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Morning Bell: Surrender and Betrayal Do Not Make Us Safer
Posted By Conn Carroll On September 17, 2009 @ 9:17 am In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
Last month we reported  that news outlets in Poland were saying that the Obama administration had made the decision to abandon our anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. Today Czech Premier Jan Fischer confirmed those reports telling reporters  that President Obama phoned him overnight to say that “his government is pulling out of plans to build a missile defense radar on Czech territory.”
According to the Wall Street Journal , the Obama administration is justifying its decision on their determination that Iran’s long-range missile program hasn’t progressed as rapidly as previously estimated. This despite the facts that :
The only country other than Iran that is happy with President Obama’s decision is Russia. State Duma foreign affairs committee head Konstantin Kosachev told the Associated Press : “The U.S. president’s decision is a well-thought (out) and systematic one. Now we can talk about restoration of (the) strategic partnership between Russia and the United States.” But, in fact, the missile defense capitulation is just one in a long line of Obama surrenders to Russia. Heritage fellow Ariel Cohen explains from Moscow :
All these concessions the Russians pocketed, smiled, and moved on to new demands: European security reconfiguration; additional global reserve currency which would weaken the dollar; and a strong push-back on sanctions against the Iranian nuclear program. …. While the Russians clearly like the better atmospherics, and somewhat toned down the shrill anti-American rhetoric, the Iranians and the Venezuelans, who also received Obama’s “stretched hand” and, in case of Hugo Chavez, a pat on the back, are refusing to play ball. They, like their friends in Moscow, are also pocketing concessions while continuing the mischief.
The decision to abandon the “third site” deployment of 10 missile interceptors in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic violates President Obama’s pledge  to support missile defense that is “pragmatic and cost-effective.” Ground based missile defense is effective, affordable, and available now.  According to the Congressional Budget Office , alternatives to the third site do not provide a comparable level of defense. The CBO concluded that the estimated $9-14 billion 20-year cost of the third site was half of the estimated costs of a sea-based alternative. Abandoning our best missile defense option in Europe only encourages Iran to speed up their ballistic missile program  so that they can get their threat in place before a European missile defense system is available.
The Poles and the Czechs know what it means to live under the boot of Russian domination. The third-site issue is of huge symbolic importance to both nations, and if Moscow emerges the victor, with an effective veto over U.S. policy in Europe, it would represent a massive surrender of American strategic influence  and a betrayal of two of its closest friends in the region.
Go to 33minutes.com  for more on missile defense, the threat posed to us and our allies by nuclear weapons, and the action plan necessary to revive a strategic missile defense system that only America can develop, maintain, and employ for its own defense and the peace-loving world’s security.
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URLs in this post:
 we reported: http://www.foundry.org/2009/08/27/obama-officially-abandons-missile-defense-in-europe/
 telling reporters: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090917/ap_on_re_eu/eu_eastern_europe_missile_defense
 Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125317801774419047.html#mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories
 despite the facts that: http://www.foundry.org/2009/08/04/can-iran-build-a-nuclear-weapon-already-another-reason-to-support-missile-defense/
 On February 2nd: http://www.space.com/spacenews/archive09/iransatellite_0209.html
 On May 20th: http://www.foundry.org/2009/05/20/iranian-missile-rattling-underscores-need-for-missile-defense/
 On July 15th: http://www.bild.de/BILD/news/bild-english/world-news/2009/07/15/iran-nuclear-bomb/german-intelligence-sources-give-chilling-six-months-weapons-warning.html
 On August 3rd: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6736641.ece
 said: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1251804582184&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
 explains from Moscow: http://www.foundry.org/2009/09/14/unrequited-concessions-in-chess-is-bad-policy/
 President Obama’s pledge: http://www.heritage.org/Research/BallisticMissileDefense/sr0026.cfm
 Ground based missile defense is effective, affordable, and available now.: http://www.heritage.org/Research/NationalSecurity/wm2529.cfm
 Congressional Budget Office: http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/100xx/doc10013/02-27-MissileDefense.pdf
 their ballistic missile program: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Middleeast/iranbriefingroom.cfm
 a massive surrender of American strategic influence: http://www.heritage.org/Research/BallisticMissileDefense/wm2603.cfm
 33minutes.com: http://www.heritage.org/33-minutes/
 anti-czar criticism of the Obama administration: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/27265.html
 The Meaning Of The Constitution: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Thought/wm2616.cfm
 Sen. Max Baucus’ (D-MT) health care won’t work for Nevada: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/sep/16/harry-reid-health-care-bill-wont-work-nevada/
 Gallup: http://www.gallup.com/poll/122969/Many-Americans-Doubt-Costs-Benefits-Healthcare-Reform.aspx
 millions of dollars in federal funding for road signs: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/17/senate-dems-approve-road-signs-that-tout-stimulus/
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