Thursday, November 12, 2009

Poland turns to Europe ... and to France

Judah Grunstein notes that one consequence of Obama's decision not to proceed with antimissile deployment in Eastern Europe is that Poland is turning toward EU defense. And there is a Franco-Polish defense agreement. To quote Judah:

It's worth noting that this is where French President Nicolas Sarkozy's decision to reintegrate the NATO command really pays dividends, by cutting off the predictable accusations of French efforts to undermine NATO at the pass. What's more, many of the European priorities the declaration identifies (increasing strategic airlift, helicopter fleet and maritime projection) will improve Europe's ability to contribute to NATO missions. Others -- increased industrial cooperation to generate a true European defense market -- will clearly threaten the U.S. defense industry's commercial interests.


Tom Holzman said...

I hope this agreement will work better for the Poles than the last one.

Anonymous said...

Bravo! Could the end of that fossil NATO be far behind? I encourage Europe to take more steps to take care of itself.