaker John Boehner said he was “insulted” after reading Russian President Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Times about Syria, reports Politico.

Asked to elaborate on why he was “insulted,” Boehner declined.

The fact of the matter is that in an attempt to head of yet another U.S. attack on a foreign country, Putin, in his op-ed, probably provided the wisest counsel any foreign leader has ever given to the U.S.:
It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.” 
But force has proved ineffective and pointless. Afghanistan is reeling, and no one can say what will happen after international forces withdraw. Libya is divided into tribes and clans. In Iraq the civil war continues, with dozens killed each day. In the United States, many draw an analogy between Iraq and Syria, and ask why their government would want to repeat recent mistakes.[...]
The world reacts by asking: if you cannot count on international law, then you must find other ways to ensure your security. Thus a growing number of countries seek to acquire weapons of mass destruction. This is logical: if you have the bomb, no one will touch you. We are left with talk of the need to strengthen nonproliferation, when in reality this is being eroded.
We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.

Rather than be insulted, Boehner should think long and hard at the truth spoken by the Russian President.


  1. Finally after years of pious lecturing as well as supplying weapons to our bastards, DC is having to endure a wag of the finger and i suspect they don't enjoy it much.

  2. I find this very all of us..

    Audit: U.S. lacks anti-corruption plan for Afghan aid
    Report says comprehensive proposal to battle malfeasance was left unsigned by Hillary Clinton

    The U.S. is spending billions of dollars to shore up the Afghan government in advance of the December 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of most foreign troops, but a new audit says no coherent plan exists to reduce the rampant corruption that has undermined those efforts and alienated the Afghan public.

    John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, released a report Wednesday warning that absent aggressive anti-corruption measures, assistance funds could continue to help fuel one of the world’s worst kleptocracies.

    Without a clear strategy for curbing the culture of “baksheesh,” or bribes, he warned, the U.S. risks leaving behind a government that has little credibility at home and scant legitimacy abroad.

    “The ability of the Afghan government to deliver services to its citizens without the illicit diversion of resources is crucial to the country’s development and the government’s standing as a legitimate, sovereign authority,” Sopko wrote.

    Washington has already spent $96 billion on reconstruction projects as part of its effort to bolster the Afghan government’s control of the country. An August Congressional Research Service report says the U.S. will likely continue to shell out about $10 billion annually to keep the country running through at least 2017.

  3. Speak not into the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

    Prov 23:9