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“This is what American voters get when they elect to the presidency an underexperienced man weighed down by an oversized ego.”
Walesa Stands Up
Courage: Someone who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for actually doing something just snubbed someone who won it for nothing. But Lech Walesa’s refusal to meet President Obama is also a cry to save Poland.
Lech Walesa, the former Polish president and heroic leader of the Solidarity trade union that helped liberate the entire Eastern European Soviet bloc from communist rule, has his moral courage indelibly engraved in the history books.
At 67, Walesa is a living legend with nothing left to have to prove.
But on Friday, Walesa once again answered the call to duty and announced he would not accept fellow Nobel Peace laureate President Obama’s invitation to meet with him in Poland after the G-8 Summit in France.
The decision makes perfect sense, considering the obvious rationale behind Obama’s Polish visit. Obama is meeting Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk not to help them defend their state against its obvious enemy: Russia under ex-KGB thug Vladimir Putin.
Nor is Obama holding his much-hyped conference with a dozen presidents of formerly communist states to find out how the U.S. can best help keep them from once again being bullied by Moscow.
No, Obama, the White House tells us, is meeting them for advice on how to turn the so-called Arab Spring into a Mideast version of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
That, of course, is the cover story.
Close observers of this president for the two-plus years of his rule know he isn’t interested in listening to the likes of Walesa, any more than he wants to hear the leaders of former Soviet satellite states explain how the low, flat tax rates they adopted in recent years led their nations to double-digit GDP growth.
For the sake of preserving Poland’s hard-fought freedom, Komorowski and Tusk should be joining Walesa in giving Obama the cold shoulder.
The president hadn’t even had a chance to redecorate the Oval Office before he felt the need, in fall of 2009, to appease Moscow by scrapping plans to build a missile defense shield protecting Poland and the Czech Republic from attack by Russia, Iran or any other aggressor.
At the time, the Polish minister of defense said, “This is catastrophic for Poland.”
The message, once again, delivered loud and clear to America’s friends, allies and enemies alike, is that the U.S. can’t be relied on.
This is what American voters get when they elect to the presidency an underexperienced man weighed down by an oversized ego.
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