Consolation prize?: Vice President Joe Biden
and Polish Prime Minister
Donald Tusk in Warsaw, Oct. 21. It seems that U.S.
forces are headed
to Poland to reassure Polish leaders after the
cancellation of plans to
build elements of an anti-missile shield in East
'Live American Shields' are Better than Bush's Missile Defense System
agreement will be signed on stationing U.S. Army troops in Poland … it pays to
have the Americans on our soil. Let the potential aggressor know that an attack
on Poland would incur the wrath of the most powerful nation in the world."
By Andrzej Talaga
Translated By Halszka
October 16, 2009
Poland - Dziennik - Original Article (Polish)
It seems that even before
Vice President Biden’s visit [Oct. 20], an agreement will be signed on stationing
U.S. Army troops in Poland. The document will open the way for the construction
of an American base here. Even if small, it will improve our security. An
attack on the Polish Republic will automatically engage the U.S., which means poor
prospects for the aggressor.
Bush’s anti-missile shield
wouldn't have protected Polish territory. The only benefit of the investment
for us would have been in attracting American interest and automatically engaging
them in the event of aggression against Poland. Just like this agreement does, except
that Obama’s shield could theoretically also defend our skies.
As a member of NATO, Poland is
protected by Article 5
of the Washington Treaty. It obliges all members of the Alliance to offer immediate
assistance when any member is attacked. But NATO plans in case of a Polish war
with Russia are inadequate. It's unclear who would help us, when, or with what
forces. Not only than, but NATO countries are ever-more frequently questioning the validity
of Article 5. With my own ears I've heard leading Dutch government experts answer
“no” to the question of whether Holland would help Poland in case of war.
NATO is no longer on a hair trigger.
Rather, it is a well-oiled rifle in a box that is nailed shut. Who knows
whether it will go off at all? So it pays to have the Americans on our soil.
Let the potential aggressor know that an attack on Poland would incur the wrath
of the most powerful nation in the world.
President Biden's mission to East Europe: what's at stake?
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SEE ALSO ON THIS:
Financial Times Deutschland:
Editorials on Missile Shield: 'Time for Confrontation is Over'
Der Spiegel, Germany:
Biden Seeks to Smooth Feathers in 'New Europe'
Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia:
Should We Praise or 'Curse Those Treacherous Yankees'?
After the Shield: Time for Kremlin to Bring Itself to Reciprocate
Iran Can't Be 'Swapped' for Halt to U.S. Missile Defense
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Russia:
Medvedev 'Confesses' His Plans Differ from Putin's
Obama's Russia 'Gambit'
Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland:
Obama's Lesson: Poland Can't Count on the United States
Banish All 'Magical Thinking' Regarding the Russian Bear
Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland:
Missile Shield Talks: How the Bush Team Lost Poland
Obama's Anti-Missile Gambit Pursued for the Greater Good
Le Monde, France:
Obama's Missile Policy Change a Shrewd Gambit
Der Spiegel, Germany :
'Russian Euphoria' at
Obama's Decision To
Shelve Missile Shield
The Times, U.K.:
'Dismay in Europe'
as Obama Ditches Missile Shield
NATO Envoy Warns Against
'Childish Euphoria' Over Shield
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