Obama isn’t even sworn in yet, and already his resolve is being tested:
Russia says it sees no prospect of Iran firing missiles at Europe and that the U.S. system is a direct threat to its national security.
The European Union this week expressed “strong concern” over Moscow’s plan to deploy the Iskander systems near Poland.
“There is a very important detail here — these plans (to deploy Iskander missiles) will be implemented only in case the U.S. missile defense system is launched,” Interfax quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko as saying.
“If the United States does not deploy it, then the very need for Russia to take these precautionary measures will be removed,” Grushko said.
Compare how Obama responds to the Russians, with how the Iranians responded to President-Elect Reagan — by releasing their American hostages as he was being sworn in. Russia is trying to hold the entire nation of Poland hostage. Will Obama let them? Maybe:
“President Kaczynski raised missile defense, but President-elect Obama made no commitment on it. His position is as it was throughout the campaign, that he supports deploying a missile defense system when the technology is proved to be workable.”
That’s the statement released by Obama foreign policy advisor Denis McDonough — which apparently doesn’t match up with what Obama promised Polish President Lech Kaczynski.
I thought having President Obama in office would mean bad things for Georgia and Ukraine. Now it looks like he’s willing to trade away everything east of the Oder-Neisse Line. But what does he think we’ll get in return? Promises of good conduct from Vlad Putin?