WARSAW, 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. Read more…