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  • A Slap in the Face to Poland?

    As we reported yesterday morning, it now seems all but certain that the Obama Administration has abandoned our anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. This is a terrible decision that reduces NATO’s security, encourages Iran to proceed full speed ahead with its nuclear program, kowtows to Russian pressure, and stabs our Polish and Czech allies in the back, after they made the difficult decision to support us.

    And now the administration appears to have added insult to injury. World War II began on September 1, 1939, when Germany attacked Poland. That was seventy years ago. One of the most significant commemorations of the war will be held on September 1, 2009, at Westerplatte, Poland. Westerplatte is a peninsula near the city of Gdask, which was then known as Danzig. By the terms that ended World War I, Danzig was a largely German-populated Free City under the control of the League of Nations. Early in the morning of September 1, a German surprise attack launched from Danzig failed to overrun a small Polish garrison, which held out against overwhelming force for a week and inflicted hundreds of casualties. The battle is to Poland what Pearl Harbor is to the United States.

    There will be many representatives at the Westerplatte ceremonies: the German Chancellor, the Russian Prime Minister, the British and French Foreign Secretaries, and many other foreign ministers or prime ministers. On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department could only say – with the ceremony only five days away – that the U.S. would send “an appropriately senior person” to be announced by the White House.

    But the Polish press is reporting that the U.S. will not send a senior representative. Polish Radio quotes the Prime Minister of Poland as saying that “Some countries are not sending high-level delegations. This is true of the United States as well.” The head of the Prime Minister’s office stated that, because of the low level of the U.S. delegation, no American would be asked to speak, and added cuttingly that “I would not attach a great importance to the fact that one country will not be represented by a member of the current administration.”

    This morning’s report from Poland that the U.S. representative will be William Perry, one of President Clinton’s Defense Secretaries, adds weight to the previous Polish reports. It is no comment on Perry’s record of support for NATO and for its Partnership for Peace program to recognize that, as an official who left office twelve years ago, the delegation he leads will be very junior compared to those from Germany, Russia, Britain, and the other attendees.

    The nation most responsible for the liberation of Poland was Poland itself, which after four partitions and fifty years of German slavery and Russian bondage never abandoned the desire for freedom. As Winston Churchill rightly said, Poland was like a rock “which may for a time be submerged by a tidal wave, but which remains a rock.” The Vatican, led by Pope John Paul II, also has immense claims to the title of defender of Polish liberties.

    But neither Polish efforts nor those of the Vatican would have availed without the support, moral and material, of the United States. The cause of Poland was particularly near to the heart of President Ronald Reagan, and the assistance he authorized to Solidarity was vital to its survival and, after years of struggle, its complete victory over the Communist and Soviet dominated regime.

    And it was Poland’s resistance, more than that of any other nation, that cracked the will of the Soviets to fight for their eastern empire, and that destroyed any remaining belief in the West that Soviet domination in Eastern Europe possessed popular support or moral legitimacy. Poland paid a terrible price in this struggle: World War II began in Westerplatte, but, for Poland and all Eastern Europe, it did not end until the fall of the Berlin Wall, fifty years later.

    If the United States does not send a senior administration figure to Westerplatte, it will be a shameful embarrassment, highlighted by the fact that the two leading statesmen there will be representing Germany and Russia. The occasion is significant, Poland has been an important American ally since the end of the Cold War, and the American absence is already being commented upon in the harshest possible terms in Poland.

    Not every Pole was for missile defense, but everyone in Poland suffered from the war and its long aftermath. To refuse to pay senior tribute to them would be an insult, and will only be interpreted as a statement that the U.S., while it cares a great deal about Russian sensibilities on missile defense, cares not at all about Poland. Not only do we appear to have stabbed them in the back on missile defense and slapped them in the face over World War II, we have not brought them – alone among their democratic neighbors – into the Visa Waiver Program, a failure that will go far to lose us any chance of winning the friendship of younger Poles.
    All of this is a fine way to keep on doing what this administration has already done far too much of: alienating our friends while kowtowing to our enemies.

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    23 Responses to A Slap in the Face to Poland?

