The NY Times notes a troubling detail in the timing of the announcement that the US is dropping its plan to build a defense against long-range Iranian missiles in Poland and Czechoslovakia and will instead concentrate on basing a defense against short range Iranian missiles elsewhere:
So it is. This wouldn't have happened if Hillary were in charge! Well, OK, she is at State and we might have hoped that someone could have checked a calendar, but we are talking about an Administration that thinks history began on Jan 20, 2009. Maybe Hillary can deliver Poland a Reset button.
Let's have some more mush from the new wimp:
AND ODDLY: Either this is desperate spin from an embarrassed White House or the Administration has taken the sort of responsible position unlikely to satisfy anyone. It seems that unlike their friends on the left who know that missile defense is destabilizing and a waste of money, Team Obama actually is OK with a missile shield:
The Obama review of missile defense was influenced in large part by evidence that Iran has made significant progress toward developing medium-range missiles that could threaten Europe, even as the prospects of an Iranian intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States remain distant.
In May, Iran launched the Sejil-2, the first successful test of a solid-fuel missile. With an estimated range of around 1,200 miles, it could strike Israel or many parts of Europe. Unlike Iran’s liquid-fuel missiles, a solid-fuel missile can be stored, moved around and fired on shorter notice, and thus is considered by military experts to be a greater threat.
The Obama team relied heavily on research by a Stanford University physicist, Dean Wilkening, who presented the government with research this year arguing that Poland and the Czech Republic were not the most effective places to station a missile defense system against the most likely Iranian threat. Instead, he said, more optimal places to station missiles and radar systems would be in Turkey or the Balkans.
“If you move the system down closer to the Middle East,” it would “make more sense for the defense of Europe, Mr. Wilkening said in an interview.
Interesting, but having abandoned plans for Poland now it is hard to see us putting a site there ten years dwon the road if Iran improves its long range missiles.