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Polish President Lech Kaczynski says Obama assured him the plans for US ballistic missile defense in Poland were on track. Obama refuses to say he’s committed to it. Is that a problem?
So here we are with Obama telling a world leader one thing and the public another, very much like his statements on NAFTA during the election where he slammed the treaty on the campaign trail while simultaneously winking at the Canucks and saying it was just for the consumption of the gullible American electorate.
But this is not Canada, this is Russia, the former Soviet Union, the Bear who was our enemy for decades and who will be again soon.
As Environmental Republican says, this was a tough deal for Kaczynski to get through. Poland sure has stepped up to the plate for us over and over again. We haven’t always done everything we could or should in return.
A number of folks have emailed, commented, or mentioned to me personally this: Russia to deploy missiles near NATO border
President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that Russia will deploy missiles in territory near NATO member Poland in response to U.S. missile defense plans.
He did not say whether the short-range Iskander missiles would be fitted with nuclear warheads.
In his first state of the nation speech, Medvedev also blamed the U.S. for the war in Georgia and the global financial crisis. He said he hoped Barack Obama would act to improve relations with Russia but he did not offer congratulations to the president-elect.
In all honesty, I doubt this is a direct response to Obama’s win last night. They may have been waiting to see who won before deciding on whether or not to announce it in the speech, but the speech was going to happen regardless and the missiles were going to happen regardless.
It’s more than a bit ironic that the Russians have been calling an anti-missile defensive system a “threat” and are now responding to it by deploying offensive weapons to prove that the US is aggressive. This is akin to whining that people shouldn’t wear body armor because it’s a threat to you, and in response to the threat you’re going to start carrying a gun.
The Russians have been trying to shake the rust off of their sabers, and this is just another move in that direction.
Incidentally, this underscores what I wrote earlier about my fear of demands for a sudden “peace dividend.” With Iraq winding down and an incoming president that seems unlikely to open new active fronts in the war, there is bound to be a lot of calls for sweeping military cuts. Things like missile defense are sure to be near the top of the list.
This is the sort of thing Conservative bloggers might feel they needed to make up if Democrats didn’t really say it. It was Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) speaking at an event in a Boca Raton synagogue:
“I think Iran and Israel are a hell of a lot more important than expanding NATO to Russia’s borders. Why should we? What do we need it for?”
Someone in the crowd says: “Because they invaded Georgia.”
Nadler retorts: “So let ‘em invade Georgia. It’s right next to them. Would we tolerate a foreign–a Russian army in Mexico? Which is more important to us Georgia or Israel, frankly?”
Another voice in the crowd asks Nadler: “What is more important to us Czechoslovakia or Austria?”
“That’s a completely separate kind of question,” Nadler replies. [emphasis Murdoc's]
Seriously. If that was in a movie, Libs would be up in arms claiming the Democratic representative was portrayed unfairly and unrealistically.
Also, notice how he seems to be implying that the Russian attitude toward an independent nation on its border is understandable because America would have a negative attitude toward a Russian army in Mexico.
What? Where was this enemy army in Georgia that the Russians were opposed to? Why didn’t they fight back?
He can’t mean the US troops who had been there a few weeks earlier for training exercises, either. If he does, then does he mean that Russian ships in the Caribbean are justification for the US invasion of Venezuela?
UPDATE: Or Cuba?