Friends with our enemies, creating enemies with our friends is the US foreign policy. On Thursday, the Obama Administration has changed direction by eliminating a land based missile defense system which was supposed to located in Poland and the Czech Republic. Instead the US will use a ocean and land based missile system much to the delight of the Russian government.
The decision by the Administration as recommendation of Defense Secretary of State Robert Gates. President Obama said the threat from a long range missile from Iran has receded, the threat from medium and short range missile was real.
Secretary Gates says in phase II there maybe a land based missile system in Eastern Europe. President Obama personally contacted the heads of state in Czech Republic and Poland state his case and reassured them of US support. But the countries to the west and south of Russia(the former Soviet Republics) is scared of the Russia to reacquire the democratic nations.
“This is not good news for the Czech state, for Czech freedom and independence,” said Mirek Topolanek, the former Czech Prime Minister. “It puts us in a position where we are not firmly anchored in terms of partnership, security and alliance, and that’s a certain threat.”
The Russians were overjoyed. However they want verification that the US will follow through decision on missile defense system. A spokeperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry said, “Such a development would be in line with the interests of our relations with the United States.”
Reaction from the Republicans was outrage. “The decision announced today by the Administration is dangerous and short-sighted,” the No 2 Republican in the Senate, Jon Kyl, said in a statement. Kyl said the US is “vulnerable to the growing Iranian long-range missile threat” The decision will send our eastern European allies in fear and distrust of the US.
“This will be a bitter disappointment, indeed, even a warning to the people of Eastern Europe,” said Sen. Kyl who points out The Czech Republic sent troops to both Iran and Afghanistan.”Today the Administration has turned its back on these allies.”