August 31, 2009

Obama kisses off Eastern Europe...

So far, it hasn't been much of a deal. And as we scale down our defense efforts, Russia is boosting military spending at double-digit rates. Here we have all but abandoned the testing and rebuilding of our nuclear deterrent, and Russia only last month test-launched two new Sineva class sub-based ICBMs.
Whom do you think they're trying to intimidate?

Missile Defense: The U.S. has abandoned plans to install a missile defense system in Europe, according to a report. If true, this is a major strategic error that will have serious consequences for our allies in Europe and for us.

Quoting a U.S. source, the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza says the Obama administration has decided against building a missile shield to protect Poland and the Czech Republic. The reason? Russian opposition.

Now, if we want to build a defense system for friends in Europe, we'll have to place it in the Balkans, Israel or somewhere else. That is, if Russia approves.

This is a stark reversal of past policy and reneges on promises made by the current administration. Worse, it shows weakness. We got into a staredown with the Russian bear and we blinked.

President Obama has vowed to support missile defense, provided it was "pragmatic and cost-effective." Well, the Congressional Budget Office rated the system going into Poland and the Czech Republic as the most effective of the alternatives.

As for promises to our allies, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just this month said the U.S. would offer our allies a "defense umbrella" against threats from a possible Iranian nuclear weapon.

Now, all that high-sounding defense rhetoric is out the window.
Coupled with the $1.2 billion slashed from the missile defense budget this year, the administration is making clear it hopes to kill off missile defense — a mistake we may all come to regret.

We've just weakened America's standing in a critical region of the world — Eastern Europe — and let our allies down. We've made them vulnerable, in ways that only we could, to Russia's growing military menace. Polish and Czech friends who had relied on us to stand firm and keep our word no doubt feel betrayed.

This diminishes our global influence. What smallish country will now take our word at face value when we promise to protect them?

The U.S. abandonment of the so-called "third site" development of 10 missile interceptors in Poland and a radar array in the Czech Republic signals our weakness to both Russia and Iran.

Iran, as some have recently estimated, is less than a year away from having a workable nuclear weapon. Germany's intelligence agency, the BND, said in July that Iran will have the means to produce a nuclear weapon within six months. So the threat is growing.


In a related story...

US snubbing Poland for 70th anniversary of WWII?

Thanks to HotAir

In less than a week, Poland will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. On September 1st, 1939, Germany launched a war that killed tens of millions of people after concocting a false provocation on the Polish border, with the Soviet Union invading from the other direction. The Polish nation all but disappeared for several years, and for decades after the end of the war, Poland had to live with the war’s Iron Curtain legacy. For many reasons, September 1st will be a day of somber reflection for Poland and eastern Europe.

A few nations appear to have been left off of the list - including France and the UK, which had guaranteed Poland’s security but failed to initiate military action against the Germans until the invasion of France. Also missing is any mention of a representative from the US, despite American efforts to build a robust alliance and friendship with the Poles since their liberation from Soviet domination. Polonia News, a blog out of Poland with both English and Polish language versions, claims that the “snub” has Poles angry:
It is five days before the commemoration ceremony of the 70th anniversary, September 1st, of the outbreak of World War II in Poland and Washington has not yet announced who is going to represent the US administration.

Polish officials had been led to believe the US would be represented by Vice-President Joe Biden or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But Prime Minister Donald Tusk seems to have lost all hope that the Obama administration will be sending a high-level official to the ceremony. The ceremony will be attended by Chancellor Merkel, Prime Minister Putin and heads of 12 other states.

Many Polish officials are astonished and see it as a snub but don’t say it out loud. Here are some of comments voiced recently: “I would not attach a great importance to the fact that one country will not be represented by a member of the current administration.” “There is a very long way from Washington to Poland.”

Polish politicians and commentators noticed that Hillary Clinton has spent 11 days in Africa, while Polish soldiers die or get wounded in Afghanistan, but can’t spare a day to show a face for this important day for Poles. Just last week Polish government decided to spend nearly 300 million dollars on equipment for troops in that country. In Poland it is a lot of money.

Major Polish newspapers ask what else Poland can do for America? How many more officers should die in Afghanistan? How many more F-16s should they buy? Do they, Obama and Clinton, understand that US is about to commit another blunder?



Wetzy said...

We won't even take care of our friends. The Polish people are heroes. We are doomed.

Teresa said...

Obama is ruining our military and anything to do with our defense. He is pleasing our enemies while pissing on our allies. He is an extremely weak arrogant President. He is going to be known as the President we cannot count on by our allies. He is making the U.S. vulnerable and open for another attack.

Anonymous said...

Terri, we are losing international friends faster than the Raiders lose games. How can any nation depend on the protection and goodwill of the U.S.?

Venezuela is an exception. Oh, and Iran too.

Opus #6 said...

I hope our friends and allies understand we are trapped in a bad relationship and that we will support them and love them openly as soon as we can dump this creep.

Anonymous said...

Their fear is not just about the "creep". It's a fear of the creeping Socialism that will repeat this cycle over and over again.

Left Coast Rebel said...

Shutting down the ICBM program makes us much sense as anything that these miscreant are pushing for today. It really isn't surprising....

blackandgoldfan said...

What a bitch slap to the memory of Dutch and all he accomplished!

Someone PLEASE wake me up 1.20.13!

Ron Russell said...

Its really quite stange---Obama buddies up to western Europe and gives the cold shoulder to eastern europe. Could it be that many of the newly established governments in eastern europe have rejected many socialistic ideas, while those in western europe have embraced Keynesian economics. Those in the east know the bad taste of socialism while those in the west have yet to learn the lesson---Obama falls into that group.

Anonymous said...

Rebel, it makes perfect sense if one's goal is to eliminate the influence of friendly nations.

Anonymous said...

B&G, don't sleep through this. As you know, NOW is the time to wake.

Anonymous said...

Ron, you are probably right, but remember that Obama is not exactly courting Western Europe. His economic policies are being felt around the world.

Paladin said...

We're gonna have so much work to do after we kick these guys out of office.

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine what a load of crap we'll be stuck with?

Kid said...

Imagine what Valdamir and friends think of Obama !

They must have prescriptions for Anti-Side Splitting Hyena Laughter pills !

I need a Fix Vlad !! Ahahahahaa
Hook me up ! Arrrgagagahahahaha


Anonymous said...

If you're a fan of body language, what do you think of Hussein's posture?

T. F. Stern said...

I can only imagine the gaffs Joe Biden would make, doing off the cuff Polish Jokes, "Did you hear about the Polish terrorist who burnt his lips while trying to blow up a bus?"

Poland should be grateful not to have an Obama representative on their soil, wish we could say the same.

Anonymous said...

TF, you've summed it up perfectly. Poland should count its blessings.

LL said...

Poland isn't a socialist country. How they can be allied with the ObamaNation? It's right and proper that Dear Leader not acknowledge the fact that they threw the communists would have a chilling effect on the czars and zampolits in Amerika. I mean, what if we formed our own version of SOLIDARITY?

I shudder at the thought.

God Bless Poland and the Polish people.

Hogdayafternoon said...

My father taught me what Poland means to this country and I was taught to respect them. I think Poles have already counted their blessings in the UK and they don't add up like they used to. When they start to go back to Poland to earn a decent living, you know you've got something wrong.