"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. 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." - President Obama, April 5, 2009.
"I think we are fully capable and secure dealing with any present or future potential Iranian threat.. The whole purpose of this exercise we are undertaking is to diminish the prospect of the Iranians destabilizing that region in the world. I am less concerned -- much less concerned -- about the Iranian potential. They have no potential at this moment, they have no capacity to launch a missile at the United States of America." - Vice President Joe Biden, September 17, 2009.
I certainly hope that I am not the only one who sees the irony that today, September 17, 2009, is the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's successful invasion of Poland at the Kresy, and that on today, September 17, 2009, President Obama has cowardly sent 4 of his minions to Poland
to inform our former friends that will no longer consider their safety a priority.
I know that the focus for our country has been domestic as of late, as President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Max Baucus try desperately to destroy economic and social freedom in this country by the end of the year, but the action by Obama to turn America's back on our former allies is the largest foreign policy shift in recent times. No longer are we on the side of Great Britain, Germany, Poland, and so many of the other members of NATO and Eastern Europe who joined our causes, such as the war on terror, over the years. They have been replaced, because this maneuver puts us in bed with such countries as Russia
, North Korea, Iran, China
, and Venezuela, all who have spoken out against the missile defense shield and the prospects of America being able to defend itself and its allies from attack.
The tin-foil hat club that follows Obama as if he were the Pied Piper of Chicagoland will call this hyperbole and ridiculous, but I assure you that what Obama did today hurts our standing with our allies more than anything that President Bush ever did. Not that I care what they think, because I would be more interested in what people like Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Tony Blair, and Angela Merkel feel about America turning its back on our friends.
And when you're reading Biden's quote above, keep in mind that it came out today that Iran does have the capacity to create a nuclear warhead. The International Atomic Energy Agency
says so. Sorry, Joe, but you're timing - as usual - couldn't be worse.
Labels: National Defense, NATO, President Obama, Russia