Yalta ’09 – Unilateralism We Shouldn’t Believe In.
To properly commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Josef Stalin’s invasion of Poland in 1939, US President Barack Obama announced the decision to halt all development of Ballistic Missile Defense in Eastern Europe. Eastern Europe cringed; the Russian’s celebrated and tried not to appear overly smug. The avuncular, cuddly President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, denounced the Holocaust as a lie and predicted the eminent demise of Israel. It was all in a day’s work for America’s foppish dandy of a boy president.
Barack Obama described his new passive air defense plans in much the same way he described his health control plan to a joint session of Congress. It was a shame Congressman Joe Wilson wasn’t on hand to provide accurate and timely analysis. Orwell’s poltergeist blushed as Barack Obama described his new, inexpensive, energy-efficient strategy of doing nothing.
The best way to responsibly advance our security and the security of our allies is to deploy a missile defense system that best responds to the threats that we face and that utilizes technology that is both proven and cost-effective. – Barack Obama (HT: FT.Com)
Poland offered a differing strategic assessment of the Obama Administration’s decision. Polish President Lech Kaczynski feared that Poland was now in “a dangerous gray zone” between Western Europe and Russia. This was more diplomatic than “You Lie!” but nonetheless apropos.
Polish and Czech newspapers offered greater insight regarding how these two American allies really felt.
“Betrayal! The U.S. sold us to Russia and stabbed us in the back,” the Polish tabloid Fakt declared on its front page.
A Czech business daily stated the obvious.
“an ally we rely on has betrayed us, and exchanged us for its own, better relations with Russia, of which we are rightly afraid.”
Russian Dominus et Deus, Vladimir Putin, decided not to gloat over much as he made further demands Barack Obama. His KGB slip showed ever-so-teasingly in this statement of demands from an enfeebled rival.
“I expect that after this correct and brave decision, others will follow, including the complete removal of all restrictions on the transfer of high technology to Russia and activity to widen the membership of the World Trade Organization to (include) Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus,” Putin said.(HT: Reuters)
While Putin at least had the dignity not to gloat (much), the Nut-job President of Iran demonstrated the class and distinction you come to expect from a guy who convenes academic conferences to deny the historical occurrence of the Holocaust. He demonstrated just the sort of behavioral inclinations that made George W. Bush seek missile defense upgrades during an annual anti-Israel rally in Qods, Iran.
“The pretext (Holocaust) for the creation of the Zionist regime (Israel) is false … It is a lie based on an unprovable and mythical claim,” he told worshippers at Tehran University at the end of an annual anti-Israel “Qods (Jerusalem) Day” rally.
“Confronting the Zionist regime is a national and religious duty.”
And what anti-Israel rally would be complete without a prediction of Israel’s doom. The last guy on Earth that anyone would want to see waving around a nuclear launch briefcase maundered on through sadly predictable terrain.
“This regime (Israel) will not last long. Do not tie your fate to it … This regime has no future. Its life has come to an end,”
And against this leafy, green background of irrational hatred from Ahmadinejad and gutless appeasement from Barack Obama, we get the following news. It seems, with missile defense now off the table, the International Atomic Energy Agency can now let the cat wiggle out of the bag. Breitbart bears the bad tidings.
Experts at the world’s top atomic watchdog are in agreement that Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and is on the way to developing a missile system able to carry an atomic warhead, according to a secret report seen by The Associated Press.
The document says Iran has “sufficient information” to build a bomb. It says Iran is likely to “overcome problems” on developing a delivery system.
So US President Barack Obama has sawed Poland and Czechoslovakia off the periphery of the United States defense perimeter with a speech reminiscent of this one from Dean Acheson. The Russians thank him for his humble compliance – while demanding still much more.
The President of Iran understands well that the US has for all intents and purposes approved of his program to build nuclear weapons. This capitulatory approval was so obvious that the UNIAEA inspectors no longer see any point in even denying that Iran will produce thermonuclear missiles. Wasn’t there some pledge by Candidate Obama that he would rebuild our diplomatic standing in the rest of the world? How would Joe Wilson describe that pledge right about now?