The United States maintains almost 800 military bases in over 70 countries, which far exceeds our modern day security requirements. American troops are already positioned to respond to any threat anywhere in the world, yet most of our allies want more American troops and bases because that would force us to play the first responder to any threat against those countries.
This is why Poland’s defense minister recently held talks with U.S. officials “about having thousands of U.S. troops permanently stationed as a deterrent in Poland.” Poland believes that this would both deter and defend Poland and its Baltic neighbors against Russia, which could potentially close off, through Polish territory, the short border between its Kaliningrad exclave and Belarus, cutting the Baltics off from the rest of NATO.
Such a move would be unwise and unnecessary for the United States, especially when we already have guaranteed Poland’s security through its membership in NATO as well as the presence of thousands of American soldiers in neighboring Germany.
The Polish government’s desire for American troops in its country is essentially the equivalent of obtaining human shields for itself. A hostile power ― Russia in this case ― is far less likely to overtly initiate hostilities against Poland if there were U.S. soldiers stationed there.