President Meathead strikes again: gives Russia and Iran the advantage.
A simple Scud missile, with a nuclear warhead, could be fired from an inconspicuous freighter in international waters off our coast and detonated high above America. This is where the Airborne Laser aircraft program, canceled by this administration, would come in handy.
Aleksander Szczyglo, head of, characterized the change as a “defeat primarily of American long-distance thinking about the situation in this part of .”
“No Radar. Russia won,” the largest Czech daily, Mlada Fronta Dnes, declared in a front-page headline.
Dismay in Europe as Obama ditches missile defence (Times Online)
“For Putin, the lesson of today’s decision is clear. Intransigence pays dividends.”
Putin says Obama brave (Reuters)
Obama Officially Abandons Missile Defense in Europe (Heritage Foundation)
Abandoning our best missile defense option in Europe only encourages Iran to speed up their ballistic missile program so that they can get their threat in place before a European missile defense system is available. We are in a depserate race to beat the clock on Iran’s nuclear program. Why on earth are we stopping now to let the Iranians catch up?
Ballistic Missiles: The Ostrich Defense (Commentary)
The bottom line, however, is that the use of tactical missile-defense assets alone is not the most effective counter to a long-range missile threat. Obama’s action simply assumes that threat away. He is deciding not to install one of the three sites that were to give North America the most-effective defense possible against long-range missiles. The same site would have given our European allies layered and more capable protection. The decision leaves a significant geographic hole in American defenses and weakens Europe’s. The tactical alternatives Obama refers to cannot do the same job—intercepting longer-range missiles from, at a minimum, Iran—and their deployment to defend Europe would meet with much the same political resistance from Russia as the original Bush plan did. Obama is thus assuming that the job of intercepting longer-range missiles will not need doing at all, at least not on this geographic vector. It is that assumption that he and his apologists should have to defend.