    1. Jack, Washington DC says:

      Don't be surprised if Polish troops in Afghanistan are pulled back from the front lines and into safe zones (like German troops) or if they pull out all together. Why should Poland continue to go out on a limb for the US, when the US does not respect or appreciate it?

    2. Jan Lipski, Warsaw. says:

      It may be the case that the Polish troops in Afghanistan stay in their camps "due to security reasons". As I understand, the reason Washington sends no senior official is avoiding the questions of the shield and the Patriot missile interceptors (installation of which in Poland was included in the agreement a year ago). But this means BHO's administration does not take the US-Polish alliance seriously. Surely not every Pole is for the missile shield, but most view the increase of American presence in the country a sure security policy. In fact, Poland has shown it is a loyal ally of the US and had nothing in return – neither militarily nor visa-wise. The question is, however, whether Poland is still useful to the US.

    3. jacob, pozna?- polan says:

      Greetings

      There was recently an opinion poll in one of our weekly current affairs magazine. The support for USA and it's politics around the globe is steadly declining in polish socity. In the begining of the '90-ties almost 90% of Poles supported USA. Now the figure is belowe 60%. There are sevral factors which led to this:

      1. One sided commitment. My fellow countrymen see that despite constant support for USA. We had significant troops in Iraq till last year, we have troops in Afghanistan, our support for America is not rewarded, like for example that of Turkey and Egypt.

      2. Weapons contracts. We bought F-16 Falcons as our new standard multi-role aircraft. The decision was puerly political, as the competitors were providing equal, if even better planes ( swedish Grippen and french Mirage 2000). We choose the American product. There were hopes for military aid. Nothing has happened.

      3. The shield. For my country it is a matter of national security. Allowing the building of the shield outrages one of our nieghbours ( Russia ) and displeases other ( EU member states ). We signed the treaty with USA and coped with the reaction of nieghbours. Now we hear that it USA won't be building the shield. We fell being used in someone's power politics and woresened our relations with Russia for nothing. Pacta sund servanda, as Romans said.

      4. Last Ameriacn folly. On 1 st of September we are commemoratig the 70 th anniversary of begining of World War II. There will be a huge gathering of political figures, both the former agressors and allies. The ceremony is to show how things have changed over the years and how reconciliation is possible. We are firends and allies with our former foes i.e. the Germans. Heads of state will be arriving. Including chancelor Angela Merkel, prime minister Putin will be present aswell. USA had great impact on the resolution of that war. For my country this day is very important, as we stood first against Hitler's armies. Also it is the commemoration of the blodiest conflict in human history and the USA is sending Mr. William Perry- former defense secretary ( he held his post 12 years ago ). This is treated as an insult by many poles.

      USA might find itself in a few years yet with another Anti-american or at least Usa-sceptic country and with Poland the rest of Central-Eastern Europe. Our part of world is not important in USA affairs. We dont want much, little respect and partnership with a bit of military support to modernize our Army is enough. That shouldnt be much for a country, which spends milions each day in Iraq and Afhanistan

    4. DANIEL CABRERA, MERR says:

      Oh! yeah! ,…a slap alright,….how about this one?…(and I bet my shoes that the infiltrated lefties posing as moderators for this blog will not post it),….SO HOW ABOUT THIS SLAP?;__

      THIS IS WHY- THE OBAMA GANG IS A GROUP OF WELL ORGANIZED ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE / ENEMIES OF THE STATE….A BAND OF TRAITORS!;____

      Just check this one out;-

      Obama Officially Abandons Missile Defense in Europe

      Posted August 27th, 2009 at 12.45pm in Protect America.

      According to the Polish daily, Gazeta Wyborcza, sources in the United States have confirmed that the Obama administration has made the decision to abandon our anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic____

      Got that everyone?, clear enough?, need more prrof?,….well, look around nd do your own homework,…do not take my words for it, just see it for yourself,…INVESTIGATE, RESEARCH, ANALYZE!

      OBAMA AND HIS GANG are not selling the country to the enemies, instead,…they are GIVING AWAY THE COUNTRY FOR FREE ! TO THE ENEMIES.

