Mitt Romney's international trip
Was it a wise decision to go to Poland?
- Duration 4:08
- Date Jul 31, 2012
Was it a wise decision to go to Poland?
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After Mitt Romney hosts a fund raising dinner in Israel.
Today he's gonna have to Poland something our next guest says is a very Smart move vice president director of the public policy at.
He Swiss institute and author of Hitler -- and American eyewitnesses to the Nazi rise to power.
Adam rather Andrew fingers can enjoys -- good morning to good morning -- sorry Adam couldn't make that that's right I have a son named Adam so it's okay look at that and I'm channeling your your family.
You say that's this is a very Smart move on.
On part of the Romney camp why well because Poland has been a traditional friend of the United States -- the Cold War.
Polls look to the United States says it has its inspirational place obviously economically but a symbol of freedom.
They love the rhetoric from JFK about liberty they loved Reagan's evil empire talk -- the rest of it here we -- Western Europe was wincing.
They're saying this is a story.
They love the support for solidarity.
And then and then afterwards after the collapse of communism largely triggered by events in Poland.
They were they were welcomed -- to NATO by the Clinton administration but things have been rocky.
For a while even under the Bush Administration there was a sense they -- beginning to beginning to be treated taken for granted but if they've been particularly rocky under the Obama administration came -- if you know and we heard about the the -- for the president made regard.
He referred to a polish death camps they weren't polish -- -- -- there of course German death camps in hockey in not in Germany in Paula -- and occupied Poland.
-- during World War II.
So this was you know -- who is obviously inadvertent but as a slap.
Just credit just like -- with the missile defense and explain the missile defense all right so.
Negated the Obama administration comes into into office decides that it's going to jettison the bush plan for for missile defense where they're a major part of the deployment was to be in Poland.
And you can they argue whether that was a wise decision or not that there are alternative plan whether it's a better or worst plan.
But the worst thing for the polish polish point of view is that they announce this.
On the day which is a seventieth anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland during World War II.
Right yeah of course they were clueless about this I buy -- but you know -- you don't.
You do your homework if it was sloppy -- so.
If if the -- visit to Israel is any indication where he made it very clear that Israel is one of our staunchest best friends in the whole wide world.
You can imagine that when he goes to Poland given the fact that the Obama administration has dropped the ball on so many occasions as you've so expertly detailed.
He's gonna have things to say the polish people that they really wanna hear -- wanna hear it but they're also skeptical at this point because they feel that they they're they feel on the easy about the US relationship.
First of all they can now travel all over the use their part part of the EU they still can't travel the United States for without a visa.
Which is something -- that the Bush Administration nor the Obama administration has fixed yet.
And and they -- also.
They were burned by something else that that was the leaks about the say the -- led the terror interrogation centers in Poland by the CIA.
Which was of course supposed to be secret the polls cooperated.
It got leaked and and and so they feel very distrustful right now of the United States while in Israel mr.
Romney said that Jerusalem was the capital -- and that's something that the Israelis really wanted to hear what's the one thing he could say.
To the polish people that they really want to hear.
Well I think -- he will of course say about the polls struggle for freedom and how much how much the US appreciated but I think they also want to hear.
That in practical terms the US is going to be involved in in Poland.
Helping with the economic crisis it's going to be it's going to finally.
Recognize that Poland is now a a a mature democracy.
And -- that polls can travel freely to the United States and that and that they can be an economic and political military partner all right -- -- in there right now we'll see what happens that.
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