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U.S. paratroopers are walking on the tarmac after being flown into the air base in Swidwin, Poland, on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 for weeks of joint exercise. Their arrival was requested by Poland as a way of increasing security at a time of conflict between two of its neighbors: Ukraine and Russia. (AP Photo/Lukasz Szelemej)
U.S. paratroopers are walking on the tarmac after being flown into the air base in Swidwin, Poland, Wednesday, April 23, 2014 for weeks of joint exercise. Their arrival was requested by Poland as a way of increasing security at a time of conflict between two of its neighbors, Ukraine and Russia. (AP Photo/Lukasz Szelemej)
SWIDWIN, POLAND - APRIL 23: Members of a Polish army unit assemble prior to the arrival of soldiers of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade at a Polish air force base on April 23, 2014 in Swidwin, Poland. Approximately 150 U.S. troops, as well as another 450 destined for the three Baltic states in coming days, will participate in bilateral military exercises over the coming weeks in a sign of commitment among NATO members. Tensions are rising in eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and Ukrainian authorities and NATO is seeking to reassure its own members located close to Russia. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
SWIDWIN, POLAND - APRIL 23: Members of a Polish army unit march to assemble prior to the arrival of soldiers of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade at a Polish air force base on April 23, 2014 in Swidwin, Poland. Approximately 150 U.S. troops, as well as another 450 destined for the three Baltic states in coming days, will participate in bilateral military exercises over the coming weeks in a sign of commitment among NATO members. Tensions are rising in eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and Ukrainian authorities and NATO is seeking to reassure its own members located close to Russia. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
SWIDWIN, POLAND - APRIL 23: Members of a Polish army unit assemble prior to the arrival of soldiers of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade at a Polish air force base on April 23, 2014 in Swidwin, Poland. Approximately 150 U.S. troops, as well as another 450 destined for the three Baltic states in coming days, will participate in bilateral military exercises over the coming weeks in a sign of commitment among NATO members. Tensions are rising in eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and Ukrainian authorities and NATO is seeking to reassure its own members located close to Russia. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
SWIDWIN, POLAND - APRIL 23: Members of a Polish paratrooper unit march to assemble prior to the arrival of soldiers of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade at a Polish air force base on April 23, 2014 in Swidwin, Poland. Approximately 150 U.S. troops, as well as another 450 destined for the three Baltic states in coming days, will participate in bilateral military exercises over the coming weeks in a sign of commitment among NATO members. Tensions are rising in eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and Ukrainian authorities and NATO is seeking to reassure its own members located close to Russia. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
SWIDWIN, POLAND - APRIL 23: Members of a Polish paratrooper unit march to assemble prior to the arrival of soldiers of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade at a Polish air force base on April 23, 2014 in Swidwin, Poland. Approximately 150 U.S. troops, as well as another 450 destined for the three Baltic states in coming days, will participate in bilateral military exercises over the coming weeks in a sign of commitment among NATO members. Tensions are rising in eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and Ukrainian authorities and NATO is seeking to reassure its own members located close to Russia. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
SWIDWIN, POLAND - APRIL 23: Members of a Polish paratrooper unit march to assemble prior to the arrival of soldiers of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade at a Polish air force base on April 23, 2014 in Swidwin, Poland. Approximately 150 U.S. troops, as well as another 450 destined for the three Baltic states in coming days, will participate in bilateral military exercises over the coming weeks in a sign of commitment among NATO members. Tensions are rising in eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and Ukrainian authorities and NATO is seeking to reassure its own members located close to Russia. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
SWIDWIN, POLAND - APRIL 23: Members of a Polish paratrooper unit march to assemble prior to the arrival of soldiers of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade at a Polish air force base on April 23, 2014 in Swidwin, Poland. Approximately 150 U.S. troops, as well as another 450 destined for the three Baltic states in coming days, will participate in bilateral military exercises over the coming weeks in a sign of commitment among NATO members. Tensions are rising in eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and Ukrainian authorities and NATO is seeking to reassure its own members located close to Russia. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
SWIDWIN, POLAND - APRIL 23: Members of a Polish paratrooper unit assemble prior to the arrival of soldiers of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade at a Polish air force base on April 23, 2014 in Swidwin, Poland. Approximately 150 U.S. troops, as well as another 450 destined for the three Baltic states in coming days, will participate in bilateral military exercises over the coming weeks in a sign of commitment among NATO members. Tensions are rising in eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and Ukrainian authorities and NATO is seeking to reassure its own members located close to Russia. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
SWIDWIN, POLAND - APRIL 23: Members of a Polish paratrooper unit assemble prior to the arrival of soldiers of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade at a Polish air force base on April 23, 2014 in Swidwin, Poland. Approximately 150 U.S. troops, as well as another 450 destined for the three Baltic states in coming days, will participate in bilateral military exercises over the coming weeks in a sign of commitment among NATO members. Tensions are rising in eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and Ukrainian authorities and NATO is seeking to reassure its own members located close to Russia. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
SWIDWIN, POLAND - APRIL 23: Members of a Polish paratrooper unit assemble prior to the arrival of soldiers of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade at a Polish air force base on April 23, 2014 in Swidwin, Poland. Approximately 150 U.S. troops, as well as another 450 destined for the three Baltic states in coming days, will participate in bilateral military exercises over the coming weeks in a sign of commitment among NATO members. Tensions are rising in eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and Ukrainian authorities and NATO is seeking to reassure its own members located close to Russia. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
SWIDWIN, POLAND - APRIL 23: Members of a Polish paratrooper unit assemble prior to the arrival of soldiers of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade at a Polish air force base on April 23, 2014 in Swidwin, Poland. Approximately 150 U.S. troops, as well as another 450 destined for the three Baltic states in coming days, will participate in bilateral military exercises over the coming weeks in a sign of commitment among NATO members. Tensions are rising in eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and Ukrainian authorities and NATO is seeking to reassure its own members located close to Russia. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
SWIDWIN, POLAND - APRIL 23: Members of a Polish paratrooper unit assemble prior to the arrival of soldiers of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade at a Polish air force base on April 23, 2014 in Swidwin, Poland. Approximately 150 U.S. troops, as well as another 450 destined for the three Baltic states in coming days, will participate in bilateral military exercises over the coming weeks in a sign of commitment among NATO members. Tensions are rising in eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and Ukrainian authorities and NATO is seeking to reassure its own members located close to Russia. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
SWIDWIN, POLAND - APRIL 23: Members of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade disembark upon their arrival by plane at a Polish air force base on April 23, 2014 in Swidwin, Poland. Approximately 150 U.S. troops, as well as another 450 destined for the three Baltic states in coming days, will participate in bilateral military exercises over the coming weeks in a sign of commitment among NATO members. Tensions are rising in eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and Ukrainian authorities and NATO is seeking to reassure its own members located close to Russia. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Commander of US army NATO General Richard C Longo (R) shakes hands with Polish general Adam Joks (L) Airborn Brigade Commander in the presence of Michael Foster Brigade Commander at 173rd Airborne Brigade as first American troops arrived at the airport in Swidwin, Poland on April 23, 2014, after Washington said it was sending a force of 600 to the Baltic states as the crisis over Ukraine deepens . AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Polish General Adam Joks and Michael Foster Brigade Commander at 173rd Airborne Brigade smile as first American troops arrived at the airport in Swidwin, Poland on April 23, 2014, after Washington said it was sending a force of 600 to the Baltic states as the crisis over Ukraine deepens . AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
The first American troops arrive at the airport in Swidwin, Poland on April 23, 2014, after Washington said it was sending a force of 600 to the Baltic states as the crisis over Ukraine deepens. AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
The first American troops arrive at the airport in Swidwin, Poland on April 23, 2014, after Washington said it was sending a force of 600 to the Baltic states as the crisis over Ukraine deepens. AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
The first American troops arrive at the airport in Swidwin, Poland on April 23, 2014, after Washington said it was sending a force of 600 to the Baltic states as the crisis over Ukraine deepens. AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
The first American troops arrive at the airport in Swidwin, Poland on April 23, 2014, after Washington said it was sending a force of 600 to the Baltic states as the crisis over Ukraine deepens. AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Polish troops attend the welcoming of the first American troops at the airport in Swidwin, Poland on April 23, 2014, after Washington said it was sending a force of 600 to the Baltic states as the crisis over Ukraine deepens. AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
The first American troops arrive at the airport in Swidwin, Poland on April 23, 2014, after Washington said it was sending a force of 600 to the Baltic states as the crisis over Ukraine deepens. AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
The first American troops arrive at the airport in Swidwin, Poland on April 23, 2014, after Washington said it was sending a force of 600 to the Baltic states as the crisis over Ukraine deepens. AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that allies of the United States want America to show strong leadership globally, and that he wants some of his congressional colleagues to stop shying away from immigration reform.

