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August 28, 2009

Obama Shafts Friends in Eastern Europe

Posted by Dave Blount at August 28, 2009 10:45 AM

There's a price to be paid for turning your back on tyranny in favor of liberty — at least so long as we have a socialist in the White House:

The United States is poised to dump a critical missile-defense agreement with two of its most dependable NATO allies. The Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported yesterday that the Obama administration is going to scrap the "third site" anti-missile system scheduled to be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic. Missile interceptors in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic were scheduled to be deployed by 2013. Now the plan appears to have been shot down.
This move sends the wrong signal to our allies in Eastern Europe. The former Soviet satellites have been among the strongest proponents of a robust U.S. role in Europe because they believed they could count on the United States to defend their interests against perennially predatory Russia. Both countries showed good faith by sending troops to fight in Iraq as part of the multinational force. The Polish and Czech governments acted courageously when they agreed to host the missile-defense system.
Prague and Warsaw knew Moscow would react negatively, but after years of patient diplomacy, they chose to stand with the United States. Canceling the deployment will betray the trust of our allies in Warsaw and Prague, leave Europe defenseless against Iranian missiles, enhance the Kremlin's stature and diminish U.S. credibility. There is no upside. …
Canceling the missile-defense deployments to Poland and the Czech Republic would be another step in America's gradual retreat from global strategic leadership. We are afraid to contemplate how long it will be before the Obama administration's national-security blunders have serious and irreversible consequences.

The only thing that could get Comrade Obama to back up loyal friends like Poland and the Czech Republic would be a communist coup — as was attempted in Honduras with our government's support.

On a tip from Byron.