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Obama Kills European Missile Shield

From a relieved Associated Press:

East Europe: Rancor, relief on missile shield plan

By Karel Janicek And William J. Kole, Associated Press Writers

PRAGUE – Czechs and Poles expressed rancor and relief Thursday that President Barack Obama had scrapped plans for a U.S. missile defense shield on their territories, reflecting deep divisions over a proposal that had also enraged Russia.

NATO’s new chief hailed the move as "a positive step" and a Russian analyst said Obama’s decision will increase the chances that Russia will cooperate more closely with the United States in the heated dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.

Ex-leaders in the Czech Republic and Poland bristled at Obama’s reversal, saying it reinforced a growing impression that Washington no longer views the region as indispensable to U.S. and European security interests. Yet many ordinary citizens who had been skeptical of the shield’s benefits expressed relief that the system wouldn’t be built on their soil

The two countries’ governments had endorsed the plan to put 10 interceptor rockets in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic. The Bush administration had pitched the system as a strategic defense to counter a perceived threat from Iran.

But the U.S. plan had deeply angered Russia, which expressed outrage that missiles would be stationed so close to its borders…

Obama took office undecided about the European system and said he would study it.

In a speech in April in Prague, Obama said Washington would proceed with developing the system as long as Iran posed a threat to U.S. and European security. But a top military leader, Marine Gen. James Cartwright, recently suggested the U.S. may have underestimated how long it would take Iran to develop long-range missiles…

What’s this?

In a speech in April in Prague, Obama said Washington would proceed with developing the system as long as Iran posed a threat to U.S. and European security.

Did Mr. Obama lie?

Or has he in his infallible omniscience decided that Iran no longer poses a threat to US and European security?

Of course this is simply a media lie. As we have often noted, Mr. Obama announced long ago that he intended to strip away as many of our defenses as possible:

We can’t say he didn’t warn us.

But of course the people who are forever on the wrong side of issue hail this decision:

NATO’s new chief hailed the move as "a positive step" and a Russian analyst said Obama’s decision will increase the chances that Russia will cooperate more closely with the United States in the heated dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.

Once again we see how helpful NATO can be.

And speaking of our allies, on this date in history in 1939 the Soviet Union invaded of Poland without a formal declaration of war.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 17th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Obama Kills European Missile Shield”

  1. BillK says:

    The latest “screw you” to our allies from Mr. Obama.

    From the Wall Street Journal:

    U.S. to Shelve Nuclear-Missile Shield

    By Peter Spiegel

    WASHINGTON — The White House will shelve Bush administration plans to build a missile-defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, according to people familiar with the matter, a move likely to cheer Moscow and roil the security debate in Europe.

    The U.S. will base its decision on a determination that Iran’s long-range missile program has not progressed as rapidly as previously estimated, reducing the threat to the continental U.S. and major European capitals, according to current and former U.S. officials.

    The findings, expected to be completed as early as next week following a 60-day review ordered by President Barack Obama, would be a major reversal from the Bush administration, which pushed aggressively to begin construction of the Eastern European system before leaving office in January.

    The Bush administration proposed the European-based system to counter the perceived threat of Iran developing a nuclear weapon that could be placed atop its increasingly sophisticated missiles. There is widespread disagreement over the progress of Iran’s nuclear program toward developing such a weapon, but miniaturizing nuclear weapons for use on long-range missiles is one of the most difficult technological hurdles for an aspiring nuclear nation.

    The Bush plan infuriated the Kremlin, which argued the system was a potential threat to its own intercontinental ballistic missiles. U.S. officials repeatedly insisted the location and limited scale of the system — a radar site in the Czech Republic and 10 interceptor missiles in Poland — posed no threat to Russian strategic arms.

    The Obama administration’s assessment concludes that U.S. allies in Europe, including members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, face a more immediate threat from Iran’s short- and medium-range missiles and will order a shift towards the development of regional missile defenses for the Continent, according to people familiar with the matter. Such systems would be far less controversial.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125314575889817971.html

    The Iranians wouldn’t do that, right?

    Hey, if it makes Moscow happy, it makes Obama happy.

    In matters of economics and defense.

    Critics of the shift are bound to view it as a gesture to win Russian cooperation with U.S.-led efforts to seek new economic sanctions on Iran if Tehran doesn’t abandon its nuclear program. Russia, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, has opposed efforts to impose fresh sanctions on Tehran.

    Yes, critics are – except it’s more to curry favor with Moscow regardless of what happens with Iran.

    • proreason says:

      Look for a hell-bent rush to de-militartize the country.

      The fascists only have a few more months of unchecked power, and it could spiral out of control even faster if Glenn Beck doesn’t take any vacation days.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    It’s getting awful crowded under this bus; isn’t it?

  3. proreason says:

    “a Russian analyst said Obama’s decision will increase the chances that Russia will cooperate more closely with the United States in the heated dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.”

    Question 1: do you think they write this stuff with a straight face?

    Question 2: what do you think is the look on the face of the Russian commissars when they hear this kind of stuff?

    Question 3: what % of Americans do you think would approve of this, on the off chance that they ever hear about it?

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Oh goody! Just in time to see the Ruskies get a foot hold in Central America ala Chavez …. the human bowling ball and dicktater.

  5. BigOil says:

    When a marxist liberal is in charge, appeasement of our enemies is a given. Peace through weakness always seems to strike a chord in the warped mind of a liberal.

  6. TwilightZoned says:

    “NATO’s new chief hailed the move as “a positive step” and a Russian analyst said Obama’s decision will increase the chances that Russia will cooperate more closely with the United States in the heated dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. ”

    Are you kidding me? You lie!!!

