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Obama Rethinks Bush Missile Plans

President Obama has decided to slow down any plans for missile defense systems in Poland or the Czech Republic which were the ideas of George Bush. The missile system was supposedly designed to deal with missiles from “rogue nations” but everyone with common sense knew they were aimed at Russia. Obama will either drop the plan or use the idea of dropping the missile system as a bargaining chip in negotiation with the Russians. The president is hesitant about investing huge sums for a project that is of dubious value. Why should the United States be involved in developing missile systems to protect Europe?

When Bush first proposed his plan, the Russian government offered use of its bases in order to develop a system for such missiles. Why not take up the Russian plan? It ends hostility with Russia and creates a system that would not be that expensive.

US-China Clash Over Missile Systems

One of the legacies of the Bush administration will be tensions it has created with Russia and now with China over creation of anti-missile defense systems. The United States is establishing an anti-missile defense system located in Poland and the Czech Republic which ostensibly is aimed at thwarting North Korean and Iranian missiles from attacking Europe. Of course, the United States is currently involved in discussions with North Korea which supposedly will result in an end to any nuclear missile threat. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates clashed with General Ma Xiaotian of the Chinese army over the issue of China’s “defensive” anti-missile system. Gates told reporters, “I don’t know what you use them for if it’s not for offensive capabilities.” He also dismissed China’s protests about American plans for an anti-missile defense system with Japan.

Gates expressed concern over China’s expanding military budget, which of course in no way compares to the American military budget. General Ma insisted “China’s defense expenditure is at a low level in contrast to some developed countries in the world.” There is no question China’s military budget is a fraction of that of the United States and is most probably proportional to its overall budget.

The Bush regime assumes the United States can build missile systems anywhere in the world and nations should accept the concept that America is merely in the business of defense, not offense. Of course, other nations which construct missile systems are in the business of offense, not defense. The arrogance of power is the only way to describe this attitude.

Cheney In Turkey Discussing Middle East

Vice Presdient Dick Cheney is holding talks with Turkish military and civilian leaders during a quick stop-over on his way back home. he reviewed with Turkish officials the need for ongoing cooperation in sharing intelligence between the countries and he urged Turkey to increase its troop presence in Afghanistan, especially in southern regions of the country where there is an extensive Taliban presence. The vice president also wants Turkey to use its influence and persuade Iran to halt further development of its nuclear program. He was also expected to promote the US led missile project that supposedly protects Turkey, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria against missiles from someone.

Protestors gathered in the streets and chanted messages like, “Cheney, get out of Turkey, get out of Iraq” and asked why their nation’s leaders were meeting with someone they considered to be a ‘war criminal.”

One of the mysteries of the current military defense process is why the United States is creating an anti-missile system to protect European Union nations such as Greece or Rumania or Poland or the Czech Republic. One would assume if the EU feels there is a missile threat it is perfectly capable of developing its own anti-missile program. Why is the United States undertaking such a task? These are the questions raised inside Russia and they are legitimate ones.

Russia Warns Ukraine About EU Membership

At a meeting witht the prime minister of the Ukraine, Russia’s President Putin addressed the issue of American missiles that would soon be based in Poland and the Czech Republic. He warned the Ukrainian leader that seeking membership in the European Union would undoubtedly result in a changed Russian attitude toward his nation. “I am not only terrified to utter this,” said Putin, “it is scary to think Russia… could have to target its offensive rocket systems at the Ukraine.” If the Ukraine enters the European Union it might well have the United States place its missile systems on their territory.

At the meeting, Russia’s foreign minister warned that a declaration of independence by Kosovo could result in a “chain reaction” throughout the region. Russia is always fears that parts of its nation might also seek to declare independence.

There is no justifiable grounds for installling American missile defense systems in Poland or the Czech Republic. Claims about possible missiles from North Korea or Iran are ridiculous. If that is the fear, why didn’t the United States accept the Russian offer that it could establish missile defense systems on its territory? Russia is closer to Iran and North Korea than Poland and the Czech Republic. The real reason lies in the warped mind of George Bush who lacks any understanding of international relations. We are living in 2008 when there is no threat of a Russian attack and Bush thinks he is living in 1958.