President Bush’s plan for missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic may encounter problems as the Czech government reconsiders its agreement with the United States. In return for allowing construction of missile bases on its territory, the Czech government was to receive American support for its scientists who are working on military related activities. However, recent regional elections went overwhelmingly to opposition candidates who are ready to join groups which oppose ratification of the agreement in parliament. It is uncertain how Czech members of parliament react to hostile threats from Russia which is violently opposed to the missile bases.
Hopefully, newly elected president Barack Obama will veto the missile bases and reach out to establish friendly relations with Russia. Such a move will make moot any need to get treaties through hostile parliaments.