  7. BillK says:

    “We will bury you without firing a shot.”

    – Nikita Khrushchev, 1956.

    I don’t think Michael Moore will have to worry about evil capitalism too much longer…

  8. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Obama took office undecided about the European system and said he would study it.” … BULLSH_T!!!

    This Trojan Horse is doing what he intended to right along! “You Lie!!!”

  9. MinnesotaRush says:

    LOL .. check out the picture up top here again.

    Is old George scowling at o-blah-blah or not? Was George a racist? :-)

  10. artboyusa says:

    Appease our enemies, betray our friends – and it wouldn’t be the first time either. I said last summer that this would happen, but I really wish I’d been wrong. From the Artboy Archives…

    “Mr President, may I present the Polish Ambassador; His Excellency Count Semyon Krapynszki?” murmured the State Department flunkey.

    “My warmest compliments, Mr President, and the compliments of my country” bowed the Count. “It is a great honor to be here in your beautiful White House”.

    “Hey, Count Krappy” smiled the President, shaking hands. “How’s it going?”

    “Um, fine, thank you” gritted the irked aristocrat. “My name, if I may be so bold as to correct your Excellence, is Krapynszki, not ‘Krappy’. My people have been the Counts of Krakow since the 12th century, dear sir”.

    “Crackheads? Sounds like some of my family. Anyway, that’s great. Good for you” grinned the President, with his usual easy charm. “Push those teleprompters to one side and grab a chair, Semen”.

    “Excuse me once more, Mr President but my forename is Semyon, It is a perfectly normal name in my country. And it is pronounced ‘Sem –Y-on’, not, um, that other way”.

    “Whatever. Take a load off. You want coffee? Tea? Hey, you know what’s so great about my job? Check this out” The President picked up a nearby telephone and winked broadly.

    “Hello, Republic of Tonga? It’s me, Barack. Guess what? You can kiss my ass, that’s what! Its war! We launch in five minutes! Hahahahahahaha! Naw, chill baby, chill. I’m just messing with you guys. You’re alright. Later, Tongan dudes. What do you think of that, eh Count? Pretty cool, huh?”

    “Um, a most impressive display of diplomatic skill, Mr President” murmured the appalled Pole.

    “You think so? Yeah, me too! I can do all sorts of stuff in this job. Kill flies. Go on ’60 Minute’ every week. Order up pizza any time I want it. Take the wife on a chopper ride to a Broadway show whenever. Being President rules! But anyway, the reason I wanted to see you, Sandbag, is because…”

    “Sem -Y –on, Mr President, if you please…”

    “Of course, Seaweed. Anyway, the thing is that I’ve been in Moscow, you may have seen something on the TV, bringing my positive message of hope and change to the Russkies and as part of our nuke deal I’ve nixed that missile shield you were counting on. Sorry. You guys are just going to have to learn to get along without any help from Uncle Sam”.

    “Nixed? Nixed you say? Nixed! Mr President, I confess that this intelligence leaves me stupéfié!”

    “Huh?”

    “Amazed, shocked, dumbfounded! Since when has the Russian bear a veto over the foreign policy of the American eagle?”

    “Bears? Eagles? Huh? What are you talking about, Sambo – football?”

    “I am talking about America betraying both her proven friends and her national interests, Mr President – and not for the first time!”

    “Now look, Semen; my Administration is all about warm smiles, open hands and a new realism in foreign policy and that realism says that Russia equals big and strong and your country equals small and weak, so guess who I want for my new best friend? Not you little guys”.

    “But Mr President; not only Poland but all the nations of Eastern Europe look to the US for support and protection…”

    “Well, you small, insignificant democracies looked wrong, Krappy. Tough break. Now, if you’ll show yourself out and send in the next supplicant, I mean ambassador”.

    “Very well. Good day to you Mr President”. The furious Pole clicked his heels and left, brushing past the waiting flunkey.

    “Mr President?” murmured the menial. “May I present his Excellency the Ambassador of Georgia?”

    “Georgia? Well, what do you know?” beamed the President. “What up, cracker? How’s things in Atlanta?”

  11. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Somehow I feel that our president is going to turn this around and shift the blame on the conservatives. The MSM will naturally put a spin on this and proclaim that it was all George W’s fault for promising our new allies something that he knew would never be delivered.

  12. Helena says:

    What a stupid thing to do. He’s giving away all our remaining leverage for keeping Putin even a little bit in line. What a maroon.

    • Petronius says:

      Isn’t it odd? He is weak as water when faced with foreign strongmen, dictators, ayatollahs, and terrorists. Yet he is mean as a snake when dealing with Poland, Israel, and other (former) allies, Republicans, opponents of Obamacare, and tea party protesters.

      I heard that the Polish prime minister refused to accept a call from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    • proreason says:

      He’s a Moron, for sure, but selling Poland to the Russians isn’t evidence of that. It would only be evidence of stupidity if his goal was to protect and strengthen the United States and our allies.

      It’s not a stupid mistake.

      It’s a deliberate action to weaken this country.

    • Helena says:

      “I heard that the Polish prime minister refused to accept a call from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

      Good for him. God help Poland now.

  13. A Mad Pole says:

    Gotta tell you, the Poles are pissed as hell. There are growing voices that we should pull the troops out of Afganistan and Iraq, the sooner the better. And what really rubbed it in was the timing of the Obama announcement.
    The U.S. is quickly loosing its positive image in Eastern Europe, in Poland in particular. We have been one of the staunchest U.S ally in Europe up to now but it will surely change. I am really anxious to see how the situation develops.

  14. bobbys says:

    Heres a great line for Tina Fey to get another Emmy.

    Can a Pole see Russia from his/her house??


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