      It takes low ammount of gray matter inside in the skull (perhaps just 25 neurons would do the trick ) to understand that if we continue weakening our national defenses / our military power sooner than we can think, we will be wipe-out by outside forces.But in fact, they are 'inside forces' (fifth columnists or spies/operatives ) in the inside to team-up WITH THE OUTSIDE ONES TO TOTALLY DECIMATE OUR COUNTRY !

      In short; – as soon Iran have capability to delivery a nuke to Israel ( via missile or in a coca-cola can) they will perpetrate the attack;….and as for us here in american soil the scenario is not looking as best,… for we have ENEMIES OF THE STATE IN THE INSIDE (TRAITORS ) PLOTING /COLABORATING WITH THE ENEMIES IN THE INSIDE.

      THIS IS THE 'TROJAN HORSE FACTOR'…this corrupted admininstration is loaded with that kind of individuals. They have to be IDENTIFIED, UNCOVERED , PRESENTED TO THE PUBLILC, REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH REAL TRUE PATRIOTS THAT CAN DEFEND THIS COUNTRY IN ALL TERMS !

      It sound like science fiction?,….too speculative?,….movie-like script?,….THINK AGAIN ! LOOK AROUND HOW EXTREMELY DIFFERENT THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OUR IS TURNING AS RESULT OF A HUGE PATHETIC MISTAKE BY A FRAUDULLENT ELECTION OUTCOME.

      Perhaps this is the moment when many people that now understand they had been cheated many times over, …victimized ferocioulsy by DECEPTION AND FALSE PROMISES THROUGH A NICE AND ELEGANT SPEECHES,…NOW I THINK THOSE ONES, WANT TO HAVE A TIME MACHINE TO GO BACK IN TIME AND UNDO THEIR SORRY MISTAKE.

      And how your day is going so far?

      Daniel Cabrera

      Merrillville,Indiana

    5. Micha? Wi?niewski says:

      USA, under new democratic president just revised previous politics and stated, that this region is secure. Obama doesn’t need “allies” because he changed american policy and focused on domestic affairs. “Pax Americana” – idea that was implemented by american right was sent to past history. Obama doesn’t need us – and it’s quite logical. Democrats don’t need us. Yes, we fight arm to arm in Iraq. We, Poles stand together with USA when european left accused USA with imperialism and was against politics implemented by Bush administration.

      There will be a lot of dissapointment in Poland and people here are talking, that we was wrong. That close ties with USA was one of biggest mistakes in our policy.

      I don’t think so. Many things changed. Of course – we had close relations with “USA” but we have to remember – new policy is created by democrats and Obama. USA had bad relations with european countries when these countries were ruled by politics from the left side (Shroeder) or by anti-american nationalists (Chirac). Now we see – that all these mistakes could be fixed in easy way. Merkel and Sarkozy are now close friends of USA.

      So we in Poland just have to wait till the time when neoconservatives and american right will come back to power.

      I’m sure that all these bad things could be repaired and Poland will be still close ally of USA and we would work togehter.

      Michal Wisniewski, Poland, Europa 21 – polish neoconservative foundation

    6. Art, Charlotte NC says:

      Jack, I strongly agree with you, but right now Poland needs the US more that the US needs Poland. After all, history proves that Poland can't count on any European allies. Poland's military most be upgraded and modernized first.

    7. Michael Karnowka, NY says:

      Why is anyone surprised? The Obama admnstration hasn't been n power for evn one year, and they've already manage to undo all that the Bush adminstration accomplshed. By this tme next year, Reagan's accomplishments will be done away with. The cost of an obliterated city will certainly be far more than the total cost of missle defense. Sadly, there are those in the current administration that would interpret an attack on the US or her Allies as something that was deserved for some imagined delusional offense. Our worst days are ahead of us, I'm afraid to say….

    8. Lech Alex Bajan, Arl says:

      On September 1, 1939, at 04:45 local time 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II at Westerplatte Poland with no American Delegation. Where is president Obama, Vice President Biden or Secretary of state Hillary Clinton?

      Polish American Community and people of Poland one of the US strongest allied are outrage that US is not sending high ranking delegation to this event.

      70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II at Westerplatte will be attended by German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin and other 69 Heads of States and Governments will Participante.Among those expected to be present at the Westerplatte monument on 1 September are also the prime ministers of Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, the Baltic states, Finland, as well as European Parliament president Jerzy Buzek. France and the UK, which were Poland's allies in 1939, will be represented by foreign ministers Bernard Kouchner and David Miliband.

