Monday, September 21, 2009

Malicious? Or Incompetent?

Those are the only choices that could explain the insensitivity of the timing of this decision by the Obama Administration:
LISBON — “How could Obama choose such a day?”

That was the anguished outburst of a senior Polish officer attending a meeting of NATO chiefs of defense here when asked what he thought of the U.S. president’s cancellation last week of plans to place missile interceptors in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic.

The officer was referring to the fact that the announcement came on Sept. 17, the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland. A gesture to Russia on this date — a “brave” decision said Vladimir Putin — was the rough equivalent for the Poles of their announcing concessions to a U.S. foe on 9/11.
[ED.: It's actually MUCH, MUCH worse.]

Poland is now one of the very few places in Europe that prefers former President Bush to Obama.

Now I’m sure Obama had no desire to insult Poland
[ED.: Either he intended offense, or he's completely ignorant. Those are the choices.], even if the announcement also came as Russia conducted large-scale military maneuvers with Belarus, an exercise on its western flank that summons the darkest specters of post-Soviet Polish and Baltic-state angst. As U.S. timing goes, this was pitiful.

(editorial commentary added)

Jerks or idiots? Take your pick.

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At 9/21/2009 9:05 PM, Blogger BenK said...

This administration will come and go, but military careers are decades long. The US Military will do its best to be ready in defense of our allies, whenever politicians find the will.


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