Obama Leadership Has ‘Failed’ World, Poland’s Walesa Says

Poland’s former President Lech Walesa is “very disappointed” with what he describes as a lack of U.S. leadership in the world and will share his views with Barack Obama when the U.S. leader visits Warsaw next week.

“The superpower has failed,” Walesa, who led the Solidarity labor movement that helped bring down communism in Poland, said today in an interview with TVN24, according to an e-mailed statement from the news channel. “That’s why the world is in a dangerous place. Many bad things can happen in the world because of a lack of leadership.”

Obama, who’s imposed sanctions on Russia for its role in the crisis in Ukraine, is coming to Poland for a two-day visit on June 3 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of communism. Walesa declined an invitation to meet the U.S. president during his visit to Poland in 2011, saying it “didn’t suit” him.

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