Obama, The Russians, And Missile Defense: Historical Parallels

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President Obama has caused quite a stir with a private comment made to Russian President Dimitri Medvedev. In discussing missile defense, Obama suggested he would be prepared to yield to Russian demands after the November election. “This is my last election,” said Obama, not knowing his words were being picked up by an open microphone. “After my election, I have more flexibility.” A pleased Medvedev replied: “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir [Putin].”

This is a big deal. Obama understands that his longtime stance against U.S. missile defense—while in full accord with Russian leadership—is not popular with Americans. He cannot codify his stance in a formal agreement with Medvedev and Putin until after the November election—assuming he wins. It was a rare moment when Obama was caught on tape expressing his true beliefs.

Those beliefs are no surprise. Barack Obama has never supported missile defense. In 2008, he openly campaigned to “cut investments.” It is most unfortunate that Americans would elect to the White House a man who rejects missile defense. Time and time again, in poll after poll, the vast majority of Americans have stated that if a nuclear missile were fired at the United States, we should have a missile-defense system (we do not) that would shoot it down. They believe this despite voting for Democratic presidential nominees who blocked missile defense: Al Gore, John Kerry, and Obama.

That said, I was taken aback by the historical irony of Obama’s comment to Medvedev. It came 29 years almost to the day that Ronald Reagan, on March 23, 1983, announced his Strategic Defense Initiative. More fitting, Obama’s remarks came precisely during the period in 1983 when liberal Democrats lined up to ridicule Reagan’s SDI.

Immediately after Reagan’s announcement, Senator Ted Kennedy dashed to the Senate floor to mock the SDI speech as “misleading Red-scare tactics and reckless Star Wars schemes.” The term quickly found itself typed into New York Times headlines that day. Kennedy inspired other Democrats to follow suit. Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) dismissed Reagan’s talk of “Buck Rogers” weapons. Congresswoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA), today a U.S. senator from California, chuckled at the president’s “astrological dream.” Boxer ridiculed Reagan’s vision of flying parking “’garages’ in orbit.” The leftist scientist Carl Sagan, the face of Cosmos, a popular PBS series, joined the fun, howling at Reagan’s silly machine: “In the foreground comes a very attractive laser battle station,” guffawed Sagan, “which then makes a noise like bzzzt … bzzzt … bzzzt.”

Needless to say, the Kremlin absolutely loved this (click here and here). It was a badly needed gift, courtesy of America’s Democrats. Reagan’s announcement had terrified the Russians. They needed a way to turn the tables. They adored the lines about “Star Wars” and “Buck Rogers.” They instantly co-opted the language and created a full propaganda campaign built precisely on these terms of derision by Democrats.

Like with Barack Obama’s statement against missile defense today, the Russians were elated.

That was March 1983. And yet, President Obama’s comments bring to mind another troubling historical analogy. They follow Obama’s September 17, 2009 announcement cancelling plans for joint missile defense between the United States, Poland, and the Czech Republic—former “Captive Nations” of the Soviet Bloc that have become superb U.S. allies, and who still fear the Russians. Obama’s action was a shocking betrayal of these two allies, and it was done to mollify Vladimir Putin and the Russians.

Poles and Czechs were stunned. But Poles especially were aghast at the timing of Obama’s decision: It came exactly 70 years to the day—September 17, 1939—that Stalin’s Red Army, in compliance with the Hitler-Stalin Pact, invaded Poland. The Soviets thereby joined the Nazis in assaulting Poland and starting World War II. Among other calamities for Poland, such as the Katyn Woods massacre, this joint attack made possible the Warsaw Ghetto and Auschwitz. Poland somehow survived, but its Jews did not.

Back then, too, in September 1939, Poland was virtually defenseless, and Uncle Sam didn’t help.

This time, in September 2009, Poles and Czechs were asking for something much simpler: a U.S. commitment to the joint missile-defense system that America had promised under its previous president. No American troops were requested, no American tanks, planes, rifles, bullets, grenades. Only a defense system.

President Obama reversed that promise on September 17, 2009.

