This is something of a stunner. The Polish Presidential aircraft crashed near Smolensk in dense fog. The list of senior officials killed is long and shocking: The President, First Lady, the chief of the national security office, the Chairman of the Polish central bank, the deputy Speaker of the lower house of parliament (the Speaker of that house will take over as interim president until a special election is held), the deputy minister of defense, the chief of the General Staff, and the deputy leader of the President's Law and Justice Party (a right wing populist party with controversial positions on a range of issues).
Saturday, April 10, 2010
The Poles made the mistake of flying a plane designed and built in the Soviet era: a TU 154. This plane has the NATO designation of "Careless". The Russians are saying the crash was caused by pilot error. But this plane has an average to poor safety record. There certainly a lot of incidents of catotrophic failures on this plane (like the entire fuselage suddenly breaking apart in mid air). Of course the weather conditions are sufficient to explain the crash in this case but given the purpose of the trip and the nature of the Presidents' supporters I doubt that will be universally and easily accepted....
The delegation was flying to Smolensk to memorialize the thousands of Polish military leaders and intellectuals who had been murdered by the Soviets at the Katyn forrest in 1940. The supporters of this President are Poland's answer to the Tea Party crowd around here. Let the conspiracy theorizing commence!
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 4:35 AM