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Obama discards Bush’s missile-defense shield

September 18, 2009

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President Barack Obama speaks Thursday about canceling a U.S. missile defense shield in the Czech Republic and Poland, which had deeply angered Russia.

President Barack Obama speaks Thursday about canceling a U.S. missile defense shield in the Czech Republic and Poland, which had deeply angered Russia.

— President Barack Obama abruptly canceled a long-planned missile shield for Eastern Europe on Thursday, replacing a Bush-era project that was bitterly opposed by Russia with a plan he contended would better defend against a growing threat of Iranian missiles.

The United States will no longer seek to erect a missile base and radar site in Poland and the Czech Republic, poised at Russia’s hemline. That change is bound to please the Russians, who had never accepted U.S. arguments that the shield was intended as a defense against Iran and other “rogue states.”

Scrapping the planned shield, however, means upending agreements with the host countries that had cost those allies political support among their own people.

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lounger 4 years, 7 months ago

Thank God! The whole missile shield debacle was going to be a waste of money anyway. It never worked in test runs and it makes the united states look silly. Another Obama thumbs up for sure!!!

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