By Helle Dale
The Washington Times
February 6, 2008
Last week brought the good news that an unfortunate dispute between the United States and one of its best allies in Europe found the promise of a resolution. After meetings with officials in Washington, Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski stated that the U.S. and Polish governments had reached an agreement in principle on plans to install a U.S. missile defense system on Polish territory, one dealing with Polish security concerns. It is an important step forward on an issue that had become dangerously stalled and a serious problem between allies whose close relationship predates the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Forward progress is critical to protecting Europe and the United States from long-range missile attack. Existing radar installations in the United Kingdom and Greenland are involved, as well as planned radar in Czech Republic and the interceptors planned for installation in Poland.