Poland and the United States have made a wise decision on national missile defense and joint military aid pacts.
Now, the United States must push a NATO, Ukraine and Georgia mutual defense pact.
Yesterday the United States and Poland signed a preliminary missile defense deal and in typical reactionary mode Russia has responded.
A top Russian general said Friday that Poland’s agreement to accept a U.S. missile interceptor base exposes the ex-communist nation to attack, possibly by nuclear weapons, the Interfax news agency reported.
The statement by Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn is the strongest threat that Russia has issued against the plans to put missile defense elements in former Soviet satellite nations.
“Poland, by deploying (the system) is exposing itself to a strike â€” 100 percent,” Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of staff, was quoted as saying.
He added, in clear reference to the agreement, that Russia’s military doctrine sanctions the use of nuclear weapons “against the allies of countries having nuclear weapons if they in some way help them.” Nogovitsyn that would include elements of strategic deterrence systems, he said, according to Interfax.
As if Poland would be “safe” from Russian expansionism or a nuclear strike anyway.
The bloom is off the Putin rose in a resurgence of “Cold War” Russia. Typical Russian threats and why the United States and Europe need to strengthen NATO.
Do you think the EU will get the message or will they appease again?
In a shocker the United States and Poland signed a preliminary missile defense deal today. The Russians invade Georgia and move in the tanks and suddenly in what was an impasse, an agreement occurs.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced the agreement on national television shortly before it was signed by Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremer and US chief negotiator John Rood.
Mr Tusk said Washington had agreed to meet Warsaw’s main demands in exchange for hosting the 10 interceptor missiles in a former military base near Poland’s Baltic Sea coast.
In return, the US has agreed to help modernise the Polish armed forces and locate Patriot missiles and a garrison of US servicemen in Poland to beef up its air defences, Mr Tusk said.
Poland is reported to have demanded the extra security help as part of the deal after Moscow threatened to target its missiles at any eventual bases.
The US signed an agreement with the Czech Republic in July to base tracking radars there as part of the missile defence system.
The US wants the sites to be in operation by about 2012.
Flap is being facetious, of course.
What are the repercussions?
Russia will remain pissed off at the United States and Poland and target the ten interceptors with nuclear weapons. Big deal. This might worry other European countries but not the Poles.
And, Russia may try to base bombers in Cuba.
The latter would lead to a direct military confrontation with the United States.