Marcin Bosacki, Gazeta Wyborcza | July 17, 2008
Failing missile shield negotiations with Poland are a symbol of decline of American influence and attractiveness under Bush. ++ Too much bad blood has been spilled between Washington and Warsaw, and the Poles are no longer prepared to blindly follow their ally. ++ The new Polish Prime Minister, Tusk, is prepared to adopt a much tougher stance in relations with the US. ++ Due to the Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib controversies Polish voters no longer automatically associate America with democracy and human rights.