The Obama administration confirmed that the US Missile Defense Shield sites in Poland and the Czech Republic are being shelved. To say the least,
A spokeswoman at the Polish Ministry of Defense also said the program had been suspended.
“This is catastrophic for Poland,” said the spokeswoman, who declined to be named in line with ministry policy.
I’m getting pretty tired of this Administration constantly turning it’s back on Poland. Sounds like it’s getting close to the time to move back to the Homeland…
Vice President Joe Biden earlier refused to confirm to CNN that the George W. Bush-era plan was being shelved.
But he did explain the logic of doing so, saying Iran — a key concern for the United States — was not a threat.
“I think we are fully capable and secure dealing with any present or future potential Iranian threat,” he told CNN’s Chris Lawrence in Baghdad, where he is on a brief trip.
“The whole purpose of this exercise we are undertaking is to diminish the prospect of the Iranians destabilizing that region in the world. I am less concerned — much less concerned — about the Iranian potential. They have no potential at this moment, they have no capacity to launch a missile at the United States of America,” he said.
So, Poland and the Czech Republic can continue to live with the Russian Bear Bully next door, without a valid defense against hostile missiles. The rest of Europe should feel somewhat concerned as well, seeing how the missile shield was providing for the defense of all of Western Europe:
U.S. Missile Defense European Sites
I suppose the only good news coming from this is that Russia might pull back some of the troops and missile systems it deployed along the Polish border (or threatened to do so), possibly reducing tensions in the region. However, I tend to be a little skeptical of Russian intentions with Medvedev serving primarily as a mouthpiece for Vladimir Putin, not known for being a negotiator.
The U.S. reversal is likely to please Russia, which had fiercely opposed the plans.
You don’t say…and now Obama is giving them a little more breathing room. And, he is putting Europe at risk from long-range missile systems already developed by Iran (nuclear or not, the US seems to forget that a weapon doesn’t have to be nuclear to be a Weapon of Mass Destruction/WMD).
Momma on WeaselZippers is now following, and included video from MSNBC.
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Video H/T: Momma
Update: ZIP recalls Obama pledge for Missile Defense Shield during American Idol 2009: Presidential Edition the election.