Monday, March 10, 2008

Exactly What We Don't Need (Today's edition)

This is why I'd rather just not pay attention to the news some days...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Monday he had agreed the United States would help modernize the Polish military as part of a U.S. plan to base components of a global missile defense shield in Poland.

Bush made the announcement after White House talks with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, whose government had demanded that Washington boost its military assistance in exchange for allowing the basing of 10 missile interceptors in Poland.

"The United States recognizes the need for Polish forces to be modernized," Bush told reporters. He said "before my watch is over" -- he leaves office in January 2009 -- U.S. experts will have assessed those needs.

HEY! Do you think it would be a good idea to modernize our own military? Do you think it would be a good idea to make sure our own troops have the gear they need and the weapons that will protect this country BEFORE you arm and modernize another nation?

In the wake of the dismissal of the US Ambassador to Belarus--you know, that country that sits immediately to the right of Poland--that is under the control of a tyrant right now, the election of a new leader in Russia, and the need for us to modernize out own goddamned military--why is this being done? Who is stupid enough to modernize the Polish military, in light of the fact that they face no threat whatsoever, except for maybe economic sanction from Russia? Do we really need to give the Russians a reason to squeeze Europe on energy prices? Is that our way of going after the Euro?

This isn't diplomacy--this is malpractice.

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