January 4, 2008

Voting for Euro Missile defense systems

"Perhaps the reason for the renewed impetus has political considerations in mind; establishing permanent, lasting defense links before November would make it difficult for the next U.S. administration to annul..."

Contrary to the popular view that little gets done in Washington during the “silly season”, particularly pertaining to matters national security, U.S. and Czech negotiators are stepping up plans to complete plans for the establishment of the Administration's "third site" for its missile defense system in Europe.

European press reports that the Czech Government will attempt to finalize its negotiations with Washington sooner rather than later:

“The Czech prime minister Mrek Topolanek has said he plans to tie up negotiations on a planned US defence shield before the end of President George W. Bush's administration and intends to visit Washington next month. Topolanek told the Hospodarske Noviny business daily he will fly out on February 27 on an official visit with the aim of pushing through a deal on hosting a missile tracking radar as part of the US plans. "At this stage there is no threat that the radar question will be postponed to a new American administration, we want to deal with this during this administrative term," he said.

“Chief US negotiator on the shield, John Rood, said during negotiations in Prague mid-December that the "finish line (for a deal) is certainly within view" but refused to give a target date. The US says it wants to extend its anti-missile shield to the two former Soviet bloc countries to counter the threat of an attack from "rogue" states such as Iran.”

Apparently the Czech leader wants to bring together plans with Poland where the Bush administration is pressing ahead to secure rapid funding to allow Boeing to start constructing its proposed base. The 10 anti-ballistic missile interceptors in Poland are meant to protect against a possible future threat to the U.S. by nuclear-armed Iranian intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Perhaps the reason for the renewed impetus by the Czechs has political undertones; establishing permanent, lasting defense links before November would make it difficult for the next U.S. administration to annul.

I do not believe Prague should be overly concerned about a Democrat conquest of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue just yet; however notwithstanding political factors, the establishment of a missile defense system is Europe is a positive move for U.S. and Western interests in spite of Russian or for that matter, any resistance.

Comments welcome...

7 comments:

MK said...

"I do not believe Prague should be overly concerned about a Democrat conquest..."

I disagree, i think just about any sane person should be concerned about that.

Coming back to the shield, yeah, good on them, i hope they get it wrapped up chop-chop, nothing like sticking it to that KGB chap over on the east..

American Interests said...

"I do not believe Prague should be overly concerned about a Democrat conquest..."

Somehow, I don't feel like the RP crowd will lose the White House...Remember when they used to say that Hillary was inevitable..?

WomanHonorThyself said...

hiya Otto!..can u believe we are worrying about "Russia" all over again..yikes!

Tapline said...

AI, Excellent post.... Looks like you have been busy. I haven't seen anything about this in the MSM, but then,,I didn't expect to. A few years ago we were thinking of pulling some troops out of Germany and building a base in Poland. I don't know what happened to that plan... They have been stedfast in their support for the US for many years. Stay well.....

American Interests said...

angel: and Iran!

tapline: understandably U.S. media is preoccupied with the Presdential race...its hotting up so I guess it's not unreasonalble...

GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD said...

Poland signed on too - right before Iran's 2K Kilometer range 'Ashura' missile was unveiled during the Annapolis Awakening. Czechland is also in range of such missiles.

American Interests said...

g.s.girlfriend: Thanx, chime in more often!