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Change (in positions) #2 – Missile Shield

November 9, 2008

We saw #1 yesterday with the One’s backtracking on required community service.

Now it appears that we have reached the second change in positions since the One’s ascension to PE-BHO. Specifically, the BBC reports that Obama has changed his position on missile defense with regard to a vow he made to Poland:

In a statement published on his website on Saturday, Poland’s president said Mr Obama had “emphasised the importance of the strategic partnership of Poland and the United States and expressed hope in the continuation of political and military co-operation between our countries.”

“He also said that the missile defence project would continue,” the statement added.

When asked about the declaration, [Obama aide, Denis] McDonough said that the US president-elect had had “a good conversation” with Mr Kaczynski about the American-Polish alliance and discussed missile defence, but “made no commitment on it”.

“His position is as it was throughout the campaign, that he supports deploying a missile defence system when the technology is proved to be workable,” Mr McDonough told the Associated Press.

In the past, Mr Obama has said he wants to review the plans for a missile defence system in central Europe to ensure it would be effective and not target Russia.

But the BBC’s Adam Easton in Warsaw says the Russian government believes the plan to locate 10 interceptor missiles in northern Poland and a tracking radar in the Czech Republic will do exactly that.

AFP has more on this:

The statement by President Kaczynski appeared to put a different spin on the conversation between the two men.

“Barack Obama has underlined the importance of the strategic partnership between Poland and the United States, he expressed his hope of continuing the political and military cooperation between our two countries,” the statement read.

“He also said the anti-missile shield project would go ahead,” said a statement said.

Warsaw and Washington signed a deal on August 14 to base part of a US missile shield in Poland, despite Moscow’s opposition and mounting East-West tensions over Georgia.

The United States wants to base 10 interceptor missiles in Poland plus a radar facility in the neighboring Czech Republic by 2011-2013 to complete a system already in place in the United States, Greenland and Britain.

Washington says the shield — endorsed by NATO in February — is aimed at fending off potential attacks by so-called “rogue states” such as Iran, and is in no way aimed at Russia.

This is a poor choice by Obama early on in his nascent administration. Russia recently made it clear that it was going to deploy short range missiles to the Baltic. Russia also made it clear that this is a direct protest to the missile shield. This is a bad sign if PE-BHO capitulates to this show of aggression. No, I am not advocating a ground war with the Russians (we could win), but I am advocating that the President Elect with “steel in his spine” not make his first act as PE-NHO an act made from a position of weakness. We here on the right are rooting for PE-BHO to succeed. It is in our best interests as a country to remain a superpower. As such, he needs to ignore Madeline Albright’s declaration that the United States should not be the only superpower and show us some of the Chicago Politics Thuggery in foreign relations. 

– Yossarian

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3 comments

  1. […] Change (in positions) #2 – Missile ShieldIn a statement published on his website on Saturday, Poland’s president said Mr Obama had “emphasised the importance of the strategic partnership of Poland and the United States and expressed hope in the continuation of political and … […]


  2. not ‘the One’. You sound like a [a golden god]. I’ll never look at your site again [because I am unworthy of your awesomeness].
    Moderate that [most superior being].


  3. fixed that for you.



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