Breaking An Important Promise

On Friday, Investor’s Business Daily posted a commentary on the fact that America has decided not to install a missle defense system in Poland because of Russian objections.  I am truly sorry to hear this.  First of all, this was a promise made to Poland before President Obama took office; to break that promise raises the question of whether promises made by America will be honored after an election.  Secondly, with Iran about to go nuclear, it is in everyone’s best interest to have missle shields in place to avoid nuclear blackmail.  Thirdly, why are we letting the Russians dictate American foreign policy?

The editorial points out:

“This is a stark reversal of past policy and reneges on promises made by the current administration. Worse, it shows weakness. We got into a staredown with the Russian bear and we blinked.

“President Obama has vowed to support missile defense, provided it was “pragmatic and cost-effective.” Well, the Congressional Budget Office rated the system going into Poland and the Czech Republic as the most effective of the alternatives.

“As for promises to our allies, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just this month said the U.S. would offer our allies a “defense umbrella” against threats from a possible Iranian nuclear weapon.

“Now, all that high-sounding defense rhetoric is out the window.”

What we are seeing now is the action of a very inexperienced and naive president and state department.  Theoretically, because we have agreed not to put up the missle shield, Russia has agreed to help us deal with the problem of Iran having nuclear weapons.  I don’t like being cynical, but I just don’t see that happening.