National security in the era of Obama: Scary

Posted by: ST on September 17, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Oh, let’s see – where do we start?

Here’s Joe Biden, explaining why the US has decided to scrap the European missile defense program (via Ed Morrissey):

Vice President Joe Biden earlier refused to confirm to CNN that the George W. Bush-era plan was being shelved.

But he did explain the logic of doing so, saying Iran — a key concern for the United States — was not a threat.

“I think we are fully capable and secure dealing with any present or future potential Iranian threat,” he told CNN’s Chris Lawrence in Baghdad, where he is on a brief trip.

“The whole purpose of this exercise we are undertaking is to diminish the prospect of the Iranians destabilizing that region in the world. I am less concerned — much less concerned — about the Iranian potential. They have no potential at this moment, they have no capacity to launch a missile at the United States of America,” he said.

Bad timing, Joe:

VIENNA (AP) – 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 drafted by senior officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency is the clearest indication yet that the agency’s leaders share Washington’s views on Iran’s weapon-making capabilities.

It appears to be the so-called “secret annex” on Iran’s nuclear program that Washington says is being withheld by the IAEA’s chief.

The document says Iran has “sufficient information” to build a bomb. It says Iran is likely to “overcome problems” on developing a delivery system.

Whoops.

ST reader Anthony has a must-read response blasting the administration’s announcement on the missile defense shield program, and reminds us all that it’s not exactly like Americans weren’t warned prior to the election of Barack Obama. Read related thoughts via Ed Morrissey.

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  1. Anthony says:

    The shortsighted folly of the administration is mind-numbing. Not only is it appeasement of Moscow, but how on Earth is any potential ally supposed to trust us again? Even if the Republicans take charge and run a real-world foreign policy, what happens when the neo-McGovernites Democrats win another election? No sane government will risk anything to help us, given the chance that the next administration will stab them in the back.

    I’m still livid over this. x(

  2. Bill says:

    Brilliant move on our part! Give the Russians everything they want without an agreement for anything given up on their part so they can continue to sell arms and give other support to our enemies (Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, etc). Wow! That Obama is such a crafty statesman! I’ll sleep better tonight knowing we don’t have to worry about those pesky Russians getting upset with us about a silly missile defense shield.

  3. Carlos says:

    Well, now I’m confused. Knowing that whatever this administration says is the exact opposite of what it means in real English (not Newspeak), how can we feel good about the “system being better than the plan scrapped” but in the same announcement assures the Ruskies the system is essentially harmless to them? If I was a Russian I’d be looking to upgrade my anti-missile defenses post haste.

    Just like Vinnie Barbarino, I’m so confused!

  4. Helen says:

    The timing was brilliant, too. Today is the seventieth anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939, during which they marched off tens of thousands of officers whom they later murdered. They also deported thousands of civilians many of whom they also murdered. September 17 is a date Poles know all too well.

  5. Obama is quickly becoming Jimmy Carter Part II. His foreign policy: screw our friends and reward our enemies.

    Today Iran and Russia are happy, and Poland and the Czech Republic disappointed. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

  6. NC Cop says:

    Sleep tight, America……..and thanks again!!!

  7. Carlos says:

    Don’t worry. Duh-1 will send Hillary over to Poland and the Czech Republic to shmooze them, and if that fails he can always send Frenchy Heinz, I mean Kerry.

    Of course, if that fails too, then he can always pack up TOTUS I and head there himself. I’m just more than certain that all that tet-a-tetting will make things just mahvelous for our standing with our European suckers. I mean friends.

  8. Kate says:

    Nauseating….oh, and I thought that the democrats were sure that missile shield was a waste of money during the Reagan administration…boy did they poke fun at that…and now, they are using it as a sham to cover their overtly pro-Russian appeasement project.

    My heart goes out to the Polish and Czech people who were for once starting to feel at ease with their bully neighbor….I have met many Polish, Czech and Slovakia nationals as my neighbor has family ties with this part of the world….think they like Obama? Does their opinion matter at all? No, since they don’t have any nukes.

  9. Steve Skubinna says:

    Lighten up, guys. Obviously we don’t need missile defenses, or defenses of any kind anymore. Didn’t you get the memo? Everyone likes us again, now that Bush is gone. We’ve returned to the halcyon days of Clinton, or Carter, when nobody ever attacked us and we were everyone’s BFF.

    Just wait – by next July the Iranians will have come around and joined us at our Independence Day barbecues. Vlad Putin will drop by for yucks and back slaps at the next get together Obama has with Chavez and Morales and Castro, mybe Li’l Kim will bring along his next Big Dong, sorry, No Dong missile to show off, and even the Hondurans will be thanking us since no doubt we will have reinstated Zelaya at the point of a bayonet and they’ll be happy Marxists.

  10. Leslie says:

    OMG! OK. Now I believe it’s safe to say the Summer Silly Season, with all its dumb issues that will soon be forgot (will anyone remember Van Jones and Joe Wilson when the cherry blossoms bloom again?), has come to an end, and we’re discussing something REALLY important.

    Thanks for the links and commentary, ST!

    ^:)^

  11. Josephine says:

    Obama and Putin are stroking each other’s edited-language. -STego. Pathetic attempt at being a president!

    Here is a piece I wrote regarding Eastern Europe:

    LINK

    Enjoy! Keep up the great blog post!