POLAND, TOO – AT 7:32 A.M. ET: As if to emphasize the importance of our first post today, just below, the president of Poland, in an extraordinary appearance, slammed President Obama for his attitude toward the Polish people. It is very rare for this kind of public attack to be made by an ally. From London's Telegraph:
Reflecting Warsaw's long-standing anger over the 2009 cancellation of a controversial Bush-era anti-ballistic missile system President Bronislaw Komorowski said Poland should build its own missile shield to ensure national defence.
"Our mistake was that by accepting the American offer of a shield we failed to take into account the political risk associated with a change of president," said Mr Komorowski in a magazine interview. "We paid a high political price. We do not want to make the same mistake again. We must have a missile system as an element of our defences."
Last week, Mitt Romney used a visit to Warsaw to condemn Russia as a "country where the desire to be free is met with brutal oppression" in a bid to establish hawkish credentials ahead of the US elections.
The Republican candidate has accused President Obama of "abandoning Poland" by cancelling the missile defence plan in order to aid his much-criticised attempt to "reset" relations with Moscow.
Mr Obama's decision to scrap George W Bush's original missile shield dismayed the Polish government, especially as many Poles saw it as an attempt to appease Russia, Poland's historical and Cold War foe.
COMMENT: Remarkable, just remarkable. The only people taking Barack Obama seriously these days are those at his fundraisers.
And it's being reported that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has become convinced that Obama will not carry out his pledge to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
With our allies speaking this way, our enemies must be pleased. Oh, excuse me. It's politically incorrect to use the word "enemies," especially under this administration. They're simply nations that BUSH (!!) offended, or friends we simply haven't made yet.
August 8, 2012