Thursday, September 17, 2009

Russia Threatens to Nuke Poland, Obama Cancels anti-Missile Defense. Huh?

Do you remember last year after the Russian invasion of Georgia when Russia threatened to nuke its neighbor Poland? Russia, who has been ruffling the feathers of many of its former possessions, told Poland not to accept an missile defense shield in its country.

The political leadership in Warsaw took a huge risk by accepting the missiles. Not only would it piss off Russia, it would also alienate relations with Iran and could cause an electoral backlash.

But Poland, a stalwart US ally who sent troops to Afghanistan and Iraq, accepted the missiles. These interceptor missiles could have protected the country from a nuclear attack.

So Obama comes in office, and in a move of great timing he cancels the deal-- on the 70th anniversary of the Russian invasion of Poland!

And so Obama, who talked so strenuously about 'fixing' alliances has actually damaged alliances far more than George W. Bush. Bush pushed for and succeeded in forging relationships with Eastern European, former Soviet bloc, and other democratic nations. Obama has so far insulted Britain, Israel, Poland, and the Czech Republic and has opened his hand to Cuba, Libya, Syria, Russia, and Iran.

Is there a problem here?

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