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I see far more negative than positive about this. IF Russia could be bothered, either country would be history in a very short time, with or without the batteries? Alternately, if it was felt Europe needed an umbrella of this kind, it should be a NATO decision and a NATO deployment, of which they are both members.
Canât help feeling itâs no more than a couple of minor States trying to raise their self-perceived significance on the world stage. âRogue missilesâ from Iraq? That, unless they were going via the Antarctic, would pass over all or some of Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Greece â all NATO members â to get to or pass over Poland or Czecho. Of course, there might be a sneak attack from Korea using their stealth ICBMs?
I think Putin should do a deal with Canada, they have a sense of humour.
What, small, relatively insignificant countirwes trying to gain a greater standing on the world stage by playing on a close military/security relationship with Uncle Sam? Funny idea, it'll never catch on...
Seriously, mnay smaller countries in dangerous neighbourhouds (e.g. Bahrain, Qatar) save themselves a lot of bother and military spending by hosting US bases.
Yeah, Russiaâs not much cop, couldnât even conquer Afghanistan, unlike everyone elseâ¦â¦
Quite right Andy, as well as saving on defence spending, (Poland would spend on a missile defence network?), inviting the sword of Uncle Spam onto your turf will bring plenty greenbacks, nylons, Hershey Bars, King Ed Imperials, CoâCola, Jack Daniels and countess stooges to rip-off with genuine 2007 made eastern block âantiquesâ, or trade in equally ridiculous deals for PX goods. However, as swords tend to be double edged, downside is when the Stars and Stripes goes up your trousers are expected to come down, and their flying circus is free to reduce your population.
But, if Poland doesnât get this past their electorate, theyâve always got the cavalry?
Despite fierce public opposition, center-right governments in Poland and the Czech Republic are determined to push through plans to site a U.S. missile defense system and thus tie Washingtonâs interests to their region.
Let's translate it from political English to usual one
Acting according to the principles of Western democracy (e.g. ignoring public opinion) governments in Poland and the Czech Republic being bri... engouraged by their Americam teachers are ready to obey any order from Washington.
The system would be part of a multi-billion-dollar scheme to counter "rogue regimes", such as North Korea.
Indeed, if Russia closes gas-pipes then I fancy the missiled could be used to produce natural gas.
"This system would be no use against any concerted attack (from Russia). Russia has hundreds of missiles and could easily overwhelm both countries.
Williams said a calculation that Warsaw and Prague were among the most likely governments to accept the system was one of the key reasons they were selected by Washington.