      But not from United States of America

      To the entire world Westerplatte ( the Polish Thermopile ) in Poland is like Pearl Harbor to American people.

      Westerplatte (1967) part03 [English Subtitles] Polish war movie

      Clips from CBC mini documentary about Poland's contribution to the war effort. Polish pilots of the RAF. Betrayal of Poland by Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin.

      Over the course of the violent engagement some 2,600 German soldiers fought against the 205-strong garrison of stalwart Poles. The exact number of German casualties has never been disclosed, but is assumed to be quite high in comparison to the Polish figures – of the 205 Polish soldiers defending the outpost, only 14 perished (including the Polish radio operator, later executed for refusing to divulge radio codes to the German side) while 53 were wounded.

      On September 1, 1939, at 04:45 local time, as Germany began its invasion of Poland, Schleswig-Holstein started to shell the Polish garrison. This was followed by a repelled attack by German naval infantry. Another two assaults that day were repelled as well. Over the coming days, the Germans repeatedly bombarded Westerplatte with naval and heavy field artillery along with dive-bombing raids by Junkers Ju 87 Stukas. Repeated attacks of 3500 German soldiers were repelled by the 180 Polish soldiers for seven days. Major Henryk Sucharski had been informed that no help from the Polish Army would come but still he decided to defend to relieve attacks on Polish coast – most of the German forces were engaged in the attacks on Westerplatte. On September 7th Major Henryk Sucharski decided to surrender due to lack of ammunition and supplies. As a sign of honor for the soldiers of Westerplatte, German commander, Gen. Eberhardt, allowed Mjr. Sucharski to keep his officer's sword while being taken prisoner.

      Westerplatte Defenders Repulse Attacks From Sea, Air and Land; 70 to 200 Polish 'Suicide Troops' Shatter Two German Attempts to Storm Fortress After Plane and Ship Bombardments.

      A band of Polish soldiers who for six days fought a "battle of the Alamo" under constant German siege today surrendered Westerplatte Fortress in Danzig Harbor, where the first shot of the European war was fired, according to announcement in Berlin

      Westerplatte – il cimitero dei soldati caduti durante i combattimenti nel settembre 1939. Al centro la lapide del comandante, il maggiore Henryk Sucharski. L'avamposto militare di Westerplatte, secondo i piani strategici di difesa, doveva resistere al nemico soltanto 12 ore in attesa dell'arrivo dei soccorsi. Aveva invece resistito sette giorni agli attacchi furiosi della nave corazzata "Schlezwig-Holstein", della fanteria e delle forze aeree tedesche.

      Sep 1, 1939 – Am 1. September 1939, einen Tag nachdem der Senat die Verdienstmedaille Danziger Kreuz beschlossen hatte, beschoss die Wehrmacht die Westerplatte, und im Gefecht um das Polnische Postamt in Danzig? wurde dieses Gebäude erstürmt. Zudem trafen Truppen der.

      Sep 1, 1939 – Pouco faltava para as cinco da manhã de 1 de Setembro de 1939, quando o couraçado alemão Schleswig-Holstein, ancorado na foz do Vístula no interior da Cidade Livre de Gda?sk começou a bombardear a guarnição militar polaca em Westerplatte.

      Sep 2, 1939 – "The commander in chief greets the gallant garrison at Westerplatte and expects every man to stick to his sanguinary post." BY ANDREAS BACKER. I … The call for sacrifice was directed at the "suicide battalion" which mans the Polish munitions dump of Westerplatte off Danzig harbor.

      Sep 4, 1939 – After three days of bombardment from sea and air, a little Polish garrison still held the Westerplatte munitions base in Danzig Harbor tonight. … Thirty airplanes dropped between fifty and sixty bombs on the Westerplatte yesterday, but the Poles still retaliated with machine-gun fire.

