Out on the campaign trail, John Boehner, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, talked down on President Obama by talking up the formerly-to-be-avoided George W. Bush. Stating that Russian President Vladimir Putin would never have moved his military forces into Crimea had the former president still been in the White House, Boehner said the disincentive Putin would have from staging the invasion was “that Bush would have punched him in the nose…”
Many of the former president’s foreign policy decisions – especially the staging of a war in Iraq – are credited with the electoral sweep of his rivals in 2006 when Democrats seized control of both houses of Congress. It was his sixth year in office.
Boehner did not mention the Russian invasion under Bush’s watch of U.S. ally and another former member of the Soviet Union, the Republic of Georgia. At the time, the former president did not punch Putin or the Russian Prime Minister, Dimitri Medvedev, in the nose.
By Gregory Baskin