Saturday, December 19, 2015

Has Poland lost its fucking mind? They conducted a raid on a NATO intel center!

via Daily Beast
On Friday morning Poland awoke to reports of a nighttime raid on a NATO-linked training center on Polish soil. Yet the perpetrator was not a hostile foreign power, but rather Poland’s own defense ministry, led by new minister Antoni Macierewicz.
The move, which aimed to replace officials appointed by the previous government, is part of Poland’s new right-wing Law and Justice government’s attempt to consolidate its hold over Poland’s defense and security apparatus. One of its first moves after taking office in mid-November was to replace the heads of the intelligence services.

At 1.30 am on Friday morning, defense ministry officials and military police entered the temporary premises of the Counter Intelligence Centre of Excellence in Warsaw, the Polish capital. (It will ultimately be based in Krak√≥w, a city in southern Poland.) According to liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza, they had a copy of the key. The raid ended with the removal of officials appointed by the previous government, including the Center of Excellence’s head, Col. Krzysztof Dusza. Later that day, the ministry of defense announced on its website that a new acting director, Col. Robert Bala, had been appointed.
"This is probably the first time in NATO's history that an alliance member has attacked a NATO facility", said Tomasz Siemoniak, the previous defense minister, who held the job until the centrist Civic Platform party lost parliamentary elections in October to the right-wing Law and Justice Party.
I'm sure Galvars will help us make sense of this but on the surface it looks like the Poles have lost their fucking minds.

Quite honestly I heard about this earlier in the week but the only source was Sputnik....pound sand critics of all sources of news!

Regardless.  The point is clear.  NATO is no longer viable as a military force.  It is more a political than military instrument.  Its time to shutter it.  The overhead alone makes it unaffordable and the illusion it creates of united defense is now making us weaker---not stronger.

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