Fair is fair — this is a decision on which I agree with President Obama:
President Barack Obama has decided to scrap plans for a U.S. missile defense shield in the Czech Republic and Poland that had deeply angered Russia, the Czech prime minister confirmed Thursday.
NATO’s new chief hailed the move as “a positive step” and a Russian analyst said the move will increase the chances that Russia will cooperate more closely with the United States in the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.
Under the plan, which had been proposed by the Bush administration to defend the United States and its European allies against a possible missile attack from Iran or elsewhere in the Middle East, 10 interceptor rockets were to have been stationed in Poland and a radar system based in the Czech Republic.
The proposed missile shield was clearly a defensive move against Russia, not Iran. Too many defenders of the Bush administration saw no contradiction with putting missiles on Russia’s doorstep while at the same time railing against Russian arms sales to Venezuela.