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    We wish we were more surprised by the news this morning that the Obama Administration sent a secret letter to the Kremlin offering to turn tail on U.S. missile defense commitments to Eastern Europe in exchange for Russian help stopping Iran from developing long-range weapons. But former assistant secretary of state and Heritage vice president Kim Holmes saw this coming:

    A Turkish general once said: “The problem with having the Americans as your allies is you never know when they´ll turn around and stab themselves in the back.”

    On the issue of ballistic missile defense, the Obama administration may be on the verge of knifing not only ourselves, but two loyal European allies as well.

    Ten months ago, the United States and NATO solemnly promised Poland and the Czech Republic to deploy missile defense systems on their territory. Warsaw and Prague agreed to the deployment as a means to protect themselves from the emerging nuclear threat posed by Iran.

    Of course, the decision made by our Eastern European allies encompassed more than just the desire to defend their citizens against Iran. The Poles and Czechs saw it as a test case of the American and NATO commitment to their defense against a bullying Russia.

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said that the U.S. will now “reconsider” the decision to proceed with building the missile sites. The administration wants to link the fulfillment of a commitment already made to Poland and the Czech Republic to future Russian cooperation on Iran.

    This would be a huge blunder. Not only would it signal to Warsaw and Prague that a done deal in NATO is being reopened, with the understandable conclusion that the U.S. is selling two allies down the river to Moscow. It also would commit a classic negotiating mistake.

    Read the whole op-ed here.

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    8 Responses to Let the Backstabbing Begin

    1. Jamey, Central Calif says:

      Just words. This IS this administrations motto. Ask yourself if there is a SINGLE individual in this administration that would keep their word come hell or high water. One has to have integrity to uphold agreements. I do not see any, on either side of the isle unfortunatly.

    2. William Lulias, St. says:

      Don't know if this should come as a surprise or not. This administration, aside from sending tingles up peoples legs, reminds me of immature children in charge of a candy store. They are so engrossed in what they have control of they don't know what to do or how to "administer" their new found "wealth". Look carefully at this administration, this country has elected a collection of fools with no center of integrity. Let's look at what we have, a President that is not so sure of himself because he is not so sure of his faith, a Vice President that either says what he means or is it he means what he says, Rahm Emanuel, thinks he is still in high school with his foul mouth and antics, Pelosi, well, what can you say, she's mentally challenged for her position, Hillary, has just proven that negotiating foreign policy is not her strong point, and the list goes on. Who pays taxes, who doesn't, with this administration who cares. Unfortunately this is a freak show and they are running our country. Pray for them and pray for the United States of America, my country, and that used to give me a tingle up my leg.

    3. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      Amen, William Lulias, Amen! I couldn't have said it better myself!

    4. bill s, dallas says:

      Much like a bad "B" movie or a scary dream..both of which one can get away from, we're living this.

      Transparency–a lie.

      No earmarks–a lie.

      Stimulus–a lie

      National Healthcare–_________

    5. ra,ohio says:

      Chris Matthews with his "tingle up his leg"?

      Is he sure that wasn't a TINKLE DOWN HIS LEG???

    6. Barb -mn says:

      ra,ohio, you are a comforting humor. Thank you.

      Agreement that all in the government today seem to be spoiled brats. Demobrats. Immature and paid way too much!

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