George Bush never met a peaceful situation he could not transform into a cauldron of steaming anger. The president took office at a time when US relations with Russia, while not perfect, still reflected a semblance of desire on both sides to cooperate. However, President Bush decided that Europe needed an anti-missile system to prevent attacks from “rogue nations” that remain unidentified although he most probably meant Iran and North Korea. The decision to construct anti-missile systems in the Czech Republic and Poland infuriated Russia and caused a new cold war to emerge. Czech protestors against the base urged their government to refuse cooperation with the United States since the only result will be to damage their nation’s relations with Russia. Most opinion polls suggest a majority of Czechs do not support the idea of missile bases.
Barack Obama has an excellent opportunity once in office to restore calm relations with Russia by voiding any anti-missile base construction. Most European leaders like President Sarkozy of France have urged an end to any effort to build such bases. If Europeans are against the anti-missile bases why is the United States building them for the ostensible reason of protecting Europe?
George Bush has done more to create problems with Russia than any other world leader. He insisted on constructing anti-missile bases in Poland despite offers from Russia to cooperate and have them constructed on their land. Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher on a visit to the Czech Republic indicated Obama might not go ahead with the proposed bases. “I am unwilling,” she said, “to dig holes in Poland and fill them up with untested rockers.” The economic crisis now impacting the United States might also be a factor in delaying such bases.
There is no rational reason to build anti-missile bases in Poland despite Bush claims it would prevent “rogue nations” from attacking Europe. Obviously, he referred to Iran and North Korea. There is no reason why Iran would attack Europe knowing full well it would result in the destruction of its nation. It is clear Bush envisioned Russia as the “rogue nation.” There is no reason why Russia would attack Europe.
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