The ‘New’ Missile Defense in Poland

On Sept. 17, President Obama stabbed our NATO allies Poland and the Czech Republic in the back when he unilaterally cancelled plans for basing in those countries a defense shield against long range missiles. Ironically, Sept. 17 was the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland that helped kick off Europe’s version of World War II, a little fact that our Eurocentric Dear Leader had somehow missed (or not). By previously accepting President George W. Bush’s request to host the missile defense system, both Poland and the Czech Republic took enormous risks, as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin considers Eastern Europe to still be under Russia’s boot and who, in his quieter moments, probably dreams of another Sept. 17 moment.

In an apparent attempt to make up for that treachery, this week Obama sent Vice President Joe Biden to Poland, the Czech Republic and Romania with a “new” proposal for hosting a missile defense system against shorter range missiles. According to Biden, the new plan “will cover more of Europe, including Poland, and will do it more efficiently than the previous system.” Apparently, this “new” system is better solely because Obama proposed it and not Bush.

Initial reaction from the Poles is understandably muted. Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski said, “We expect details of the offer and will react in light of these, but please do not expect any dramatic or momentous events.” And Polish President Lech Kaczynski said, “Today we know one thing — Poland’s role in the new plan will not be as big as the role it was to have in the Bush plan.” We can’t blame the Poles for feeling betrayed, because they were. And is Babblin’ Joe Biden really the best man to send when fences need mending?

In other snub-our-allies news, BO couldn’t squeeze in a visit to Berlin on Nov. 9 for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. He’s sending Hillary instead, as he’s too busy these days attending fundraisers for Democrat congressional candidates.

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