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Monday, February 09, 2009

Biden to Eastern Europe on Missile Defense: "You're Screwed"

On the planned missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, Biden said the US would "continue to develop missile defenses to counter a growing Iranian capability, provided the technology is proven to work and cost effective."

"We will do so in consultation with our NATO allies and Russia."

Well, since Russia has consistantly opposed this project and with Germany and France not very keen on the project either, chances are pretty slim that the shield is ever going to be installed, despite serious political damages to the Eastern European governments involved, after they put their credibility at stake with the Bush-backed plan.

So the Obama administration would have no problem in scrapping the missile defense shield and it is probably a matter of months until they will do so, the moment Moscow signals some opening.

The Obama adminsitration is bringing back another phrase that had gone missing during the Bush years: "It's dangerous to be America's enemy, its fatal to be America's friend."

Message to Eastern Europe: you screwed up, you trusted us.

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