Poland has a clever president. They have long wanted more of the American military in their country, as security against their neighbors to the east. But all they've been able to get to date is a few thousand troops rotating in and out.
So, Poland's president, Andrzej Duda, has proposed to finance and build a facility for American troops called "Fort Trump," in order to ramp up the U.S. presence there. President Trump is, of course, "considering the proposal." And I can tell you from reading around the web where Trump supporters hang out, they think this is a grand idea.
Now, if a real case can be made that this is in our national interest, that's one thing. But we shouldn't be setting our national defense policy based on stroked egos. It's just plain crazy to say otherwise.
There is a little sticking point, however.
From Fox News:
"A 1997 NATO-Russia agreement technically forbids U.S. or NATO troops from being permanently based in former Warsaw Pact countries, including Poland. Over the summer, the U.S. ambassador to NATO told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” that the Trump administration was considering the move anyway. "
Read the rest of the story at the Fox website ....
"Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: 'Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.' Since then I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: 'Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.'”
-- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, (Edward E. Ericson, Jr., “Solzhenitsyn – Voice from the Gulag,” Eternity, October 1985, pp. 23-4)
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