Obama has not had a good week vis a vis Poland. First, he insulted Lech Walesa; then he managed to insult the entire nation. In the old days, before we got PC, we would have told a Polish joke . . . about Obama. (Here’s an old, un-PC joke: What do you get when you cross an Italian and a Pole? A person who makes you an offer he can’t understand.)
Has anyone asked why Obama is so hostile to Poland? The obvious reason, of course, is that Poland was the lever the broke the old Soviet Union. (Would that make Walesa Archimedes?) From Obama’s view, that falls into the “Shame on Poland category,” for messing with the great Socialist experiment that was ongoing in that nation. (And who can ever forget that great Russian lab tech, Stalin, who may have said, and certainly believed, that “The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.”)
I wonder, though, whether Obama is also hostile because Poland was one of the most enthusiastic participants in the Gulf War coalition. I’m reading American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. In it, Kyle has nothing but praise for the Polish special forces with whom he worked during the War in Iraq. See, this makes the Poles double plus bad ungood. Not only did they bring down Communism, the also embraced the evil George Bush’s War for Oil in Iraq.