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Obama Turns His Back on Czechs, Poles

By Caomhin

Unfortunately it has been confirmed that Obama has decided to abandon the missile defense shield program in Eastern Europe.  I can only imagine how our friends in the Czech Republic and Poland are feeling right now:

WASHINGTON — The White House will shelve Bush administration plans to build a missile-defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, a move likely to cheer Moscow and roil the security debate in Europe.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell confirmed Thursday that a “major adjustment” is planned and said the decision was made to better protect U.S. forces and allies in Europe from Iranian missile attacks.

The U.S. is basing its move on a determination that Iran’s long-range missile program hasn’t progressed as rapidly as previously estimated, reducing the threat to the continental U.S. and major European capitals, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The Czechs and the Poles have been among our most staunch allies over the last decade and here we are, turning away from them, reneging on our commitments.  In Obama’s haste to try and kiss and make up with Russia he apparently has decided that appeasing them is more important than protecting our friends.  To be sure, we should absolutely have a running dialogue with the Russians and find common ground on a multitude of issues, but abandoning our friends should never have been an option.  The biggest loser in all of this is the Georgians, who have already felt Russian aggression from last year and there has been rumblings that Russia is gearing up to go at them again.  Ukrainians have also had serious concerns that Russia may be trying the same tactics on them in the near future, especially after the energy issues between the two nations.

The latest move by the Obama Administration continues to show that appeasing nations with which we have had disagreements is of a higher priority than standing by and protecting our allies.  You can imagine how they are going to try to spin this when they hold their press conference, but there’s no way around it.  We just abandoned our allies.