Instead of consulting with our allies in NATO, the President slapped our friends in Eastern Europe in the face. The Czech Republic and Poland, were not advised until after the fact, that he is scrapping plans for the Missile Defense system he promised them.
An angry Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, declined to take an after-the-fact call from the U.S. informing him of the decision. Obama didn't even have the balls to call this head of state directly, but instead broke protocol by having Hillary Clinton make the call. It was refused, and rightly so.
I would point out that Obama lied in Prague when he promised the system would be built, except that I might be called a racist by Jew-hater Jimmy Carter. Therefore, based on the new House rules, I will just say he misspoke.
This is the promise he made in Prague on April 9th of this year:
"So let me be clear: Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat, not just to the United States, but to Iran's neighbors and our allies. The Czech Republic and Poland have been courageous in agreeing to host a defense against these missiles. As long as the threat from Iran persists, we will go forward with a missile defense system that is cost-effective and proven. (Applause.) If the Iranian threat is eliminated, we will have a stronger basis for security, and the driving force for missile defense construction in Europe will be removed."
Here's the video of same:
I guess that was the equivalent of another broken campaign promise. The risk to yesterday's move is that it will further undermine the uneasy relationship between Washington and the nations of central and eastern Europe. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, these countries have prized their relationship with the US and their membership in Nato, but they are beginning to question whether Washington will stand up for them against resurgent Russia. Poland and the Czech Republic wanted the missile defense system on their territory because it acted as a security guarantee against potential Russian aggression.
The Kremlin has long opposed the US missile shield, consisting of a radar system in the Czech Republic and deployment of an anti-missile system in Poland, and the President has just granted them their wish on a silver platter... and it seems, without them giving up anything in return.
Wouldn't it have been nice if we offered to do this for Russia provided that they help us disarm Iran? Do you think Reagan, Kennedy or Bush would have done this without getting something thing in return? But what can you expect from the President with no experience and two books written about it. The man who has the mentality of a Mid-Western Junior College professor... lecturing to all about what is right, with no practical experience to base his pronouncements on.
We know the German, French and English leaders mock our President... now you can add Russia to the list. I can hear Putin laughing now!
Everyone kept saying Obama was the second coming of JC... sadly, it turns out JC stands for pathetic Jimmy Carter.