December 23, 2003

THE UNDESERVED ALLIES:

Shafting the Poles (Ralph Peters, December 23, 2003, New York Post)

Poland did have one request - a humble one, in the great scheme of things. Warsaw asked for $47 million to modernize six used, American-built C-130 transport aircraft and to purchase American-built HMMWV all-terrain vehicles so elite Polish units could better integrate operations with American forces. Much of the money would go right back to U.S. factories and workers.

Our response? We stiffed them.

For once, the Pentagon and the State Department agree: No can do. Impossible. Our pocket are empty. Got to FedEx every penny to our favorite dictators.

It's a mistake to over-idealize any nation. But if there's a land of heroes anywhere between the English Channel and the coast of California, it's Poland. Our Polish allies have taken a brave, costly, principled stand for freedom and democracy in Iraq. They desperately want to be seen by Washington as reliable friends in this treacherous world.

The least we could do is to treat them with respect.


There seems no end to the shame we're willing to inflict on ourselves where Poland is concerned.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 23, 2003 11:22 AM
Comments

Isn't this just awesome?And these are the best and brightest who are going to win the War.

Posted by: M. at December 23, 2003 12:43 PM

Wow. That is disgraceful.

Posted by: BJW at December 23, 2003 3:01 PM
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