This can happen when you adopt a foreign policy of intimidation (neocons take note…):
Poland and the United States reached an agreement Thursday to base American missile interceptors in Poland, the prime minister said, going ahead with a plan that has angered Russia and threatened to escalate tensions with the region’s communist-era master.
Speaking in an interview televised on news channel TVN24, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said the United States had agreed to help augment Poland’s defenses with Patriot missiles in exchange for placing 10 missile defense interceptors in the eastern European country.
”We have crossed the Rubicon,” he said, referring to U.S. consent to meet Poland’s demands.
Poland had been playing hardball with a lame duck Bush administration, but it looks if the Russians helped convince them to make the deal. I wonder if we’re going to give up on the bother of arguing that the missile defense isn’t aimed at the Russians…