Far from a defensive move to protect European NATO states from a Russian nuclear attack, as military strategists have pointed out, the US missiles in Poland pose a total existential threat to the future existence of the Russian nation. The Russian government has repeatedly warned of this since US plans were first unveiled in early 2007. Now, despite repeated diplomatic attempts by Russia to come to an agreement with Washington, the Bush administration, in the wake of a humiliating US defeat in Georgia, has pressured the government of Poland to finally sign the pact.
When history judges this administration, what will be clear is how it exhibited a complete lack of understanding of geopolitical history which it coupled with a ham-fisted, knee-jerk, myopic foreign policy.
And then when things went horrendously wrong, as they inevitably did, the policy makers would shake their heads, and protest angrily that "...they never saw it coming!"