Remember when Barack Obama capitulated to Russia in 2010 by removing missile launchers in Poland that neared the Russian border?
There’s a new sheriff in town.
On Wednesday, the Polish state news agency PAP reported that Poland’s government will buy the Patriot missile defense system from the U.S.
On Thursday, the Trump administration will announce the agreement; Trump administration officials confirm that Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda will acknowledge they signed a memorandum of understanding regarding an unknown number of Patriot missile systems. Germany and Taiwan have already bought the Patriot system.
Back in March, Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said that by the end of 2017 he planned to sign a contract, valued at less than $8 billion, with Patriot producer Raytheon Company. He said the missile interceptors would be obtained within two years.
During the George W. Bush administration, the U.S. wanted to deploy 10 two-stage Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptors and a highly capable X-band radar to Poland and the Czech Republic. The interceptor missiles were still undergoing testing, but one of the reasons the Bush Administration wanted them deployed in addition to the Russian military threat was the burgeoning missile capacity of Iran.
Obama, of course, who later did all he could to shore up Iran’s nuclear program, said in 2009 that the reason he was removing the missile launchers wasvso the U.S. could concentrate on Iran’s short and medium range missiles, adding that the U.S. would continue its efforts to end Iranian attempts to develop an “illicit nuclear program.”