The announcement yesterday by the Obama administration to abandon the Third Site missile defense system, in the Czech Republic and Poland, is going to have far reaching implications into the future defense capabilities of the U.S., and a devastating impact on our relationship with our allies in Eastern Europe. Poland and the Czech Republic, both staunch allies of ours in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have both gone out on a precarious limb to help us with this critical defense system. What happened to them was the diplomatic equivalent of having the rug pulled out from under them, and then being kicked, Chicago style, while they were on the ground. Then to announce this on the 70th anniversary of the German invasion of Poland further underscores the hubris, insensitivity, and complete lack of historical perspective that this President has.
Just 6 months ago, this President was lauding this missile defense program as a great step forward, and now he just changes his mind? This day will be the day that historians will note as the point when the west began to lose influence and stature in Eastern Europe, and ceded hegemonic control of this crucial part of the world back to Russia. In 1961 Nikita Khrushchev looked into the eyes of a young President and saw weakness, which in turn brought our countries to the brink of nuclear destruction. Today KGB agent Vladimir Putin looked into the eyes of an extremely inexperienced, community organizer President, and also saw weakness. Yesterday this weak President signaled to Mr. Putin all he needed to know about what the United States response would be to his foreign exploits.
Fortunately the Obama administration sent over to Poland, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control Ellen Tauscher, who received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, to explain why we were taking this action. I suspect that she will be very effective using construction paper cutouts to make her point. Folks, you can’t make this stuff up. This is truly a sad day for our country and the new democracies of Eastern Europe.