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|07-30-2012, 04:10 PM||#1|
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U.S. Ambassador to Poland Retires
Kiev—Last week’s surprise announcement of U.S. Ambassador to Poland Lee Feinstein’s retirement highlighted a string of policy missteps by the Obama administration that have left many in the Polish government and population questioning Obama’s commitment to the two nations’ alliance.
Steven D. Mull, who served as ambassador to Poland from 1993-97 and was also part of the team that negotiated Poland’s entry into NATO, will replace Feinstein, who reportedly had a falling out with the Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski.
Conversations with Poles reveal that they feel as if President Obama values his “re-set” in relations with Moscow more than relations with Warsaw.
“To put it plainly, on Obama’s list of priorities, Poland is obviously lower than whale ####,” said one Polish defense industry official. “We are further down that list than that stuff laying at the bottom of the ocean.”
Meanwhile, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney traveled to the European nation Monday and Tuesday for the final leg of his tour of Europe in order to remind people of “U.S. support of Poland as a captive nation during the Cold War,” Romney adviser Ian Brzezinski told McClatchy newspapers.
The list of Polish grievances is extensive.
Shortly after, Obama decided to cancel plans to place a ballistic missile defense installation on the territory of Poland. “Americans have always cared only about their interests, and all other [countries] have been used for their purposes. This is another example,” former Polish president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Wałęsa told Polish TV in reaction.
Then, in May of this year, during a ceremony in honor of the deceased resistance fighter and Georgetown professor Jan Karski, Obama referred to German extermination camps such as Auschwitz and Treblinka as “Polish death camps.”
Opinion Poles | Washington Free Beacon
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