Boehner said other countries are looking for the United States to lead, and that the 150 troops now in Poland with contingents planned for three other European countries is a step in the right direction. The first 150 paratroopers' arrival Wednesday for joint exercises in Poland is considered a sign of President Barack Obama administration's commitment to security in Europe, with tensions growing over the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

"They're begging us to lead, and they want us to lead," Boehner told a Middletown Rotary Club luncheon. "And I have to say I was pleased with the news late yesterday that the president is in fact sending ... troops to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland."

Boehner said American leadership lets the world know "what the rules are," and U.S. allies want more of it.

"When America's not leading, when America's not strong, the bad guys know they can stick their heads up with impunity," Boehner said.

Boehner also expressed frustration Thursday with others in Congress he says are reluctant to tackle immigration reform to fix what he says is a broken system. Boehner mocked those he said lack an appetite for addressing needed changes.

"Here's the attitude: 'Oh, don't make me do this. Oh, this is too hard,'" an animated Boehner said in a whiny voice. He said some of his colleagues would rather take the path "of least resistance."

"We get elected to solve problems," Boehner added.

Boehner and other GOP leaders offered a set of immigration principles in January, but rank-and-file members balked at moving ahead. Boehner has blamed distrust of Obama for lack of movement on the legislation.

The issue is particularly touchy with midterm elections this year. Boehner has three Republican opponents in Ohio's May 6 primary for the 8th District he first won in 1990.
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