The people of Poland are worried that they may soon have to defend against aggression from Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Some of them are not very confident that NATO will have their back, especially with Barack Obama in the White House.
The article they are referring to was posted to Business Insider earlier this week: Poland Is Preparing For A Potential Russian Invasion
The reporter spoke to an official in the Polish Ministry of Defense who was very blunt about how the Poles view President Obama.
Poles understand that without American leadership there is no NATO in any military sense. Since the onset of Putin’s aggression against Ukraine, those fears have multiplied and there are now many in Warsaw who wonder if Obama would really honor Article 5 in a crisis.
Yesterday I spoke with a top Polish MoD official, a man of sober and strongly pro-American views whom I’ve known for years. Referring to this week’s needless White House crisis with Israel, another American ally who has doubts about the current administration, he noted, “I didn’t need the Beltway media to tell me who the real chickens— is.”
“They really have no idea what they are doing,” he opined about Obama and his national security staff, “and we know it. You have no idea how many promises we’ve been given, even by the President himself, but there’s never any follow-up, it’s all talk. He thinks he’s on Oprah.”
A senior Polish Intelligence official also expressed his opinion.
In a similar vein, a senior Polish intelligence official, another veteran of long collaboration with Washington, DC, expressed his skepticism to me.
“Is it 1939 again? I don’t know,” he explained, “but I think Obama isn’t even a Chamberlain,” citing the British prime minister who left Poland in the lurch at the beginning of World War Two.
Well he did tell the Russians he’d have a lot more flexibility after he got reelected.