Why, oh why, oh why, does President Obama insist on spitting in the faces of our allies? During the Bush years, the liberals went on and on about how Bush was alienating our friends throughout the world, particularly in Europe. Obama ran on a platform that would improve our image worldwide. So where's the fruit of his promises?
Early in his presidency, Obama rudely returned a bust of Winston Churchill, a gift from the British after 9/11. He added to his improper behavior by presenting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown with a DVD collection of classic American movies which would not operate in the UK because of region-specific limitations. Obviously, that was not his responsibility to recognize this fact. But, shouldn't someone in his administration have been aware of this problem? He made America look foolish.
Now, with the Iranian nuclear threat growing greater by the day, President Obama has now decided to renege on America's promise to build a missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. He chooses to instead cave into demands from Russia to abandon our allies in Europe, while foolishly trusting the Russians to keep a promise to help stop a nuclear Iran. When have the Russians ever proven themselves worthy of our trust? What a nonsensical move on the part of Obama, to abandon our allies and kowtow to the demands of the Russians.
Read from Atlas Shrugs:
Obama Officially Abandons Our Allies on Missile Defense in Europe
"Add to the list two more allies of the US Obama is throwing to the wolves. Another terrible betrayal .... It is not possible to suspend one's disbelief to actually think Russia will abandon the Iranian nuclear project - of which they are so very much a part.
Winston Churchill speaking after the Battle of Britain: 'Never before in the history of mankind has one man visited so much insanity'.
Obama Officially Abandons Missile Defense in Europe
'According to the Polish daily, Gazeta Wyborcza, sources in the United States have confirmed that the Obama administration has made the decision to abandon our anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. Unfortunately this news is not surprising at all. In March of this year it was revealed that President Obama 'secretly' offered Moscow a grand bargain whereby it would sacrifice missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic in exchange for Moscow’s help discouraging Iran’s nuclear program. Then in his July summit with Moscow, Obama reinforced his message that missile defense remains a bargaining chip that can exchanged for his college dream of a nuclear free world.
This is a grave mistake for several reasons:
*The decision to abandon the 'third site' deployment of 10 missile interceptors in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic violates President Obama’s pledge to support missile defense that is 'pragmatic and cost-effective.' Ground based missile defense is effective, affordable, and available now.
*According to the Congressional Budget Office, alternatives to the third site do not provide a comparable level of defense. The CBO concluded that the estimated $9-14 billion 20-year cost of the third site was half of the estimated costs of a sea-based alternative.
*Reneging on our promise to Poland and the Czech Republic sends a terrible signal to our allies in the region.
Abandoning our best missile defense option in Europe only encourages Iran to speed up their ballistic missile program so that they can get their threat in place before a European missile defense system is available. We are in a desperate race to beat the clock on Iran’s nuclear program. Why on earth are we stopping now to let the Iranians catch up?'"
His college dream of a nuclear free world? Obama needs to wake up from his dream world and face reality. We have evil enemies lurking in all corners of the world who cannot be trusted to lay down their arms and be peaceful. Is this a rerun of the Jimmy Carter years? I strongly believe so.
If his abandoning of Poland and the Czech Republic hasn't caused your blood to boil, perhaps this will. He is making it increasingly more difficult for Israel to protect itself from his Muslim brothers in the Middle East and Iran.
Again, read from Atlas Shrugs:
Anti-Semitism: Obama, Revoke Your Choke on Israel
"It sickens freedom lovers: the money and support Obama is throwing at jihadist regimes while cutting off nascent and established democracies. The US is shtooping Hamas more cash, yet again, while cutting off the oxygen to the Jewish people. No surprise from the Muhammadan president, but he is not an absolute ruler. Call and write your Congressmen. Hold them accountable. It is not difficult to understand why an anti-semitic Administration would seek to diminish Israel’s defensive capability.
CONGRESS: REVOKE THE BAN ON EXPORTS OF THE THE F-22 TO ISRAEL
If Congress does not reverse the ban on exports of the F-22 Raptor, it will become complicit in furthering the Obama Administration’s commitment to deny Israel the option of defending herself from the Iranian nuclear threat.
To date, the Administration has denied the Israel military’s requests to: Purchase in-flight refueling tankers; fly over Iraqi air-space; install its advanced electronics into the F-35; purchase Apache attack helicopters; and now, purchase F-22 stealth fighters.
For US strategic purposes, we have stationed an advanced early radar system in the Negev at a compound accessible only to US personnel. The system can monitor aircraft or missile activity up to 1,500 miles away. This capability could give Israel an extra 60-70 seconds to react should Iran fire a missile. However, the Administration has denied Israel any direct access to the data collected. Israel will only be fed intelligence second hand, on a need-to-know basis by its American operators. Complained one top official, 'It’s like a pair of golden handcuffs on Israel.'
It is difficult to understand why the Administration seeks to diminish Israel’s defensive capability, particularly given the reports that the Air Force has sought to sell the ultra-advanced F-22 Raptor abroad to trusted US allies, 'as a way of plussing up the numbers and production'. It initially intended to purchase 300-800 F-22’s, which was cut to 442, then 381, and most recently to just over 180. With F-22 production set to terminate around 2010, and increasing concern over the capability gap between other US fighters, and global competitors like the SU-30 family, MIG-35, et. al., some planners are becoming concerned. They believe that maintaining the F-22 production line through exports extends the USA’s decision options, in sync with former Air Force chief of staff, Gen. McPeak’s plea not to compromise 'our future air combat capabilities.'
No discussion of our capabilities can ignore the contribution Israel made in developing US supremacy in the air. Retired Air Force intelligence chief, Gen. George F. Keegan, when discussing Israeli assistance in discovery of Soviet capabilities, new weapons, electronics and jamming devices, said, 'I could not have procured the intelligence…with five CIAs.' He maintained during the Cold War that 'the ability of the U.S. Air Force in particular, and the Army in general, to defend whatever position it has in NATO owes more to the Israeli intelligence input than it does to any single source of intelligence.' Surely the fact that Mossad had convinced an Iraqi pilot to fly the Soviet’s premier fighter, the MIG-21 to an Israeli base, contributed to the General’s observation. At the time (1966) the US had no clue as to how it was built, what its weaknesses were, nor which weapons should be developed against it…that is, until the Israelis loaned her MIG-21 to the US Air Force.
It is also striking, given the millions of unemployed Americans, and the White House’s otherwise strong commitment to bailing out suffering industries, that the Administration is seeking to phase-out production of the F-22. Production would help Lockheed-Martin and its major suppliers retain 25,000 jobs in California, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas, and 95,000 jobs overall in 44 states when subcontractors are included. Thus, should Congress reverse the ban on exports Israel wishes to purchase, it would provide a painless stimulus to the economy, and bolster our 'future air combat capabilities' at the same time.
Though the Obama Administration has not courted the vast pro-Israel sentiment of Christians and Jews, Congress is obligated to act on the wishes of the overwhelming millions of Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike, who would not deny Israel the right to defend herself against the threat of extinction.
Formerly Deputy Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Jewish Committee"
Actually, it is not "difficult to understand why the Administration seeks to diminish Israel’s defensive capability". The man and most of his administration despise Israel.