      Sep 7, 1939 – When this writer left the Nazi-held city of Danzig yesterday morning a small force of Polish soldiers–between 70 and 200 of them–still resisted valiantly in Westerplatte fortress after four days of a fierce siege. Machine-gun fire from the Polish garrison shattered completely two …

      Sep 8, 1939 – A band of Polish soldiers who for six days fought a "battle of the Alamo" under constant German siege today surrendered Westerplatte Fortress in … The Schleswig-Holstein steamed into position early is the day; trained her gone on the Westerplatte and blasted away: All that , day the …

      Sep 10, 1939 – They were aimed at the Westerplatte, a small Polish fortress, on a Danzig peninsula.. For nearly a week after Danzig had been proclaimed by Adolf Hitler a part of the Reich and German troops had occupied the city, the Polish garrison of the Westerplatte held out. …

      Today the ruins of the barracks and two blockhouses – the only structures on the island – still remain. One of the blockhouses has been converted into a museum commemorating the battle and those who fought there, with two shells from the Schleswig-Holstein ironically propping the entrance. A placid 25m tall stone monument now marks the site of this infamous exchange that preceded the levelling of Gdansk's Old Town and sparked a worldwide conflict that would result in immeasurable suffering (particularly in Poland). Though it is outside the city, Westerplatte is a worthwhile venture for anyone visiting Gdansk; like so many sights in Poland, it is haunted by it's troubling history in the face of a beautiful natural environment.

      Gdansk's picturesque Westerplatte peninsula has the unhappy distinction of being the site of the official start of the Second World War. A small forested island separated from Gdansk by the harbour channel, Westerplatte was established as a Polish military outpost during the interwar period, equipped with one 75mm field gun, two 37mm antitank guns (slightly mystifying for a coastal defense), four mortars and several medium machine guns, but lacking any true fortifications. By the autumn of 1939, the Polish garrison occupying Westerplatte comprised of 182 soldiers expected to withstand a potential attack for twelve hours.

      In late August, 1939, under the suspect pretense of an amiable courtesy visit, the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein dropped anchor in the channel off Westerplatte and on September 1, at exactly 04:45 local time, began it's barrage of the Polish outpost with its superior 280 and 150mm guns. Thus began Germany's invasion of Poland, igniting the powderkeg that would explode into World War II.

      Expecting an easy victory, the German offensive was sternly repelled by Polish small arms and machine gun fire, and suffered unexpected losses during two more assaults upon Westerplatte the same day. The only Polish 75mm gun was destroyed after discharging 28 shells into the German position across the channel. Despite a German naval infantry invasion, sustained bombardment by heavy artillery and diving airraids from German warplanes, the Polish garrison repulsed the Germans for seven days, before the depleted unit, suffering from exhaustion, severe injury and a shortage of food, water, ammunition and medical supplies, was forced to surrender on September 7th.

      A Song of the Soldiers of Westerplatte

      Boleslaw Prus

      When their days had been filled

      and it was time to die in the summer,

      They went straight to heaven in a coach-and-four,

      the soldiers of Westerplatte.

      (Summer was beautiful that year.)

      They sang: "Ah, ‘tis nothing

      that our wounds were so painful,

      for now it is sweet to walk

      the heavenly fields."

      (On earth that year there was plenty of heather for bouquets.)

      In Gdansk we stood like a wall

      in defiance of the German offensive,

      now we soar among the clouds,

      we soldiers of Westerplatte.

      Those with keen sense of sight

      and sound are said to have heard

      in the clouds the measured step

      of the Maratime Batallion.

      This was the song they heard: "We'll

      take advantage of the sunshine

      and bask in the warm days

      in the heather fields of paradise.

      But when the cold wind blows

      and sorrow courses the earth,

      We'll float down to the center of Warsaw,

      The soldiers of Westerplatte."

      -translated by Walter Whipple

      1st September 1939

      At 04.30 Stuka dive-bombers prematurely bombed the bridge at Tczew in the Pomeranian Corridor. SS troops dressed in Polish uniforms attacked the radio station at Gleiwitz and broadcast inflammatory statements urging Polish minorities to take up arms against Hitler. For a touch of realism, several bodies of concentration inmates dressed in Polish uniforms, were left behind as 'evidence' for journalists (Zaloga and Madej, 1991) to report on.

