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Zakaria: U.S. did the right thing the wrong way on missiles
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The United States is significantly overhauling Bush-era plans for a missile defense shield in Europe, based partly on the latest analysis of Iran's offensive capabilities, President Obama said this week.
The "new missile defense architecture in Europe" will be ready faster, work with existing technology and provide better missile defense than the program proposed by former President George W. Bush, Obama said Thursday.
Iran's short- and medium-range missiles pose the most current threat, he said, and "this new ballistic missile defense will best address" that threat.
A top expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, Senior Vice President James Lindsay, said Obama's decision made strategic sense but does present the president with diplomatic problems.
"Poles and Czechs worry that his decision signals a softening U.S. commitment to their security. Both countries saw the system as a way to tie themselves more closely to the United States and thereby deter an increasingly belligerent Russia," he said.
Obama's Republican adversaries were quick to accuse him of selling out allies to placate Russia.
Absolutely right, but Iran is not a threat to Poland and the Czech Republic. The system that is being scrapped affects these countries. So basically we have former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Bzrezinski's formulation, "a scheme that doesn't work against a threat that doesn't exist."
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Did President Obama's Missile defense decision make strategic sense?
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1530 days ago
maybe he should have kept it there and just added the new one. now the Polish and Czech Americans won't vote for him when re-election time comes. Good, lol. Obama has pissed off so many different groups this year so far, such as PETA people, Iranian Americans, doctors, kanye west and his supporters for calling him a Jackass, lol, and maybe even some ACORN people for agreeing to cut off funds. Yeah, he had to go with congress on that but ACORN people are probably thinking, "we got him into the white house and he didn't stand up for us and at least try". And if ACORN can't have the same influence on the next election like they had on this one, I believe there's a chance Obama won't get re-elected. Not to mention Obama will continue to piss off different groups. My point here has been how he is losing support because of his decisions, and this was one of them, he has already, according to polls.
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