Poland has been a strong Bush administration ally in the Iraq war. It was one of the original countries to join the 2003 invasion and President Bush has repeatedly pointed out the country’s support, reminding Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) in 2004 that he “forgot Poland” and its support for the war.
But the Bush administration’s mishandling of Iraq is alienating even this strong ally. In a recent interview, Poland’s undersecretary of state for defense, Stanislaw Koziej, said that Poland is unlikely to join the United States in a future attack on Iran because of its experience in Iraq:
[The operation in Iraq] wasn’t optimal, wasn’t very effective and quite a lot of mistakes were done there and still we make a lot of mistakes. … I personally believe that military intervention in Iran is improbable. … So we should get used to the fact that we will have to deal with Iran having nuclear armaments.
It appears the Bush administration’s incompetence in Iraq will complicate U.S. foreign policy for years to come.