Obama Abandons Poland
On the 70th Anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Poland, Barack Obama announced that he was abandoning Bush era plans to install ballistic missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic, pleasing Moscow and igniting fear among our Eastern European allies.
In my New Atlanticist essay “Obama Abandons Poland and Czech Missile Defense,” I take exception to the strategic rationale offered by the president and his ministers and chalk it up to ideology, instead.
The strategic situation has not changed radically in the thirteen months since the system was first announced, although May’s launch of a Sejil-2 missile did change the urgency of getting a system in place. What has changed is the political landscape. Obama is continuing the Democratic Party line, going back to the announcement of the Strategic Defense Initiative by Ronald Reagan, of skepticism on the merits of missile defense.
While I believe Russia had little to nothing to do with this, they will see it as appeasement and a reward for bullying.