Poland is top of the list for the European arm of the US missile defense system.
M&C News reports:
Pentagon experts favour NATO member Poland as a potential location for the overseas portion of the United States National Missile Defence (NMD) project, Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported Saturday quoting sources in Washington.
More?The US-based NMD plan is designed to protect it and fellow NATO defence alliance members plus Japan from a potential nuclear missile attack by rogue states...
Poland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Stefan Meller confirmed last month Poland is 'continuing talks' with the United States on possible participation in its National Missile Defence (NMD), dubbed the 'Son of Star Wars' by critics.
Late last year, Poland's conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz urged public debate on whether Poland should host US missile bases.
Unconfirmed reports alleged Pentagon officials had already been scouting the Tatra mountains in southern Poland for possible missile base sites.
Defense Minister Radek Sikorski admitted some time ago that with Poland’s unpopular participation in the Iraq horror, with the US still refusing to drop the visa requirements for Poles wanting to visit America, getting a positive consensus for the measure might be a ‘hard sell’.
I have to say that I haven’t met many people who seem very concerned about this. In fact, I haven’t noticed much debate among ordinary people about this at all. And given the fact that governments frequently act against the wishes of the electorate, especially on foreign or defense policy, then I really don’t think that the Law and Justice party administration gives a toss about what Jan Kowalski thinks about this.
A few environmentalist might be slightly disturbed to learn, however, that the system could be housed in the beautiful Tatras.
Polish Opposition Questions U.S. Missile Shield Plan, DefenseNews.com, March 7