"The changes which took place in 1989 were aimed at achieving sovereignity. Poland's membership in NATO and the European Union became a recipe to achieve independence. What happened then resembles a pendulum," he said. "Poland has to a certain extent transferred its sovereignity to Western organizations. Its policy has become dependent on the United States."
Osadczy mentioned a firestorm in the media which was sparked by "exceedingly close ties" between Polish Minister of National Defense Antoni Macierewicz and the Pentagon, adding that this is the latest instance showing that Warsaw's dependence on Washington "has become too clear."
Warsaw should adapt to these changes, but local elites have long since gotten used to "taking a cue" from abroad, he said.
"We remember how things panned out with regard to the anti-missile shield during the Bush era. Then the Obama administration adopted a different policy toward Russia, at least at first. As a result, air defense issues took a back seat since they were no longer as relevant. What is going on with regard to the presence of US troops in this part of the world now to a large extent does not depend on decisions made at the national level, but rather on Washington's policy, which for its part takes into account developments in Russia," the analyst observed.
"Sadly, Poland's policy has largely become instrumentalized. Poland is a large country in the region, which deserves to act independently taking its national interests into account. Sadly, the presence (or the lack) of components of a global missile defense system, as well as the foreign military deployment to the country are a testament to the fact that Poland does not play a leading part when it comes to these issues," the analyst said.
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