Any chance we can maybe strike a deal with the Democrats? We’ll allow Washington, DC statehood (along with the two senators that comes with statehood), provided Poland becomes the 52d star on the American flag.
On second thought, that’s not a very good idea. I’d rather see Poland become THE military and economic powerhouse on the European continent.
Not only is the Warsaw government salivating at the thought of an American armored division permanently stationed on Polish soil, they want to pay the US government $2 billion for the privilege.
By the way, if and when American troops actually PCS to Polska, our Polish allies want to name the base “Fort Trump”.
I guess it goes without saying that the Russians are super-pissed, but the old saying about the right way to hurt someone is to hit ’em in the wallet surely does ring true.
And that’s exactly what Poland and the United States just did. As reported by Monika Scislowska of the Associated Press, the American Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Polish Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski just inked a long term energy security agreement.
But what really has Moscow pissing razor blades is that PGNiG (Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo. Translated: Polish Petroleum Mining and Gas Industry) just signed an agreement with an American company to purchase billions upon billions of cubic meters (m³) of LNG (liquified natural gas).
As reported by Scislowska;
Poland’s main gas company signed a long-term contract Thursday to receive deliveries of liquefied natural gas from the United States as part of a larger effort to reduce its energy dependence on Russia.
The state company PGNiG signed the 24-year deal with American supplier Cheniere during a ceremony in Warsaw attended by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Polish President Andrzej Duda.
“This is a sign across Europe that this is how your energy security will be developed, your energy sources diversified,” Perry said before the deal was signed.
He and Polish Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski also signed an agreement to confirm long-term cooperation on energy security, which Perry said indicated America’s “pro-Poland and pro-Europe” approach to developing diverse sources of energy.
Under the deal, Poland will receive some 700 million cubic meters of gas from 2019 through 2022, and 39 billion cubic meters from 2023 through 2042. Poland’s annual consumption of gas is almost 16 billion cubic meters, 25 percent of which is covered from Poland’s own deposits.
The value of the deal with the Polish company was not disclosed, in line with traditional secrecy for such energy deals.