November 13, 2005


Poland seeks Star Wars missile system (Jang, 11/13/05)

Poland has held talks with the United States about stationing part of its "son of Star Wars" anti-missile defence system on Polish soil, a report said on Saturday.

"Secret negotiations took place last year over the stationing of one of three anti-missile bases in Poland," the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper said. "They would be the only bases of their kind not on American territory," it added, without citing a source. The new conservative government of Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz has already announced its interest in the project, dubbed "son of Star Wars" after the plan first mooted by former US president Ronald Reagan.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 13, 2005 2:11 PM

The Poles are noble and brave souls, but you just can't shake the feeling that things will always go very bad for them.

Maybe if we don't abandon them again, they'll rise to the level of world leadership they deserve.

Posted by: pepys at November 13, 2005 2:43 PM

Just as long as we don't waste any ammunition on missles (from Tehran, I suppose) headed for Berlin, Madrid or Paris.

Posted by: Rick T. at November 13, 2005 3:44 PM

pepsy, there were a lot of Poles where I grew up. Wonderful people. Bush won't give up on them and it's up to us to elect somebody who will continue his policies in '08.

Posted by: erp at November 13, 2005 4:31 PM

pepys & erp,
Both right. the Poles are wonderful people, who as someone said, had the misfortune to be on the highway between Russia and Germany.

Posted by: jdkelly at November 13, 2005 4:56 PM

Poland has a long record of saving the rest of the world--against the Mongols, the Turks, The Communists in 1920, the Nazis, the Communists again, and whatever the future brings.

When I consider Poland's decision to resist Hitler in 1939, dragging Germany into general war four or five years too soon for German weapons devolopment, I am reminded of a scene from The Lord of the Rings, in which King Theoden is told by a retainer that his country cannot possibly defeat the armies of Mordor. "No," he replied, "we cannot. But we will meet them in battle nonetheless."

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 13, 2005 6:41 PM

It's not hard to imagine the Poles would be more than happy to host a base critical to the defense of the US.

Posted by: Mike Earl at November 13, 2005 9:57 PM