      The Free City of Danzig was heavily shelled and bombed, inflicting heavy casualties upon the civilian population and military coastal defences or navy flotillas. In Danzig, the defenders, particularly civilian volunteers were shot. The Army Pomorze faced the 4th Army whose tactic was to isolate them in the north from the rest of the Polish Forces and then link up with the Third Army and attack Warsaw.

      Daylong fighting produced at times, scenes of sheer heroism. The Pomorska Cavalry Brigade had been in contacts with the German 20th Motorized Infantry Division. Colonel Masterlarz had half the unit mount up and attempted a surprise attack from the rear. Catching an infantry battalion by surprise in a woodland clearing, the sabre attack wiped them out. Legends and myths were borne of cavalry units taking on armoured vehicles. However, what is forgotten, is that the cavalry units carried anti-tank weapons for rapid deployment (Zaloga and Madej, 1991).

      On the Prussian Front the German Third Army broke through defences to the north of Warsaw. Ground attacks started at 05.00 and aimed to knock out the heavy fortifications at Mlawa. It was on this front that the Polish Mazowiecka Cavalry Brigade had a number of sabre clashes with the German First Cavalry Brigade (Zaloga and Madej,1991) thus marking an end to mounted warfare. The Polish Special Operational Group Narew had virtually no contacts with German forces due to the restraining action of the Polish Third Army and therefore effectively denied rapid gains on this front.

      The heaviest fighting took place in the Southwest, a front covered by Army Lodz and further south, Army Krakow. Army Poznan in the centre saw little action or contact on the first day of fighting. The German Eighth and Tenth Armies pushed through the massive densely forested areas with major infantry clashes en route. The Wolynska Cavalry Brigade successfully countered attacks by the German 4th Panzer Division whose poor co-ordination in attack delayed advance and lost equipment. This front was geographicaly the most diverse and faced the largest concentration of mechanized troops. The heaviest fighting was around the industrial zone of Katowice. In the south, the 44th and 45th Infantry Divisions attacked throught the Jablonkow Pass near Karwina and Cieszyn which were lightly defended. In the southern mountainous area, the XXII Panzer Corps attacked just below Nowy Targ at the Dunajec river which was defended by the 1st KOP Regiment and National Guard Zakopane Battalion. Army Krakow was forced to commit support to stem the attack which was temporarily held.

      Outflanked and harassed by German guerrilla units, Army Krakow had to deal with a large number of armed German units set up by the Abwehr to carry out sabotage.

      Once the Germans broke through the various fronts, poor communications impeded any chance of reforming on a grand scale. From the 10th until 18th September Polish units were able to reform quickly and still were able to harass and inflict serious damage. For field commanders like Anders, confusion and contradictory orders added to the pain and humiliation of the inevitable defeat. Units attempted to move south-east despite heavy co-ordinated artillery bombardments. Soldiers and civilians who were able to bear arms bravely defended and resisted for as long as possible as they moved behind the Vistula. Encirclement began and 60,000 troops were destroyed at Radom. Partisan units were organized and regular army units kept moving southeast in order to gain supplies of food and munitions and regroup to avoid annihilation once the Russians entered the war on 17th September.

      Field commanders moved as many of the remnants of the army to an escape route which led to Romania and Hungary . Units breached German lines on 22nd September before Soviet troops blocked all routes. Poland finally fell on the 6th October as the last organized resistance was crushed at Hel and Kock. Zaloga and Madej (1991) estimated the Germans took 587,000 prisoners and the Soviets 200,000. Anders (1949) estimated between 200 – 300,000 escaped into Romania and Hungary through the Dukla Pass. Those who were caught by the Soviets may have been far higher (Anders, 1949). Fiedotov, an NKVD general estimated it to be nearer 475,000. However, if all those arrested including White Russians, Jews and political prisoners, the number was between 1.5 and 1.6m people. Transported to the Gulags, few survived.

      One of Poland's greatest gifts towards the war effort was to have captured an Ultra machine (Stafford, 1997) early in the conflict. The true value of this encryption machine was instantly recognised by Polish and French code-breakers. Unfortunately, true recognition of its significance came later and the thanks given to the Poles hardly covers couple of sentences in either archives or in historical text..

