OBAMA: THE MISSILE DEFENSE SCRAP.
appease or not to appease.
Touching on most issues affecting the United States, both domestic and International, President Obama worked very hard to answer both his critics and supporters on Race, Health Care, CIA Probe, etc.; yet, the most important issue was the decision to scrap a planned missile defense shield in Eastern Europe.
In his argument that his administration will have a different missile defense plan relying on a network of sensors and interceptor missiles based "at sea, on land and in the air", happens to sound plausible and practical; but fails to indicate what the Russian will give back in return.
The Russians will undoubtedly gain an advantage, however slight; although they are musing that they will also scrap a reciprocating plan to deploy missiles near Poland. Nevertheless, will that be enough to counteract what they deem as "victory of reason over ambitions." in regard to President Obama's move?
His missile plan will deter Iran's potential threat and eventual attack by the use of short and medium range missiles on U.S troops and allies in the Mideast and Europe; an assurance that has still sent jitters through countries like Poland and the Czech Republic, and a feeling of abandonment is what they now feel.
Part of the American News media, The Wall Street Journal, per se, is mulling over the idea that, "the U.S. is working hard to create antagonists where it previously had friends"; and that the Russians who are paranoid before are now feeling a kind of relief.
Both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have made comments on the Obama administration gesture of the said defense system's withdrawal; with Secretary Gates writing in The New York Times that, "considerations for Russia played no role in his recommendation to the president to shift course."; as also the Secretary of State Clinton assuring analysts and critics that the "missile defense shift will only build on the U.S. capacity to protect itself and its allies from Iran". She adds among other things that, "we would never, never, walk away from our allies." in an answer to what others are describing as a snub to U.S. friends.
If such an expensive overture is going to have an equally reciprocal response, President Obama still has the opportunity, which is being given him this week, as the first U.S. President to chair the U.N. Security Council, to galvanize support from Russia and other council members to increase heavy sanctions on Iran, compelling it to renounce its nuclear ambitions.
FOX News, and therefore FOX channel; the only place that has not been visited by the president on his Sunday blitz yesterday, by visiting other news media venues, happens to be the one that has made a brilliant remark that it expects him "to emerge from a summit on arms control with a resolution that advances his goals of a nuclear-free world. The measure will try to put heat on Iran and North Korea, without singling out any country."; and that is something that he has to be able to do at the U.N.
The question of the defense of the U.S., and consequently that of its allies, is extremely important; and it cannot be denied by treating it with much less caution as any other "ordinary" issue by any president, let alone the first African-American president of the United States of America. We wish him luck.