Poland Wants Missile Defense System of Its Own

Poland should build its own missile-defense system, the country’s president said, adding to earlier signals that the country no longer plans to rely solely on security guarantees offered by the U.S.

Since the collapse of communism in 1989, Poland has aligned itself with the U.S. and joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 1999. For most of that time, it has relied almost entirely on the protection NATO allies are required to offer one another if one member country is attacked.

In recent years, Polish officials have become increasingly skeptical about allies’ readiness to defend Poland in any circumstances. The country’s geostrategic position between Germany and Russia has led to military conflicts in the past that cost Poland its statehood for all of the 19th century.

World War II began with an attack by Nazi Germany on Poland, which was left unaided despite treaties with European allies. A Soviet attack soon followed.

Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski said on Wednesday, a national holiday that commemorates Poland’s victory over the Bolsheviks in 1920, that the country needs to invest in its own defenses. Poland spends a fixed ratio of just under 2% of gross domestic product a year on its military.

“Our Polish shield is needed that would at the same time be part of a great, NATO system,” Mr. Komorowski said at an event. “It’s a costly enterprise but it’s necessary to sustain within the Polish defense budget that’s growing with the growth of Poland’s GDP. … It’s sustainable because the definite end of the military mission in Afghanistan will bring significant savings.”

Mr. Komorowski was Poland’s defense minister in 2000 and 2001. As acting president in 2010, he authorized the extension of the Polish military presence–of about 2,000 soldiers–in Afghanistan, but several months later proposed a pullout amid increasing criticism of the mission that has cost the lives of dozens of Poles.

In 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama scrapped a missile-defense plan drafted by his predecessor, George W. Bush, under which Poland was to host a base near its border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

The plan was fiercely opposed by Russia, which threatened to direct missiles at Poland. The U.S. later proposed a new system envisaging 24 interceptors in Poland at the same location, drawing Russia’s ire again.

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    • is of course right; the “reset” is in place.

      Poland can no more afford to build this than its freeways;

    • Anonymous, FYI, the Berlin Wall fell more than 20 years ago man, I have no idea why you think the Russians are the masters of Poland when the Poles have been thinking for themselves since the Cold War ended.

    • Trojan horse. The only reason the puppet government of Poland, installed in a coup, “wants” a missile shield of it’s “own” is because their Russian masters want to be able to control NATO from within. Insert “Russian” instead of “Polish” and you can hear Putin’s hand doing the talking via Komorowski. “Our Polish shield is needed that would at the same time be part of a great, NATO system,” Mr. Komorowski said.

    • @Jarek :)

      Leftists despise all those who resisted communism. Let’s not forget that Poland is the only nation
      who defeated Soviet Union (1920). In fact toe to toe, one on one Poland always defeated Russia.
      Russians only won when they got Germans involved – happened several times 1795 – 1939.

      In any case Poland is just benefting from 2 decades of amazing economic growth. They should follow
      Israel’s example and take care of themselves. Build up their own defense capabilities and everything
      will be fine.

    • lurk wrote:

      where are they going to fit the screen door?

      At first we were going to fit it on the roof of Romney’s car – next to his strapped down dog. But then we figured Obama will probably claim we “didn’t build that”. So on second thought we are leaving it out of our defense plans. Instead we’ll just offer to install it at the Whitehouse once the next president is chosen – as a present for Americans who make cheap, offensive jokes.

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