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U.S. Presidential Candidate Praises Poland, Criticizes Russia

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers foreign-policy remarks at the University of Warsaw on July 31.
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers foreign-policy remarks at the University of Warsaw on July 31.
On a visit to Warsaw, U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney praised Poland as a model of democratic and economic transformation after the fall of communism more than 20 years ago.

Romney, who will challenge President Barack Obama in this November's U.S. election, on July 31 compared the situation in NATO and European Union member Poland to that in neighboring Russia.

"In Russia, once promising advances toward a free and open society have faltered. In a turbulent world, Poland stands as an example and a defender of freedom," Romney said.

Romney met with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski.

Romney earlier visited U.S. allies Britain and Israel during his overseas tour, which was aimed at strengthening his foreign policy credentials.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
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by: Gordon Ball from: Ottawa Canada
July 31, 2012 17:10
Poland is accepting American missiles.
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by: Marko from: USA
July 31, 2012 22:05
"...promising advances to a free and open society..." I always find such comments (oft repeated) from our elites regarding Russia in the 1990s fascinating. I can see many things about Russia in the 1990s that were promising from a (self-interested and short-term) American POV. What though was promising from a Russian point of view? Was it the economic collapse where GDP declined by 50%? Was it the widespread and massive impoverishment that followed the establishment of an economic system overseen by US economists? Was it the accumulation of massive debts (including the appallingly stupid acceptance by Yeltsin's Russia of the ENTIRE Soviet debt) and the shattering 1998 default? Was it the plundering of Russian energy and other natural resources by Western transnationals and Russian oligarchs in a series of incredibly disadvantageous and corrupt deals? Was it the catastrophic demographic collapse with an average male life expectancy that fell into the 50s and tens of millions of "excess deaths"? Was it the generally semi-colonized nature of Russian society? Was it the "more $%^* for your face situation" in foreign policy and the general national and international state of humiliation for the country? Was it the violent spiral toward further disintegration of the Russian Federation? Was it the drunken, buffoonish and unbelievably inept leadership of the US-backed Boris Yeltsin? Was it the wonderful democratic elections in those days (remember Yeltsin "won" in 1996 with a 4% approval rating but WITH the backing of a corrupted oligrachic press, a crack team of US spin doctors, and billions of dollars in CIA cash)? Was it the appalling 1993 violence in the Russian capital where Yeltsin bombarded a dissenting parliament and demonstraters into submission with tanks? Funny, we never had any problems at all with that election or any of the other stupid sel-destructive, or appalling things Yeltsin did... in fact, we often prodded him to do them. We had a big hand in it all and a lot of control of Russia back then. That all went away with the advent of Putin (which, I am sad to say seems to be a big reason why our press and elites hate him). I have supported my country many times and believe that we do much good around the world. I also believe that what I witnessed in Russia in the 1990s was colonial exploitation and an ungenerous and stupidly short -term way to treat a beaten foe; it was shameful and un-American ( in terms of values and generosity of spirit). Many Russians who lived through that period justifiably hate us. .. and I am guessing that they are still a big bulwark of Putin's support even today

by: Anonymous
July 31, 2012 17:31
You can change men

you can change politic

you can change hystoric moment

BUT

from USA every day every where .... the same soap !

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