September 16, 2009

The False Promise of Missile Defense

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Of the many security quagmires confronting President Barack Obama, perhaps the most challenging is how he navigates the Bush administration's decision to place missile defense installations in Eastern Europe. As a candidate, Obama didn't rule out keeping the Bush plan to put a missile defense radar in the Czech Republic and interceptors in Poland, but he did place the onus on the technology--i.e., it had to be viable. True to his campaign promise, upon taking office, he ordered a review of the program, which is about to be completed.

No matter how critical the report is--and most expect it to be highly skeptical of the Bush plan--it won't be easy for Obama to reverse course on European missile defense. Poland and the Czech Republic would hate to see their 15 minutes of fame end...

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TAGGED: Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, United States, North Korea, Czech Republic, Poland, Bush administration, President , candidate, Eastern Europe

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