The U.S. has deployed Patriot missiles along with dozens of American soldiers to Poland. This move by President Obama has incited less outrage from Russia than previous attempts by the Bush administration to establish a defense system near the Russian border. The newly acquired Patriot missiles have a shorter range and are expected to be held on a base that won’t be ready until 2018.
WARSAW, Poland — Dozens of American soldiers and a battery of Patriot missiles have arrived in Poland, where they will spend the next two years teaching the Polish military to operate the advanced guided missile system at a base just a few miles (kilometers) from the Russian border.
The mission amounts to the most significant deployment ever of U.S. forces to Poland, which once was behind the Iron Curtain but is now an enthusiastic member of NATO.