On September 17, 2009, President Barack Hussein Obama officially announced that he would abandon the Eastern European missile-shield defense program, thus scrapping the treaties that President George W. Bush had signed with Poland and the Czech Republic. The decision drew deep expressions of dismay from the governments of both countries.
Real Clear Politics “Catastrophic for Poland” is how a spokeswoman at the Polish Ministry of Defense described the suspension of the program. Mirek Topolanek, the former Czech prime minister who had gone out on a limb with his own electorate by signing the missile-defense treaty two years ago, interpreted the decision as another sign that “the Americans are not interested in this territory as they were before.”
He added ruefully that “this is not good news for the Czech state, for Czech freedom and independence.” Lech Walesa, the former president of Poland and founder of Solidarity, observed with bitterness: “I can see what kind of policy the Obama administration is pursuing toward this part of Europe. The way we are being approached needs to change.”
It was, after all, under GW Bush the U.S. that had asked Poland and the Czech Republic to host components of a defense system designed to protect against long-range ballistic missiles from Iran and other rogue states.
Thankfully, now that Donald Trump is president, Obama’s betrayals are being reversed. President Trump’s recent meeting with the president of Poland showed the deepening of ties between the two nations in the energy and military sectors.