Foreign Policy

Scott Walker is a Lying Liar

You may heard that other world leaders are concerned that America is "leading from behind," but apparently that's just something Scott Walker pulled out of his ass.

The Wisconsin governor and presidential hopeful claimed that British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed concern that America is pulling back from the world stage.

“I heard that from David Cameron back in February earlier when we were over at 10 Downing,” Walker said. “I heard it from other leaders around the world. They’re looking around realizing this lead from behind mentality just doesn’t work. It’s just not working.”

But the prime minister's office has now flatly denied Walker's claim.

Walker, who has taken several trips overseas in recent months to study up on foreign policy in preparation for an all-but-certain presidential bid, told a roomful of Republican donors Friday that world leaders, including Cameron, are worried about the U.S. stepping back in the world. “The Prime Minister did not say that and does not think that,” a Downing Street spokesperson told TIME.

To be fair, it's a (remote) possibility that the prime minister's office is the real liar, but ask yourself which is more likely: a lie from the mouth of serial liar Scott Walker, or a lie from the prime minister's office?

The arrogance required to believe that other nations are concerned about a lack of American hegemony -- a fantasy that only exists in the minds of American conservatives -- is astonishing. This idea that America is "leading from behind" could only be muttered by the neoconservative brain-trust tasked with making Scott Walker look like a serious person with a firm understanding of foreign policy.

That is a very tall task considering that Walker himself once boasted that his battle against public sector unions in Wisconsin prepared him for the battle with ISIS.

Scott Walker is a staggering idiot and the Men Who Have Been Wrong About Everything are advising him.

  • ninjaf

    Why are Republican candidates (and pseudo-candidates) still running in the 2012 election with 2012 bumper sticker catch phrases?

  • Christopher Foxx

    but ask yourself which is more likely: a lie from the mouth of serial liar Scott Walker, or a lie from the prime minister’s office?

    You’re suggesting one of those two doesn’t lie with regularity?

  • muselet

    In the real world, Scott Walker is a drooling moron for not expecting David Cameron—honestly or not—to push back. Even assuming his denial was false, Cameron has to deal with Barack Obama for another year and a half, so the idea that he’d tell a nobody like Walker any concerns he might have about the current administration is ludicrous. Cameron is a lot of things, but stupid isn’t one of them.

    In Righty World, though, Walker is telling the hard truth about Obama and Cameron is only denying it because he’s terrified of the scary, yet soft and ineffectual, community organizer-cum-thug.

    Lying is a good political strategy for Walker at this point in the campaign: there are no negative consequences for him.


  • Victor the Crab

    Well, considering that David Cameron has more than once smacked down right wing lies coming out of America that concern his country, I’d go with Cameron over Little Scotty Walker.

  • Badgerite

    Staggeringly right. The last sentence.

  • Nefercat

    “apparently that’s just something Scott Walker pulled out of his ass”
    Ya gotta admit, being able to pull something that big and stupid out of his ass with his head blocking the way is an accomplishment.