Mr. Obama has chosen NOT to build Third Site missile defense emplacements to defend eastern Europe against the threat of Iranian ballistic missiles. The behavior mimics that of Mr. Carter, who sold out the Poles and permitted the severe crack downs by the Polish Communist government against the Solidarity Movement in the late 1970's.
According to reliable sources, Obama administration officials are on their way to Poland and the Czech Republic to deliver very bad news. The administration intends to cancel completely the missile defense sites that had been promised to these governments by the previous administration...Four senior Obama officials, including Under Secretary of State for Arms Control Ellen Tauscher and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security “Sandy” Vershbow, are apparently in the air right now on their way to Poland. Why? If the Washington hot rumor mill is right, to deliver the news to the Poles and then the Czechs that the administration has decided not to go forward with a missile defense system for Europe and the United States against the budding missile threat from Iran
This sellout will seriously damage any future relations that we would have with any country in the new Russian Sphere of Influence, knowing as they do, that our government cannot be trusted to guarantee treaties and defense agreements.
When the diplomats come home, no doubt they'll wave a piece of paper and declare "Peace in our time..."
Mr. Obama promised during the instant election campaign that we'd have new relations with Europe, and he was right, we will...eroded good will that Mr. Bush painstakingly built up over 8 years, Mr. Obama has thrown away in 8 months.
UPDATE: Via the WSJ...
The White House is scrapping a Bush-era plan for an Eastern European missile-defense shield, saying a redesigned defensive system would be cheaper, quicker and more effective against the threat from Iranian missiles.
On the other hand, Russia on welcomed the news, saying it saw no reason to offer any concessions in return for surrendering the sovereignty of Poland or the Czech Republic. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is reported to have called the plan a "responsible move" by the Obama administration. He has threatened in the past to station tactical Iskander missiles near Poland's border if the U.S. system was deployed in eastern Europe, to counter what the Russian government perceives as a strategic threat to it's hegemony over what is considered to be their area of domination.
The Bush plans on the missile defense as we knew them until now were nothing more than a provocation of security in the European region," said Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, in a phone interview.
Still, the capitulation is likely to be seen within eastern Europe and Russia as a signal victory for the Kremlin over American interests in the region. Mr. Medvedev will meet with Mr. Obama to accept his surrendering of American influence in eastern Europe to Russia, at next week's meetings of the U.N. General Assembly and Group of 20 industrialized and developing nations. This is similar to what FDR and Harry Truman did when they gave Poland, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria to Ioseph Stalin at Yalta and Potsdam in 1945.
Neptunuslex sees visions of George Orwell...wherein Mr. Obama strengthens American defense by literally eliminating them...doublespeak...