House speaker says world wants US to lead

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-ner) says U.S. global allies want America to show strong leadership, and he's encouraged by plans to deploy some troops in European countries.

Boehner says other countries are begging for the United States to lead, and that the 150 troops now in Poland with other contingents planned for three other countries should be reassuring. The first 150 paratroopers arrived Wednesday for joint exercises in Poland. That's considered a sign of U.S. commitment to security in Europe, with tensions growing over the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

Boehner says what he calls the "bad guys" around the world feel they can act with impunity when the United States doesn't show strength.

The Republican from West Chester, Ohio, spoke Thursday to a Middletown Rotary Club luncheon.

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