Many Poles saw the move as another painful example of Uncle Sam siding with Russia at Poland’s expense and to Poland’s detriment, a tragic history that goes back to Yalta in February 1945.

President Obama’s moves on missile defense contain some chilling historical parallels. This is not good.

Will any of this matter to Obama’s supporters? No, it won’t.

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4 comments to Obama, The Russians, And Missile Defense: Historical Parallels


  • Upaces

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  • Upaces

    It is also treason when a U.S. President Leaks to Iran about a Strike from Israel:

  • Upaces

    The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “treason” as:

    1: the betrayal of a trust; treachery
    2: the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance

    According to our Constitution, Article III, Section 3:

    Treason against the United States, shall consist of levying War against them, or adhering to their Enemies, giving them aid and comfort (italics mine).

    To act in a manner that causes one’s country to become unable to defend itself from external attack, at a time when another country is making daily threats against us, and is about to become armed with nuclear weapons and already has the means to deliver them, could, by these definitions, easily be seen as treason. Indeed, a concerted attack by Iran, in partnership with their Russian pals and Venezuela, and possibly China, ever the opportunists, too, would likely cause the collapse of our economy, and thus our government, and the subsequent excuse to institute martial law. To knowingly make moves that bring about this outcome could not be seen as anything but treason.

    Obama-Soetoro has made it clear from the outset that he hates America and its constitution, capitalism, white people, and Christians
    Obama-Soetoro has made it clear from the outset that he hates America and its constitution, capitalism, white people, and Christians. He made a point of publicly insulting our long-time allies like Britain and Israel, and of bowing to the Muslim Saudi king and the Head Red of China. What has he done – ever – to contradict the notion that he believes America needs to be punished for her greatness, which he sees as having been achieved by criminal exploitation of “people of color”?

    Raised by Muslims and communists, on reaching young adulthood Obama-Soetoro, by his own self-aggrandizing admission, made conscious choices to closely associate himself with radical Marxists and black supremacists. These were, and are, people who ardently believe in the violent overthrow of our government and the destruction of America as a free, sovereign, capitalist nation. Are we now to believe that disarming America is not part of furthering this agenda?

    The Democrats seem to have the delusionary idea that having fewer nukes than China will persuade them to not attack us with theirs. This is not a notion that rational people share. It seems unlikely, too, that this is the “change” that many who voted for B. Hussein were hoping for. From what I have read, nukes don’t discern between the young and the old, the male and the female, the black and the white, the rich and the poor, the oppressor and the oppressed, the progressive and the conservative, the Muslim and the Infidel. Nukes kill ‘em all, and leave it to God to sort ‘em out. Not having enough nukes to act as a deterrent – and the Cold War proved their effectiveness as a deterrent – nor the apparent will to use them, is suicidal.

    Even a relatively small country like Iran, armed only with small nukes but run by religious zealots becomes a threat to every American, and every non-Muslim, world-wide. They have made clear that once they possess nukes, they intend to use them. A suitcase-size one, walked over the unclosed border from Mexico, could destroy a whole city and murder its entire population in a heartbeat, bringing the collapse noted above, and the imposition of martial law. With our military tied up in trying to defend/run our cities, our overseas interests, economic and political, disappear. Overnight, we become an isolated, poverty-stricken Third World has-been.

    Obama-Soetoro must not be allowed to get away with bringing down America. It’s bad enough that he appears to have almost no opposition to his policies that have already damaged us badly, looting the Treasury, and filling the pockets of his cronies/donors in the process. He must not be permitted to administer the coup de grace.

    The Tea Parties need to get active again, organizing some massive marches in Washington and elsewhere, like outside military bases, supporting, not denigrating our armed forces. We need to overwhelm the enemy with our numbers. And we need to send a loud, clear, unmistakable message to the political class that “we’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore!”

    Michael Oberndorf, RPA
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    The son of a German immigrant, I am an archaeologist by profession, with a BA from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and an MA from Leicester University, in England. I am also the Chairman of theFreedom21 Legislative Committee. Over the years, I have lived and worked all over the country, and traveled in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. I sincerely believe in the old saying, “America, love it or leave it.” Michael can be reached at:moberndorf@yahoo.com