Obama: Hey Romney, Europe and I go way back

Poland? On Wednesday, the Pentagon issued a statement highlighting Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's meeting with Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak.

They discussed "issues of mutual interest, including Afghanistan, NATO missile defense and the ongoing crisis in Syria," according to Pentagon spokesman George Little, who noted it was their "third in-person meeting."

"Panetta believes the strong defense relationship between Poland and the United States underpins a strategic partnership that helps provide for the security of the North Atlantic community.  Siemoniak expressed full confidence in the United States-Polish friendship and alliance," Little said in a statement.

Panetta "hailed" Poland's role in Afghanistan and "thanked" Poland for its work there, and the two officials discussed the pending arrival of a U.S. Air Force detachment—the first U.S. service personnel stationed on Polish soil.

"The arrival of this detachment will mark a new step forward in the relationship between United States and Poland and enable closer military cooperation," Little said.

Panetta and his guest also discussed U.S. missile defense plans—a subject on which Romney has previously blasted the administration, accusing the president of rolling back American strategic objectives in the face of Russian opposition.

"The leaders discussed how the recently announced U.S. strategic guidance preserves investments in these kinds of capabilities," said Little. "The two nations are working closely together to establish an SM-3 ballistic missile interceptor site in Poland by 2018."

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