Roger Cohen of the New York Times begins his new column with a quote:
“How could Obama choose such a day?”
That was the anguished outburst of a senior Polish officer attending a meeting of NATO chiefs of defense here when asked what he thought of the U.S. president’s cancellation last week of plans to place missile interceptors in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic.
The officer was referring to the fact that the announcement came on Sept. 17, the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland. A gesture to Russia on this date — a “brave” decision said Vladimir Putin — was the rough equivalent for the Poles of their announcing concessions to a U.S. foe on 9/11.
I’m sure it’s purely an annoying coincidence. But like this photo, and this statement, and that one, and his association with Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright, those annoying coincidences somehow keep adding up.
I’m sure it’s all purely random chance in chance. Though as an earlier, fictitious would-be world leader has been quoted as saying, “Mr. Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: ‘Once is happenstance, Twice is coincidence, The third time it’s enemy action.”
Or the functional equivalent thereof.
On the other hand, as I mentioned in an earlier post, it’s not like he’s breaking a campaign promise here: