English Doubles

Posted by Lex, on September 17, 2009


Dunno about you, but when I read this statement concerning the president’s plan to change course on Eastern European-based ballistic missile defenses, George Orwell came to mind:

“After an extensive process, I have approved the unanimous recommendations of my secretary of defense and my joint chiefs of staff to strengthen America’s defenses against ballistic-missile attack,” President Barack Obama said in an announcement Thursday morning.

He strengthened our defenses by eliminating them, you see. It is as flawless a gem of reason and logic as I have seen come out of Washington in months. Which might be saying something.

Or might not.

On the bright side, the president has finally found a way to distance himself from his predecessor’s foreign policy – GTMO, renditions, and distant wars have proven harder to undo than they had looked from the stump, and you only get one worldwide apology tour before the natives start to get restless.

That he did so at the expense  of our national security is bad enough. Throwing Poland and the Czech Republic under the bus is just a side benefit: Their governments expended considerable political capital at home agreeing to host the interceptor/radar suite designed to 1) counter the threat of long-range intimidation of our cultural allies from Iran and North Korea, and 2) bring eastern Europe into a strategic partnership with the Atlantic Alliance. But the latter purpose gave Russia’s  once-and-future king czar Vladimir Putin a case of the hives however. The administration no doubt hopes that this unilateral action will help press Hillary Clinton’s “reset” button.

If so, this is a notion that Moscow was quick to quash:

Russia on Thursday welcomed the news but said it saw no reason to offer concessions in return.

Heavens no, why should they? We’re giving it away.

All of this evokes a different Englishman entirely in the mind of history fan Jules, who also notes the auspiciousness of this particular date:

This is a much better deal for the neo-Stalinists than (Molotov-Ribbentrop) was. Cutting deals with Hitler was a predictably dodgy game, destined to end badly … as any fool could see given what Hitler was doing with the Munich Agreement. So the Obama-Putin Iranian Nuclear Disarmament/Eastern European Betrayal Pact is more like if Stalin had cut a deal with Chamberlain on, say, Sept. 2, 1939, to help contain Hitler. Or maybe like Hitler cutting a deal with Chamberlain to keep Mussolini in line.

History: tragedy, farce.

Update: Michael Goldfarb winds the clock all the way back to the president’s BMD speech in April of this year –

“So let me be clear: Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat, not just to the United States, but to Iran’s neighbors and our allies. The Czech Republic and Poland have been courageous in agreeing to host a defense against these missiles. As long as the threat from Iran persists, we will go forward with a missile defense system that is cost-effective and proven. If the Iranian threat is eliminated, we will have a stronger basis for security, and the driving force for missile defense construction in Europe will be removed.” — Barack Obama

All changed, changed utterly.


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