Coalition of the Bribed?

Tuesday night, Dick Cheney criticized John Kerry for discounting the service of coalition forces (search) in Iraq.

The vice president praised the role of Iraqi troops, who increasingly are being singled out by the insurgents. But another one of our coalition allies has stood up to defend their role in Iraq.

Poland’s president was recently asked to comment on Sen. Kerry’s description of our allies as, "the coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought, and the extorted."

Says President Kwasniewski (search): "It's sad that a Senator with twenty years of experience does not appreciate Polish sacrifice... I don't think it's a question of ignorance… It's immoral not to see this involvement we undertook, because we believe that we have to fight terrorism together, that we need to show international solidarity, that Saddam Hussein is a danger to the world."

Why does the Polish president believe Sen. Kerry ignores the sacrifices of coalition allies in Iraq? "He thinks more of a coalition that would put the United States together with France and Germany."

For the record, 17 Polish soldiers have been killed in Iraq.

And that’s the Observer.

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