Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Neverending Missile Shield

President Obama has proposed a "new missile defense architecture in Europe" on Thursday; which in turn is scrapping the Bush administration's plans on putting the shield in Poland. The new project "will provide capabilities sooner, build on proven systems and offer greater defenses against the threat of missile attack than the 2007 European missile defense program." President Obama did not go into details, but he did get unanimous support from the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. All of this is good news for Western Europe, since this missile shield would be the only real defense the world has against intercontinental ballistic missiles. Poland and the Czech Republic are not happy campers with the new development since both had based much of their future security policies on getting the missile defense from the US. An unnamed Polish Ministry of Defense spokeswoman went as far as to say, “This is catastrophic for Poland.” Although Poland and the Czech are not happy, the new plans are sure to please Russia and help President Obama foster better relations with the Kremlin, an attempt to get Russia to help support tough U.N. economic sanctions against Iran if it continues to pursue its nuclear ambitions.

Story from CNN

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