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Obama Sells the US and NATO Down the River

Obama Scuttles Defense ShieldWARSAW, POLAND: Today the Wall Street Journal revealed (below) that as recently as this spring Russia has been deploying tactical nuclear weapons on the borders of our NATO allies. To understand the issues at stake we need to examine some background.

NATO was formed after WWII primarily as a defense against the Soviets and was proven effective during the cold war, leading to the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union. The United States is the primary funder of NATO and is the most influential member of the alliance. For a deterrent against nuclear deployment NATO relied on the principle of mutually assured destruction, which was effective in preventing nuclear strikes for over 50 years.

Now we have a new game, with Russia and Islamic rogue states in play. The proliferation of nuclear weapons renders the mutually assured destruction defense inoperative. What is required is a new European missile defense system to protect against Russia, Iran and others. In 2007 the US started formal negotiations with Poland and the Czech Republic to construct the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System to protect against Soviet and Islamic threats. This was the beginning of a new strategy to permanently protect the free countries in Europe from domination and destruction.

Candidate Obama gave lip-service to protecting Europe with this new defense shield:

His position is as it was throughout the campaign, that he supports deploying a missile defence system when the technology is proved to be workable.  Denis McDonough, Foreign policy adviser to Mr Obama BBC News

But just 4 days after his election he revealed that Obama was lying during the campaign on this issue:

Obama denies Poland missile vow. US President-elect Barack Obama has not given a commitment to go ahead with plans to build part of a US missile defence system in Poland, an aide says. BBC News, November 8, 2008.

In September of 2009 Obama officially scuttled the US missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. This resulted in destroying the long-standing relationship the US has had with one of its strongest allies while buying nothing from the Russians.

The world has not become not safer since Obama became president and his policies have done nothing to discourage Iran from its quest for nuclear weapons. In October we learned from Iranian Defense Ministry analyst Alireza Saeidabadi that Iran plans to nuke the US and Israel. Now just this month we learned that Korea built a new nuclear reactor capable of producing fissionable material to increase their bomb-making capacity. Is now the time to be mothballing NATO’s missile defense?

President Obama is trying to push a New START treaty through his lame-duck Congress to further disarm the US at the same time elevating Russia to the status of a superpower. Today’s Wall Street Journal reveals that Obama knows that Russia has been deploying tactical nuclear warheads on NATO borders as recently as this spring:

The U.S. believes Russia has moved short-range tactical nuclear warheads to facilities near North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies as recently as this spring, U.S. officials say, adding to questions in Congress about Russian compliance with long-standing pledges ahead of a possible vote on a new arms-control treaty. Adam Entous and Jonathan Weisman, WSJ

Why did Obama scuttle the European defense shield? Why did he undermine our relationship with Poland? Why does he buy time for Iran to develop nukes? Why does he push a New START treaty while allowing Russians to deploy nukes along the borders of our NATO allies? The only consistent explanation for these actions is that Obama actively desires to sell both the US and its NATO allies down the river.  At this point, only one question remains. Why do 26% of Americans strongly approve of this president?

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