Polish Deputy Prime Minister (and former Prime Minister) Jaroslaw Kaczynski caught my attention over the weekend when he mentioned that Poland would be open to hosting not only American forces, but also US nuclear weapons. Usually the statements of a country’s second banana would not show up on my radar, but Kaczynski’s statements are not to be dismissed. 

In addition to being a former PM himself, he is the head of Poland’s Law and Justice party founded along side his late identical twin brother (himself former Polish President and former mayor of Poland’s capital and largest city, Warsaw). Considered by many within Poland and Europe to be the most authoritative politician in the country and one of the most powerful in Europe, Kaczynski’s right-wing, populist Law and Order party is the most popular in Poland. 

So when he says that Poland is open to what is essentially a status of forces agreement, we can expect he has his finger on the pulse of Polish opinion. The Poles have paid a heavy price in almost all major European conflicts, but especially in both World Wars. As Russia continues its assault on neighboring Ukraine, Polish leadership understands that Moscow will soon have its eyes on the narrowest portion of the Northern European Plain: the Polish Gap, between the Carpathian Mountains and Masurian Lake District. Expect the Polish to do everything in their power to bring the full force of NATO and their strategic alliance with the Americans to help secure against Russian aggression.

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