    9. fb Washington DC says:

      Once Poland sae that the US wanted to put the missile shield there, Poland barked orders and ultimatums continuously. Poland tried to be a big shot when they thought they had a little power. It was disgusting. So now they do not have to worry about it anymore ! :)). And also there is really revisionist history about Poland in the article. ood for people that were not alive during WW2 in Poland. Please !!

    10. Zenek, European Unio says:

      The most annoying issue, for us, Poles, is: lack of visa-free travel to USA, so that we can't go freely to trade shows, conferences and meetings. While George W. Bush had an excuse – senate and congress were controlled by Democratic Party, now Obama has no such excuse as now Democrats control presidency administration, senate and congress.

      It is that simple to recover good relationship of USA with Poland: let Poland join visa-waiver NOW NOW NOW. Lack of this visa-free movement is now particularly visible because Poles can live and work visa-free in 27 countries of EU and few other EU-associated countries, but not in USA.

      If visa-waiver for Poland will not be introduced quickly by USA, Poles will sympathize with Iran (like in Iran, over 95% of people in Poland are deeply religious, albeit different religion) and with anybody else, but not with USA.

      By giving visa-waiver to all other countries in region, including Lithuania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, but not to Poland, USA practically stubbed a knife in heart of Poles. And we feel that pain now deeply.

      I am crying.

    11. Pat-San Antonio says:

      This is typical of this administration to seek out new and extremly left of center alliances and throw away our former allies. Indeed what a slap in the face to Poland by this administration.

    12. Francis Skrobiszewsk says:

      What an astounding affront to one of US' staunchest allies and a demonstrable ignorance of history and the values that made America great. President Bush called me to the White House in July 1989 to discuss economic strategy for supporting Polish transformation before his historic trip to Poland, and I was there with him again in November to greet Lech Walesa on the weekend the Berlin Wall fell. The Obama Administration could have at least sent someone of Pres. Bush's stature! That is all window-dressing though, the real concerns are the substantive things this Administration is doing, like backtracking on strategic defense initiatives with the Poles and Czechs, that undermine America's credibility in the world. It is frightening, and I fear we will pay a heavy price in the future for such failure to stand by correct principles.

    13. Ross writes, Braden says:

      No surprise, Democrat administrations have a long and sad track-record concerning their foreign policy weaknesses and backtracking on strategic defense initiatives or other important treaties. They just seem to have a hard time remembering which side they're on.

      The last Democrat president with even a fair grasp and understanding of foreign policy was JFK, but that was because he was shot early in his term, before he could mess it up. So LBJ did it for him. As have Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and now Hussein Obama(the worst of the lot).

    14. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      I think we are missing the facts. It's not the

      United States abandoning Poland. It's Obama! Just another nail in our coffin driven by Obama and his

      desire to destroy this country.

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    16. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      The post turtles handlers are not freedom lovers they are communist of the worst stripe We must stop them or the USA will be in worse shape than india in 3.5 years

    17. George, Tiger ,Ga. says:

      I am so glad that many others feal like I do. May God bless each and ever one of you.

    18. Pawel - Warsaw, Pola says:

      May I refer you to an article on an English-language website about Poland that talks about the same subject in a ssimilar way.

      http://polandian.home.pl/index.php/2009/08/30/9-0

      It's a hint to how the absence of Mr Obama in Westerplatte is seen in Poland.

    19. John Roane Sarasota says:

      This President and his administration seem to have little concern for countries that are Jewish or Catholic. Why is that? Is it his up bring, education, his associations or all the above?

    20. Micha? says:

      Zenek. I would not compare Poland to Iran. Ours religion is completely different than theirs religion. Back to topic. We do not need US, we need to learn hot to think independently. Not like we did in our past.

    21. Paul Kahn, Milltown, says:

      As an American citizen who was born on May 8th, the day WWII ended, and having had my father and uncle serve in combat during the war, I have a strong bond to WWII. I applaud the contribution that the Polish government in exile made in the prosecution of the war, and I am ashamed of the current Obama Administration for essentially ignoring the historic date and significane of September 1, 2009, the 70th anniversary of the start of WWII. The sacrifices made by so many millions of people during WWI is not something he wants to recall, perhaps because he regrets the outcome of the war.

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