Sadly, This Is Putin’s Moment; Obama Is The One Putin Has Been Waiting For.
I miss Ronald Reagan more than ever. Today, President Obama announced that he’s scrapping the Missile Defense Shield, which only serves to empower Russia and leaves all of Eastern Europe defenseless.
Times of London had an excellent analysis of why this is so wrong. You can read full article here:, but here’s an Excerpt:
Vladimir Putin could be forgiven for having a celebratory shot of vodka with breakfast this morning at news that President Obama plans to abandon America’s missile defence shield in Eastern Europe.
His implacable opposition to the project has paid off, leaving the Kremlin emboldened in its drive to re-establish a strategic “sphere of privileged interests” over Russia’s former Soviet satellites.
By trading the loyalty of Poland and the Czech Republic to satisfy Russia’s security concerns, the United States is signalling that it no longer contests Moscow’s right to assert its interests in Eastern Europe.
Ukraine and Georgia’s chances of entering Nato over Russian objections have diminished further. The timing is disastrous for Ukraine in particular, given the Kremlin’s determination to reverse the pro-Western Orange Revolution and ensure victory for a pro-Russian candidate at presidential elections in January.
The Baltic States, already in Nato, will be feeling a chill as they ponder an even more assertive Russia…
What are the reasons for this? Obama doesn’t like Eastern European people because they are “bitterly clinging” to, you know, freedom and life and stuff? Thanks to Obama’s decision, that clinging just got a hell of a lot more difficult. Obama said the missile shield is “too provocative”. How the hell is a defense mechanism “provocative”? Don’t cover your head when someone tries to beat you up, you provoker!
President Obama, I am growing weary of having to explain basic ideas and principles to you and of trying desperately to force you into having a modicum of common sense, man. You see, often empty rhetoric and feel good-y platitudes really are ‘just words’. Sometimes one needs more than words; like when MISSILES ARE POINTED AT YOU.
Perhaps the best thing I can do is leave you with the words of President Ronald Reagan. First, President Reagan’s Address to the Nation on Defense and National Security including the SDI – 3/23/83. Followed by his Evil Empire speech from earlier that month, both of the utmost import still today.
A Teachable Moment, President Obama.
Transcript and audio clips for the March 23, 1983 SDI address can be found at Newt.org . Below, I’ve posted some key points, but I really recommend watching the videos or heading over to Newt.org to hear audio clips with transcripts.
We maintain the peace through our strength; weakness only invites aggression….
We can’t afford to believe that we will never be threatened. There have been two world wars in my lifetime. We didn’t start them and, indeed, did everything we could to avoid being drawn into them. But we were ill-prepared for both. Had we been better prepared, peace might have been preserved….
Some people may still ask: Would the Soviets ever use their formidable military power? Well, again, can we afford to believe they won’t? There is Afghanistan. And in Poland, the Soviets denied the will of the people and in so doing demonstrated to the world how their military power could also be used to intimidate.
The final fact is that the Soviet Union is acquiring what can only be considered an offensive military force. They have continued to build far more intercontinental ballistic missiles than they could possibly need simply to deter an attack. Their conventional forces are trained and equipped not so much to defend against an attack, as they are to permit sudden, surprise offensives of their own.
Let me share with you a vision of the future which offers hope. It is that we embark on a program to counter the awesome Soviet missile threat with measures that are defensive. Let us turn to the very strengths in technology that spawned our great industrial base and that have given us the quality of life we enjoy today.
What if free people could live secure in the knowledge that their security did not rest upon the threat of instant U.S. retaliation to deter a Soviet attack, that we could intercept and destroy strategic ballistic missiles before they reached our own soil or that of our allies?