A senior Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee mocked the ability of European powers to combat world threats, saying they’ve become a “bunch a weenies.”
"The only people I know who seem willing, who seem gutsy enough to fight, are the Poles, and the rest of the Europeans are a bunch of weenies as far as I'm concerned," Rohrabacher said. [Watch the full speech here.]
The Republican lawmaker called for a new world alliance to combat radical Islam and the rise of Communist China.
"My theory is that the allies, the alliance that is going to save the world in your generation's time is going to be an alliance between the United States, India, Japan — and here's the kicker — Russia," the 13-term congressman said.
"Russia will be our friend. You're getting that from a guy who, during the Cold War, killed Russians," Rohrabacher said.
Rohrabacher acknowledged the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet by pro-Russian separatists, but said China is a far greater threat than Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"Putin does some things in Ukraine and everybody is waving their hands but China is committing acts of aggression against the Philippines and against Japan and nobody says a word," he said.
In a radio interview last year, Rohrabacher said he lost a drunken arm-wrestling match in the 1990s to Putin, who at the time was deputy mayor of St. Petersburg.