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  • Russia Demands U.S. Flexibility on Missile Defense

    Following the U.S. presidential election, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has demanded that President Obama makes good on his “flexibility” comment from March.

    “We hope that President Obama after his re-election will be more flexible on the issue of taking into the account the opinions of Russia and others regarding a future configuration of NATO’s missile defense,” he said.

    While President Obama never offered detailed clarification about what his comments meant, it is important that the United States does not take any steps that would compromise its ability to defend itself and its allies.

    Russia demands that the U.S. limits its missile defense system geographically, qualitatively, or quantitatively. Such limitations would ultimately weaken the system against Iranian or North Korean ballistic missiles. The U.S. should pursue a robust comprehensive ballistic missile defense program, including space-based systems, as part of a “protect and defend” strategy, which would be comprised of effective active and passive defenses and credible conventional and nuclear weapons options.

    The Budget Control Act and the sequestration process are going to make the execution of such a strategy impossible if the law doesn’t change. The law mandates cuts of nearly a trillion dollars from the defense budget in the next nine years. These cuts will be devastating to U.S. military, security, and missile defense plans. According to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s November 2011 letter, the Department of Defense could “terminate European missile defense” under sequestration.

    It is essential that Congress and the President work together to avoid these devastating cuts and advance the missile defense programs that contribute to U.S. and allied security.

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    2 Responses to Russia Demands U.S. Flexibility on Missile Defense

    1. It didn't take long, did it? Russia, now convinced for certain of America's weakness, makes the first move in marginalizing our foreign standing. Others will follow soon. But the entire question of foreign policy is just as irrelevant as is the dealings of Congress. As a union, America is dead. Our only question now is a domestic one. What will the near future map of the former USA look like?

    2. Mike, Wichita Falls says:

      I sound like a broken record here, but the House GOP should be ashamed of itself for dealing such a blow to our national defense with this BCA apparently only to save face. They reap now in December 2012 what they sowed in August 2011.

      What did Obama get? More borrowed money to buy votes and win re-election. What did the GOP get? The scorn of a fair number of people who think national defense, not war mind you, is the federal government's top priority.

      As Heritage as shown on a number of occasions, cuts to entitlements, which are not an enumerated power, are not nearly as proportional and severe as those to defense, which are so. BTW, why is the left not in a fit over this? Are those cuts back-end loaded while defense in front-end loaded?

      The House GOP holds the cards again. Do you think they have learned how to play to win not for the party but for the country and its people?

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